Hanging Tea Light Lanterns Ellie lacey

Phase 1

Slab. The frist step in any clay project is to roll out the slab of clay. The original plastic block of clay is flattened by hitting it with the roller, then once it has been beaten enough, it can be rolled until it is completely flat. The template of paper is traced and cut out, which will then be formed into the desired shape, which in this case is in the shape of the conical lantern.

Phase 2

Sponge. After shaping the now leather hard clay, it can be sponged in attempt to smooth it and get rid of any imperfections. This will be done to each piece of clay almost every time it is touched until it is ready to be fired.

Phase 3

Slip and score. After forming each cone, the leather hard clay has to be attached by slipping and scoring the pieces. To slip and score, first, the edges that will be attached must be re-wet, creating the "slip." Then, with a needle tool, the wet edges are scratched, or "scored," and are able to be molded together. The area that was attached is again smoothed and sponged, visibly eliminating most of the seam.

Phase 4

Decorating. Holes are then made in the leather hard clay. Using things such as the needle tool and the hole making tool, a variety of hole sizes were punched. Hopefully when the tea light in places at the bottom of the lantern, the chandlers light will shine through these holes. They will shrink a bit when fired.

Phase 5

Drying. This small lantern is bone dry. It has been sitting out and is ready to be fired. Although it appears to be very dry, if it was soaked in water it would eventually return to a softer stage.

Phase 6

Fired. This is the narrow-to-wide lantern design after it was fired in the kiln. In a final attempt to perfect the piece, sand paper is used. The sand paper will gently grind off any sharp edges and smooth the surface once more. Now that it is bisque and soft, it is ready to be glazed.

Phase 7

Glazing. Black glaze on the outside seemed ideal because the glow of the tea lights will shine through the holes, which will pop best on a black background. The inside of each lantern is supposed to look like the sky. The black outside has 4 coats and the inside of each varied between 2 and 4 coats, depending on the color combination.

Phase 8

Glazewear. This is one completed hanging tea light lantern. String will be attached to the larger holes near the top edge and a tea light will sit in the bottom. The glaze on the inside looks like a sunset; I am satisfied with the way it looks. I am excited to see the rest of the set after they are fired.

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