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make a beauty tray

Creating a beauty tray out of pottery can be a fun and creative DIY project. Pottery allows you to craft a unique and personalised beauty tray that can be both functional and decorative. Here are the steps to make a beauty tray out of pottery:

Video tutorial here.

Materials You'll Need:

  1. Pottery kit and coloured paints.

  2. Work Surface: Use a clean, flat, and smooth work surface like a wooden table or a canvas-covered table.


    1. Design Your Tray:

      • Sketch out the design and dimensions of your beauty tray on a piece of paper.
      • Consider the size, shape, and any decorative elements you want to incorporate.

    2. Prepare Your Clay:

      • Knead the pottery clay to remove air bubbles and make it more pliable.
      • Roll out the clay to your desired thickness. Typically, 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness works well for trays.

    3. Cut Out the Tray Shape:

      • Use your knife tool to cut out the shape of your beauty tray. Make sure to trim the edges for a clean finish.

    4. Add Decorative Elements:

      • You can use clay modelling tools to add textures or patterns to the surface of your tray.
      • Consider adding raised edges to enhance the functionality of your tray. Ensure that you slip and score the edges that you are connecting and blend with your paddle tool.

    5. Allow to Dry:

      • Let your pottery piece dry slowly (drape a plastic bag over it) and evenly to avoid cracking. If cracks form - try scratching into the cracks and adding slip to the cracks. The drying may take several days, depending on thickness.

    6. Paint and seal:

      • Paint it with 2 coats of paint and 2 coats of sealer. Leave each layer to dry in between.

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