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