How do I make coasters out of clay?

by Teres

can you help me find it again on the site...thought I saved it but can't find it now

  9 answers
  • Are these the ones you are looking for.

  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Feb 11, 2020

    These ones are gorgeous

  • William William on Feb 11, 2020

    Here's a few more

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Feb 11, 2020

    Coasters are Easy.

    Even myself with almost Zero Aptitude in Art (I am my worst critic, my art teacher really adored my Senior Popsicle Stick House/Raft Project which used much fewer than the 300 popsicle sticks we were allotted and was titled: the Escape of the Starving Artist), can make all these and other items that are similar, like a Vase or a Lamp or Candleholder or a Chandelier.

    You make them just like little pies from pie dough (which I love BTW) except with Clay.

    You need tools: a Washable Plastic for Rolling, Small Rolling Pin from Dollar General, a Glass or Two, an Exacto knife, a Kiln or Used Toaster Oven, decent Gloves, and either of: Some Sandpaper or Sharpening Paper, Cloth or Wool.

    You just roll out the clay, cut them out as Perfect Circles with any old or new plastic glass or glass and You then bake the Clay.

    If you want Hollows you use two different sized glasses, one Small, One Large.

    If you want it semi-translucent you roll it out very very thin, and be cautious with your layers as they will get sharp as a Razor but also: very fragile.

    You can then sand, paint or glaze these any way you like with the same paints and sparkles that you use on Ceramics.

    Same can be said of working with Glass, except, Glass is not soft like dough or clay.

    With Glass You are using a Rotational Drill Bit to Cut Glass (an automated table assists much with the prevention of injury).

    These All Stack up like Coins and each indeed has a Cost.

    You also need to use a very good Epoxy that has waterproofing qualities.

    How do I know?

    I've built Props, Chandeliers, Lamps, Frames, etc for my Clients in the 90s.

    I've even constructed Glass Computer Cases with Refrigeration Units.

    It becomes routine and easy when you have a Plan that uses Common Components for Models.

    Real Clay however as you see in Schools of Art is often worst to work with than Plaster Paris: messy and wet, so: you will need to clean your tools quite often.

    With those you should really designate an Area if you plan to do this alot.

    But with a Dry Baking Clay, like you can get at Michael's and all other Art Suppliers, is far less messy.

    And Craft Suppliers do sell metal shapes that can use as cutters for Clay just like Cookie Cutters.

    Those too need to stay clean.

    Anyway, enjoy your first Dive into Artisanship.

    Don't make it a Belly flop. LOL.

  • Hi Teres - Not with clay, but this is an easy way to take some old Mason Jar lids and turn them into super cute coasters. Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly

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