How to Make a Soda Can Mug

Created for my 5th grade students.

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How to Make a Soda Can Mug
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Gather supplies: clay tools, paddle or burlap scrap, and a jar of slip.

Gather supplies: clay tools, paddle or burlap scrap, and a jar of slip.

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You will need one 4.5 x 8.5 template for tracing clay, and one 5 x 9 piece of construction paper. Tape the construction paper around the can.

You will need one 4.5 x 8.5 template for tracing clay, and one 5 x 9 piece of construction paper. Tape the construction paper around the can.

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Collect a "slab rolling kit" = 1 piece of cloth or canvas, 2 sticks about 1/4in thick, one rolling pin, and a slab of clay

Collect a "slab rolling kit" = 1 piece of cloth or canvas, 2 sticks about 1/4in thick, one rolling pin, and a slab of clay

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Keep the rolling pin on top of the sticks as you roll out a long slab of clay.

Keep the rolling pin on top of the sticks as you roll out a long slab of clay.

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Make sure the slab is larger than the template but don't cut it out yet.

Make sure the slab is larger than the template but don't cut it out yet.

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Add texture to your clay slab.

Add texture to your clay slab.

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Trace the template to cut out a 4.5" x 8.5" rectangle.

Trace the template to cut out a 4.5" x 8.5" rectangle.

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Wrap your clay around the bottom of the can. Work on a pallet or piece of burlap so it does not stick to the table.

Wrap your clay around the bottom of the can. Work on a pallet or piece of burlap so it does not stick to the table.

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Score the two edges, add slip...

Score the two edges, add slip...

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...and use a flat tool to blend the seams together.

...and use a flat tool to blend the seams together.

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Roll out a small slab of clay and trace the bottom of your mug.

Roll out a small slab of clay and trace the bottom of your mug.

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Score. Slip.

Score. Slip.

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Blend those edges together.

Blend those edges together.

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Roll out a narrow slab for the handle. Add texture and trim.

Roll out a narrow slab for the handle. Add texture and trim.

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Score. Slip. Blend.

Score. Slip. Blend.

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Pull the can out while the clay is still wet.

Pull the can out while the clay is still wet.

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Sign the bottom of your masterpiece.

Sign the bottom of your masterpiece.

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Fix any details that need fixing, and place your clay in the "fire me" zone.

Fix any details that need fixing, and place your clay in the "fire me" zone.

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