I have been seeing Clay bowls to hold our wool while you are knitting or crocheting everywhere lately. I, of course, decided it was time for me to try it. I have become fairly competent when it comes to playing with polymer clay (I’ll have to do that in a post too one day and add the pictures of the stuff I’ve made so far), and had a lot of “scraps” of it in my Clay bin. Lightbulb going off in my head (yes, it does happen on occasion) telling me that would be the perfect opportunity to test out one of these bowls!
Below is my first attempt at making one of these bowls. While it didn’t turn out perfect like all the other ones I have seen, it is useable and gave me some knowledge to use when I try my next one!
Like I said, I had a bunch of polymer clay “scraps,” so I started out by rolling them into “worms,” deciding to try the coil method for making a bowl for this first effort.
Once my worms were rolled up, I started to “coil” them around themselves into a sort of circle on a sheet of parchment paper.
This time (on purpose even), I didn’t try to make the coils uniform. I thought the sort of “psychedelic” look would work for this bowl. You can see in the picture above how there is no rhyme or reason to the way I rolled them, other than to place more than one row of black and silver clay.
Next, I transferred the parchment paper/coiled clay circle to the counter, placed another sheet of parchment on top and started to roll over the entire surface with my rolling pin. (Thank goodness I have a heavy marble rolling pin or it might have take a while.)
While it isn’t really hard to do, it does take a bit of pressure to flatten the clay enough that it all combines and you loose the “worm” effect, as you will see below.
When I had it rolled out to the point I couldn’t see any visible spaces between the worms, I laid the whole circle over my Pyrex bowl. You can use any oven proof bowl for this.
I put an approximately 1 cm whole right in the centre to allow air to circulate better when cooking it.
Next I used my Dragonfly cookie cutter to cut that shape out of the circle, then draped the whole circle over my Pyrex bowl.
I also thought I would try to add a dragonfly to the outside of the bowl from the clay I cut out with the cookie cutter and the circle in the bottom of the bowl, just to fancy it up a little.
Note: In hindsight, I should have left at least a cm between where I cut out the dragonfly and the edge of the circle.
The circle had a lot of excess clay compared to the size of the bowl so I “fluted” the edges of the bottom (top) of the bowl so it didn’t look quite so ugly lol.
I placed the bowl onto an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet and placed the whole kit and caboodle in the oven.
I baked it first for 30 minutes at 275 degrees but when I pulled it out to check, the clay was still soft. I put it back in for another 30 minutes and that seemed to do the trick.
I pulled it out of the oven and I actually placed the whole thing out on the back deck to cool.
Once this had cooled enough to comfortably handle both the wool bowl and the Pyrex bowl, I started to remove the clay from the Pyrex. This is where I wished I had left more room between the dragonfly and the edge of the bowl. As soon as I started to try to remove/pry the clay from the Pyrex, I ripped that edge. Lesson learned, and why I did a test bowl before I try it for real!
It took a bit of work to remove the clay from the Pyrex. I had to insert a plastic spatula between the two to release it. I think next time I might try putting parchment between the two.
You can see how much the dragonfly and edge separated when I removed the Pyrex!
This pictures below are the end result of my First Attempt Clay Wool Bowl.
While I will definitely attempt this again, because I think it would make great gifts for anyone that knits or crochets, I will definitely take into account all the lessons I learned while attempting this one!
If you try this project and have any other tips, please share lol, the more I know, the better my next one might turn ou