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How To : Make a moose bead out of polymer clay

This video tutorial is going to show you how to make a Moose Bead from Polymer Clay by Garden of Imagination. You begin with clay and make a shape it like the head of the moose as shown in the video. Then take more clay and make the ears and attach them to the head. Now take l ...more

How To : Make a polymer clay rainbow cane

This video explains how to make a polymer clay "rainbow cane," which, amongst other things, can be used to make jewelry or pendants. First, you must run a conditioned piece of each color of clay through a pasta machine. Then, cut each color into a square, and from there cut ea ...more

How To : Make a ceramic slab plate

In this video, we learn how to make a ceramic slab plate. First, roll out the ceramic. After this, place the clay on butcher or newspaper and smooth it out with a plastic card. Repeat this on the other side. Next, use a paper template to help cut your design or use a circular ...more

How To : Recuperate clay to soften it

Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to soften clay by recuperating it. This helpful how-to video teaches several techniques to recuperate and soften your clay that are easy enough for beginners. You'll never be stuck again when your clay gets too hard after you wat ...more

How To : Trim a tall ceramic pot

Watch this instructional ceramics video to learn how to trim a tall pot on the pottery wheel. First, wet the rim of the pot and stick the pot upside-down to the bat. make sure that the pot of centered on the wheel. It's good to turn the turn the wheel slowly when trimming, to ...more

How To : Double dip or glaze ceramic

In this tutorial, Simon Leach teaches us how to double dip or glaze ceramic. This trick will save you a lot of time, just make sure you practice a lot. First, mix your glaze up in a large bucket and grab your pot that you want to glaze. Now, place your piece into the glaze and ...more

How To : Make a mini cupcake polymer cake mold

Use the tread on wire-nut, to create a mold for mini clay cupcakes. Usually used for joining together electrical wires, the repeated lines of the wire-nut will here be used to form the ridges expected on a cupcake bottom. Press the wire-nut into a small piece of clay to form a ...more

How To : Make a Santa hat bead from polymer clay

To make a Santa hat bead, begin with red clay and condition it by kneading it with your fingertips. Form the clay into a thick worm shape, with it being the thickest at one end then tapering off. Use your fingertip to make a shallow indentation on the thicker end, and remove a ...more

How To : Center on the potter's wheel with clay

Perfect your ability to center on a Potter's wheel with these tips from Andy Ruble. There are several different ways to go about centering, but the general principle is to put equal pressure on the top and side of the ball of clay and clay has no choice but to go in the middle ...more

How To : Make a clay pie pan

Clay pottery is a fun and creative art form that can be done with slabs of clay and not only on a spinning wheel. This free video clip series will show you several tips on how to construct a clay pie pan and open a world of design ideas for you. Part 1 of 6 - How to Make a cla ...more

How To : Make a pottery clean up sink in a garage studio

Pottery is a messy craft, and will be even messier without a decent cleaning station. A makeshift studio can be converted from a small space in the garage with a few innovative ideas. Learn how to make a pottery clean up sink in a garage studio by watching this video tutorial.

How To : Join two pieces of soft clay

Check out this video to learn a technique for attaching soft clay to soft clay. No scoring or slip is needed. By just applying firm pressure to get a good strong joint. The small clay coil is used to reinforce the joints, and the blending is to make sure both parts are joint s ...more

How To : Make miniature gingerbread men from polymer clay

Learn how to sculpt a miniature gingerbread men out of polymer clay with this free video art lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for those with some familiarity of polymer clay sculpture, novice sculpters should be able to follow along given a little effort. For specifi ...more

How To : Build a slab for clay pottery

Clay pottery is a fun and creative art form that can be done with slabs of clay and not only on a spinning wheel. This free video clip series will show you several tips on how to construct vases of all different shapes and open a world of design ideas for you. Part 1 of 30 - H ...more

How To : Make miniature macaroons from polymer clay

See how to sculpt miniature macaroon charms out of polymer clay with this free video art lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for those with some familiarity of polymer clay sculpture, novice sculpters should be able to follow along given a little effort. For specifics, ...more

How To : Make a simple clay and ash glaze

This method of making glaze utilizes environmental supplies. That way there's no need to rely on a clay supply store, so it's great to save money or time if it's a distance to the nearest supplier. Watch this video pottery tutorial and learn how to make a simple ceramic glaze ...more

How To : Have two faceting techniques with Simon Leach

In this video, ceramic artist Simon Leach demonstrates and shows you two different faceting techniques, when potting. The first technique is complete shaving to add more dimension to, your ashtray or small bowl. The second is a half way shave, for a different yet fun look to y ...more

How To : Throw a tall cylinder on a pottery wheel

Watch this instructional ceramics video to throw a tall cylinder on a pottery wheel. Using one hand to act as a brace, it is necessary to keep to a careful process of slowly pulling the clay upwards with even pressure until the clay walls are about 1/4" thick. The tall cylinde ...more

