Sunday, 21 January 2018

Yarn Bowls

A while back I asked my friend from @creativemeza if she thinks I can make my own yarn bowls from polymer clay. I really wanted to make my own yarn bowls and was busy exploring the different ways I could achieve this. 

We then came up with the idea to ask another friend who makes ceramics, to pour us a couple of bowls. Isn't it wonderful to have such a great circle of friends!!! We worked on the greenware to cut out our shapes and sculpted sheep, bears and little dolls to add to our bowls.  

It was quite a long process and a lot of learning took place.  I learned that the clay is super soft and one has to work very carefully.  I learned which shapes works best on certain bowl shapes, how much glaze is needed and how firing at the wrong temperature can influence the colors.  

We starting cutting and sculpting on the greenware. We let it dry out completely before painting bowls. 

Next up was fine sanding and smoothing out some rough edges on the bowls.  This was the most challenging part.  They are extremely soft to work with and some didn't make it.  Then came the exciting part of painting the bowls.

After they survived the kiln, we painting them with glaze and fired them again.  

I was so excited to see the final product!  I am sure I will find each one of them a place and fill them with beautiful yarn!

What a wonderful journey this was and every step was exciting and fun!  Definitely something I will do again!

1 comment:

  1. Working with ceramics is fun, and scary at the same time. Unlike many other crafts, there's a large part of the process one doesn't have control over. But this is part of the fun! Whatever comes out of the kiln after the last firing is a surprise.
    Your yarn bowls are beautiful! (Like your Etsy shop in the side bar too).


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