Air-dry clay Make-up sponge Fine sandpaper Porcelain paint Fine-tipped paint brush Gloss varnish
Wet your hands, then take a small piece of clay and roll it into a ball. If you want your finished pots to be stackable, repeat the process, making each ball of clay larger than the last.
Press your thumbs into the centre of a ball, then slowly work the clay outwards to make a small bowl shape. Smooth the clay as you go, until the clay is an even thickness all around.
Cut off any excess clay around the rim, then using a damp make-up sponge or similar, smooth out the surface of the pot, taking care to cover any cracks or rough areas.
Repeat Steps 2-3 with the remaining balls of clay, then leave to dry for 24- 48 hours until the clay is a lighter colour all over. Use a fine sandpaper to smooth the pots again.
Paint on dots, dashes or lines with the porcelain paints to decorate – the simpler the design, the better – then leave to dry. Alternatively, you could use acrylic paint mixed with a small amount of gloss paint – this will give you a similar finish.
Once dry, coat each pot with a thin layer of varnish, then leave to dry again. If necessary, add a second coat, then leave to dry thoroughly before using. Francesca Stone’s blog, Fall For DIY, is a place for her to explore her hands-on side and her lifelong love of making. Sharing ideas and skills is Francesca’s passion, and on the rare occasion she’s not getting stuck into a new project, you’ll find her enjoying a taco or two. www.fallfordiy.com