Pierced and Sculpted Goblin Planter Out of Clay

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Introduction: Pierced and Sculpted Goblin Planter Out of Clay

About: I love Caladiums

I love the weird and wild. So I decided to sculpt a planter out of clay.

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

I used a pound of low fire earthenware clay, a pottery wheel, various colors of underglaze ( I use speedball brand), Amaco Leaf green glaze, various sculpting tools, some cheap colored flexible wire ( I bought it from a dollar store), a sponge, water and slip. Don't forget the most important tool.... your imagination!!!

Step 2: Basic Shape on the Wheel

Using the pottery wheel I made a basic cylinder shaped pot. I removed it from the bat and allowed it to reach leather hard stage while covered with plastic.

Step 3: Adding Details

Using small clumps of clay and slip I added shapes to form facial features. I used a damp sponge and wet paintbrush to smooth out the edges.

Step 4: Underglaze and Piercings

I added some underglaze to the Goblin before the bisque firing. I also added some piercings with a needle tool to the ears so I could place the earrings in later. I made the holes larger than the wire size because clay shrinks when it dries.

Step 5: Finished Goblin!

After the bisque firing I brushed on 3 coats of the Amaco Leaf green glaze and put it back in the kiln. Once it was cool I snipped the wire and inserted it into its ears as earrings. I used needle nose pliers to bend the wire pieces into loops.

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    5 Comments

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    rozzieozzie
    rozzieozzie

    1 year ago

    Very cool! I wonder if he would scare the squirrels away from my tomato plants...

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    This is very impressive and I love the earrings :)

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    daytonableach
    daytonableach

    Question 1 year ago on Step 4

    This is really cool and inspiring. I have some clay here but not sure how to fire it or add glaze.

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    LeslieGeee
    LeslieGeee

    1 year ago

    This is such a fun design. Thank you for posting it. I do not have a potters wheel or a kiln so I think polymer clay would work very well for this application. I would use a plastic pot or a large coffee can as an insert to help with keeping the polyclay from sagging while building. Because the temp to cure the clay is so low I doubt it will melt the insert. BUT, the is yet to be seen. A metal can can be used also :)

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    seamster
    seamster

    1 year ago

    Love it! Very fun design, and perfect choice of a hair-like plant. Looks fantastic : )