How To : Throw an upside down double walled pottery vase

In this tutorial, we learn how to throw an upside down double walled pottery vase. Start off by using water every few seconds to craft your vase. Use your fingers to press down in the middle, to make the round shape and have the vase rise up into the air. Make this into a bowl ...more

How To : Mix your own clay at home

This video tutorial shows how to mix your own clay body. Covered are the basic types of clay, fluxes, and fillers. When testing clay body mixtures, make 1000 gram batches dry, then add water to that. This way a percentage recipe can be taken and just by moving the decimal poin ...more

How To : Decorate bisque pottery with red iron oxide

This is a video tutorial of decorating bisque with red iron oxide. Red iron oxide can be layered, fired, watered-down, and used in many ways to add a finish to a piece of bisque pottery. Bisqueware absorbs the color easily, so the two materials work well together. Pick up some ...more

How To : Decorate raw clay pottery with white slip

In this video pottery-making tutorial, Simon uses a white slip made from half china clay and half stoneware clay. Slip is an alternative to glaze for finishing a potted project. Simon also demonstrates an easy project to make a paint brush holder that will keep tools in place ...more

How To : Fit a lamp base into pottery with Simon Leach

In this video by Simon Leach, we learn how to fit a lamp base into pottery with Simon Leach. First, you will take the lamp base that has all the wires inside of it. From here, you will wire the cables through the proper fittings for the light. Then, you need to put a hole in t ...more

How To : Throw a simple ceramic vase on a pottery wheel

This simple vase is thrown on a pottery wheel from the same piece of clay in under six minutes. See as the clay takes shape to make a vase. Watch this video pottery making tutorial and learn how to quickly throw a simple ceramic vase.

How To : Make Clay Sculptures

In this ceramics video series, learn how to make terracotta clay sculptures from ceramics art expert Chitrotpola Mukherjee. Chitrotpola will teach you all about making clay sculptures including how to make multiple clay molds using dies, how to bake clay before glazing, how t ...more

How To : Prepare clay for wheel throwing

Georgia Tech resident pottery instructor, Trip, describes how to knead clay and get it ready for use on the wheel. First you need a piece of soft scrap or fresh clay. When kneading, or wedging the clay, try to force out all of the air bubbles. The kneading board should help to ...more

How To : Throw a big ceramics bowl with clay

Check out this instructional ceramics video to learn how to throw a big ceramics bowl with clay. Learn how to center a larger piece of clay: get into a ball, slap it on the wheel, center it as best as you can before you get it wet. Practice your ceramics making skills with thi ...more

How To : Make a wiggle cup or spiral bowl

Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to make a wiggle cup, a loose spiral bowl similar to a faceted bowl used mainly with wood firing. The detailed instructions in this helpful how-to video will allow intermediate to advanced potters to make wiggle cups or loose spi ...more

How To : Make a steampunk bunny

This video teaches you how to make a steampunk bunny. You want to start off by making a blob with a fairly light color. Then you want to use a sharp stainless steel tool to create a round head. Make sure to make the head of the bunny is forwarded a little bit so that it looks ...more

How To : Do glaze trailing and pouring for pottery

Simon Leach teaches us how to glaze trailing and pouring for pottery. First, you will dip the entire pot into the glaze after you have poured it into the middle. Wind up your wrist as you are pouring it out so you cover all of the sides in it. Just dip it down a little bit so ...more

How To : How to throw a medieval pot

Watch this Medieval pottery demonstration by Jim Newboult of Trinity Court Potteries at an English Heritage Living History event at Kenilworth Castle. This pottery wheel is not a kick wheel. It's an incredibly silent hand powered pottery wheel. This ceramics demonstration will ...more

How To : Make a clay goblet

Clay pottery requires patience and detail with every tool you use to hand craft your piece. Learn about clay forming tips that you will need from a pottery expert to create a goblet in this free video clip. Make a clay goblet - Part 1 of 10. Click through to watch this video o ...more

How To : Polish the surface of clay sculptures

Watch this instructional ceramics video to learn how to polish a piece of hand built clay sculpture before you fire it. Every piece of hand built clay sculpture should dry very slowly to avoid cracking. Use the back of a spoon to slowly polish out any imperfections on a smooth ...more

How To : Throw a ceramic casserole dish

Simon Leach demonstrates on the pottery wheel how to throw a casserole dish, and a casserole lid, in this series of videos. Part 1 of 5 - How to Throw a ceramic casserole dish. Part 2 of 5 - How to Throw a ceramic casserole dish. Part 3 of 5 - How to Throw a ceramic casserol ...more

How To : Throw double bowls on a pottery wheel

Double bowls are bowls that are connected together, such as a container that can be used for dip and salsa. This tutorial shows you how you can throw two similar bowls and attach them to create your own ceramic double bowls. Part 1 of 2 - How to Throw double bowls on a pottery ...more

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