How to Clay Pods

creating a pod or hollow clay object comes in handy for many things, small containers, piggy banks, bird houses, cool planters, fun folk animals... endless possibilities!!

How to Clay Pods
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wedge up your clay

wedge up your clay

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make two balls the SAME  size and have some extra handy

make two balls the SAME size and have some extra handy

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3
Extra clay place in the bag to stay moist

Extra clay place in the bag to stay moist

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start making your first pinch pot by holding the ball of clay in your non-dominate hand and pressing your thumb in with your dominate hand

start making your first pinch pot by holding the ball of clay in your non-dominate hand and pressing your thumb in with your dominate hand

5
thumbs on the inside and fingers on the outside. thin out he bottom first

thumbs on the inside and fingers on the outside. thin out he bottom first

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leave the rim thick, not thicker then your thumb

leave the rim thick, not thicker then your thumb

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do the same with the second ball of clay.  make both balls the same size pinch pots , if they are uneven it will be difficult to put them together

do the same with the second ball of clay. make both balls the same size pinch pots , if they are uneven it will be difficult to put them together

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keep testing to see if they match up and are the desired size

keep testing to see if they match up and are the desired size

9
tap the rim down so it is flat

tap the rim down so it is flat

10
score both rims of the pinch pots

score both rims of the pinch pots

11
slip one of the pinch pots so you don't have slip oozing out

slip one of the pinch pots so you don't have slip oozing out

12
use your finger to lightly smooth two pots together

use your finger to lightly smooth two pots together

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score the whole area where you smoothed

score the whole area where you smoothed

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roll a coil, make sure it is very moist that way it will be easier to work with it it is all dried out it will not blend in well to the pod

roll a coil, make sure it is very moist that way it will be easier to work with it it is all dried out it will not blend in well to the pod

15
flatten the coil you need to work sort of fast so it doesn't dry out.  i call it a band-aid that will wrap around the whole pod

flatten the coil you need to work sort of fast so it doesn't dry out. i call it a band-aid that will wrap around the whole pod

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score it

score it

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wrap the band-aid around on the scored and slipped area

wrap the band-aid around on the scored and slipped area

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smooth one side first

smooth one side first

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then the other

then the other

21
gently paddle the surface to smooth and get desired form (egg like or sphere like)

gently paddle the surface to smooth and get desired form (egg like or sphere like)

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all smooth add water if you need to. NOW get creative... turn it into an animal or container. Most important make sure there is a small hole or opening in the pod so it does not explode in the kiln.

all smooth add water if you need to. NOW get creative... turn it into an animal or container. Most important make sure there is a small hole or opening in the pod so it does not explode in the kiln.

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