April 25, 2008

Handmade owl salt and pepper shakers

Owls. Salt and Pepper Shakers

This is our recent creation with the "Keramikal" material — owl salt and pepper shakers. I wrote about this material in other posts, for instance in "Hanukkiyah". Here the material is used in its two natural colours. Put a cloth on the surface you're going to work on and let's start.


We're going to make a plug in the bottom of each shaker, so a cavity to accommodate the plug's protruding part will be needed. In order to make it put a coin or another similar flat object under the cloth. Roll out a bit larger circle of the material over the coin and cut a hole using a pen cap, for example (for a plug).

Owls. Salt and Pepper Shakers. Bottom


We used the coiling technique to build a hollow body up to the neck area. It's a well-known pottery technique, when a piece is build up by rolling clay coils and stacking them one on top of another.


Roll a ball, then form make it hollow with an opening in its bottom. Diameter of the opening equals the diameter of the opening in the body. Attach the head to the body while aligning the two openings.


Finally, shape eyes (small balls), "eyebrows" (rolls), wings, tail and attach everything. Using a toothpick pierce holes. Add "feathers" texture with a modelling tool.

Owls. Salt and Pepper Shakers. Top

The rest of the process depends on the material used. For "Keramikal": dried for two days, fired in a domestic oven at 170 C (approx. 338 F), applied transparent coating. Cut plugs out of wine corks.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that is so cute