Weekend To-Do: This Air-Dry Clay Bowl From ‘A Nicely-Crafted Residence’

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We’re not too simply allergic to DIYs – however so a lot of them promise a significant mess and minor type factors. This beautiful venture from A Nicely-Crafted Residence is an exception to the rule; the mess is minor and elegance factors MAJOR. Prepared your weekend workspace and get the directions beneath straight from the pages of A Nicely-Crafted Residence…

Natural in type, these bowls break up the stable traces of a standard bowl. I really like the torn edge; utilizing an sudden materials like air-dry clay achieves this look fantastically. This venture is for anybody who’s drawn to pottery or ceramics however doesn’t have a kiln. Utilizing kitchen nesting bowls because the mildew for the clay, you create a stunning set of layered edges when they’re stacked on prime of each other.

Embrace the fingerprints and smudges that include working in clay. These naturally occurring inconsistencies solely improve the individuality and natural, handmade really feel of those bowls.

Air-Dry Clay Bowl


2.2 lb bundle of DAS air-hardening clay
1 cup water, in a small bowl
dish detergent
gold leaf, acrylic paint or enamel paint, non-obligatory

masking tape
plastic drop material
rolling pin
ceramic or steel bowls to make use of as molds, any measurement
icing spatula


Tape down a layer of plastic drop material to a flat, easy desk. Take away the clay from the bundle and tear off about half from the majority chunk. If you’re beginning with a small bowl, use much less. Wrap up the remaining clay so it doesn’t dry.

Moist your arms and knead the clay for a few minute to heat it up and make it pliable. Place the clay on the middle of the plastic drop material and press it firmly along with your palm. Begin rolling it flat with the rolling pin, working evenly in all instructions. Attempt to hold it the identical thickness all through as you roll. Cease while you get it to about three mm thick.

(To create an oversize bowl, ensure that your clay thickness is not less than three to four mm when rolled out. It will stop it from cracking when heavier objects, like fruit, are positioned inside.)

Put a bowl face down on the plastic, close to the rolled-out clay. Roll the clay very gently across the rolling pin, middle it over the bowl and unroll it to drape it excessive.

Gently push the clay into the form of the bowl. Use just a little water in your arms, as wanted, to easy out any tiny cracks or uneven surfaces and form the clay.  You’ll be able to hold the perimeters very natural, however you may rip off sections for various results.

Let the clay dry for two to four hours. The thicker the clay, the extra time it might want to dry. Earlier than it totally dries, take away the clay from the mildew: Gently stick a skinny spatula between the mildew and the clay and run it across the total type very slowly so the clay doesn’t rip.

As soon as it comes free, set the clay bowl proper facet as much as totally treatment, about 24 hours. Clear your instruments with heat water and dish detergent.

You’ll be able to go away the bowl as-is as soon as dry, or you may personalize it by portray it with gold leaf and/or acrylic or enamel paint.

Reprinted from A Nicely-Crafted Residence. Copyright © 2017 by Janet Crowther. Pictures by Julia Wade. Revealed by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random Home, LLC.

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