Home­made Pot­tery

Get a lit­tle cre­ative with this sim­ple home­made mod­el­ling dough.

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Get cre­ative with sim­ple mod­el­ling dough

Signs of spring

Use leaves with strong shapes and veins (for in­stance try puka, lad­der fern and rhodo­den­dron leaves) to press into the clay. Roll a ball of dough be­tween the backs of two large leaves (right). Drape the dough gen­tly over a shal­low dish to sup­port it in a curved shape as it dries. Or press a thick layer of dough around glass jars to cre­ate a wa­ter­proof vase (be­low). Firmly press leaves into the sides.

As the weather warms and the days grow longer and lighter it’s a good time to be nur­tur­ing our cre­ative spirit. There is some­thing so very sat­is­fy­ing about the feel­ing of soft dough be­tween our fin­gers – and the sim­ple plea­sure of rolling and shap­ing mod­el­ling dough can both help you to be in the mo­ment and to en­cour­age new ideas to un­furl. Whip up a batch of this two-in­gre­di­ent clay and get started to­day. Mod­el­ling tips Bak­ing soda clay is softer and can be less elas­tic than other clays, so rolling it out onto grease­proof pa­per will make it eas­ier to han­dle.

Roll the dough out evenly and use card­board tem­plates to cut it into the shapes you want.

Lay shapes flat on grease­proof pa­per­lined bak­ing trays, or drape them over small bowls to sup­port them as they dry.

When cre­at­ing cones, cover a pa­per cone with grease­proof pa­per and put this in­side the dough cone to sup­port it as it dries.

Slowly air-dry­ing your cre­ations will make them less likely to crack, so find a cool, safe place for them to dry and al­low at least 3-4 days, de­pend­ing on the thick­ness of the pieces. You can care­fully flip pieces over oc­ca­sion­ally to help them dry flat.

Once pieces are fully dry you can glue them to­gether us­ing PVA glue or a hot glue gun.

You can keep bak­ing soda clay in an air­tight con­tainer or wrap it in a damp towel to pre­vent it from dry­ing out be­fore you use it. How­ever it is best to make the dough in small batches and use it while it is still fresh.

Soda dough cre­ations can be painted or coated in a clear var­nish to help pro­tect them. Or sim­ply leave them white.

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