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How to make ceramic products - ornaments,souvenirs,etc.

Updated on August 5, 2016

Venetian mask

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My hobby - ceramics

My best hobby is making ornaments, candle holders, Venetian masks, pendants and similar products of ceramic. It's actually made of the powder mixed with water, which dryes in about half hour. It's similar to Plaster of Paris in other countryes, but in our language we call it ''keramasa''. And because this is fun, i decided to share the work with you. Even your kids can help you with this. It's actually fun for whole family. I adore my hobby of making ceramics.

Till now I made manny of these products and even sell them all. So now I'm creating new ones. For coloring of this products i use acrylic colors and brushes, for finnishing them i use lacquer. It's not hard to make them, you just need time and patient.

Candle holder

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Making ceramic products

For start you need:

- white Plaster of Paris (powder),

- water (not much - let's say 0.50 cups),

- plastic bowl (you'll make mass in it),

- spatula or something similar to mix it,

- molds of your product (for pendant you need pendant's molds)

This are the things you need to make product. So, you pour water in plastic bowl. Add Plaster of Paris and mix it. You have to make mass, which is not too much liquid and not too much hard. For example, make mass liquid as much as mass for making pancakes.

When you mixed it, pour the mass in moulds. Don't pour too much, leave a little egde. Than leave it to dry. Wash the plastic bowl when you use all mass, so it doesn't stick to the bowl. It dryes very quickly.

Basics of plaster of Paris

Important!

The mass is better if you add Plaster of Paris into water not vice versa. It's easier to mix and the bubbles won't appear so much as they apper if you make it vice versa. That bubbles at dryed ceramic is seen as little holes. So, it's better to add Plaster of Paris to water, as i said before. I do it this way, because it's better for me. And also the finnished products are more beautiful this way.

In the video you see, how she adds water to Plaster of Paris, what isn't recommended.

But, she makes another interesting ceramic product, so watch it, it's interesting.

Painted products

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Painting

So, now that your product is dry, remove it from the mold. Sanding the edges with sanding paper, so they won't be sharp. But don't push too much for sanding. Do it gentle, just to make smooth edges. Blow the dust from the product, or remove it with dry, clean brush. Than the product is ready for painting.

For painting i use acrylic colors, because they are persistent and beautiful to see. Use many colors, red, blue, white, black, maybe even mix them a little bit to get new color. I use Decorfin Universal Satin colors (16 ml bottles). You also must have different thickness of brushes. Take brush and start painting as you wish.

Usually when you take product out of mold, you can still see the main shapes on product. You just have to paint on that shapes.

Finnished product

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Coating with varnish

When you're finnished with your painting and the products are dry, you must coating them with varnish. Just take the thickest dry and clean brush and apply varnish on products.

When you do that, your product will shine and it will look great.

Now you see, it's fun to make this products, you only need time, as I told you before. I hope you'll try to make some products when you read this. If you do, let me know that.

Photo gallery of my products

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      Scimarec 3 years ago

      Beautiful creation! For industrial ceramic products you can have a look on Scimarec website i.e. http://scimarec.biowebinc.com - a company specializing and manufacturing high-end, high-quality ceramic products for its customers with world-class service. Scimarec manufactures crucibles, nozzles, rods, catalyst products, diffusers, ferrules and tubes for the industrial sector.

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      Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      These are beautiful ceramic creations. Even with your helpful instructions, I'm not sure I could create that well made of a product.

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      Romana 4 years ago from Ljubljana,Slovenia

      Well thank you... I'm glad you helped me and told me... :)

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      We actually love the English when we hear foreign accents. The same goes for writing. If you have Microsoft Word, you can write your hubs in that first and it will underline mistakes for you. If you hover or click on the red lines, it will give you suggestions on how to fix it.

      But really, we like the way you write :-)

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      Romana 4 years ago from Ljubljana,Slovenia

      Thank you all for votes and comments. You should really try to make them, they're beautiful...

      As for my English, I admit, it's not so good, but I'm trying. So, if you see some mistakes, please, warn me, I won't be mad. I'd be glad, because you helped me...

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      I love this hub, those masks are gorgeous, voted up, awesome and shared.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Maybe you need to work a bit on written English, but your ideas and creativity are excellent! I love the masks and other colorful objects you have done and your photography is very good.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      Hello and welcome to HubPages! You did a good job! I think I made one lopsided dish in high school. lol However, this looks like something that would be fun to learn. So maybe I should check into it again.

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      Romana 4 years ago from Ljubljana,Slovenia

      Thank you...

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi there, welcome to Hubpages! I really liked this Hub! Lots of color and good tips and instructions. Voted up, beautiful and interesting