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Step 1: Supplies for Ceramics
These are the supplies for the ceramic hook part of the project.
Clay (I used white grog, low fire)
underglazes and clear over glaze.
access to a kiln.
Step 2: Supplies for Wood
wood board 24"X5" I used pine because it is fairly soft and easy to work with.
Step 3: Begin Making the Hooks
Using a chunk of clay about the size of a baseball begin to create the hook. I like to make faces and then pull the nose shape to create the actual hook. I say pull the nose because if you do it that way the hook is stronger then if you shape the nose seperate and then attach it. One of the hooks has the chin as a hook, I made that one the same way by pulling the clay.
I use my thumbs to create the nostrils. The nose (or chin) needs to be turned up a bit. If it is straight whatever you hang on the hook has a tendency to fall off!
Continue making the features, I pressed indentations into the clay for eyes, then rolled two smaller balls of clay for the eyeballs. I used slip (liquid clay) to attach the clay.
Using a sharp pencil I poked into the clay to make a pupil.
Use the pencil to make a hole in the forhead to screw the hook to the wood.
I manipulated the clay a little to create the mouth and chin.
The clay needs to get completely dry and then fired in the kiln to bisque. Use underglazes to decorate the hooks.
Then using clear glaze, glaze the hooks and re fire.
Step 12: Wood
While the clay pieces are progressing prepare the wood. First sand all edges.
Polycrylic board several coats, follow directions
On the back side of the board, measure 3.4" from top of wood and 1" from end.
Screw a strap hanger to each end of the rack.
Space your hooks on the front side of the wood and screw them on.