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Slip Trailed Bird Nests For Easter Eggs And Spring Decor´

Along with the meaning of Easter, one of the first things that come to mind when I think of Easter... is of course... eggs. Pink ones, purple ones, blue ones, yellow ones... you get what I'm saying right?

When I think of the eggs, I also think of how to glaze them, then how to display them. I know... they go in the Easter basket... but what about all those cute little ones? I'm putting mine in a nest this year.

Not only will it help me with Easter decorations, they can stay out all spring long as part of the decor´! Here's what you will need:

supplies
  • Balloons
  • Slip
  • Slip Trailing Bottle
  • Funnel
  • Cup/Container to hold balloons
  • Cooking Spray

The first thing you will need to do is pour the slip into the trailing bottle. You will need a funnel, and possibly a dowel rod, to pour it in the bottle. Remember: the thicker the slip the better it will hold it's shape when you put it on the balloon.

slip 1Use a dowel rod if necessary to push the slip through the funnel

Use a dowel rod if necessary to push the slip through the funnel

Next: put a small amount of water in the balloon, blow it up, then tie it off. The water in the balloon will hold it in place inside the cup or container you are using. Without the water, the balloon will get top heavy and fall over.

Place the balloon in a container with the tie at the bottom

spray
Now, lightly spray the balloon with cooking spray or some type of oily substance and wipe off the excess. This step will allow the slip to shrink as it dries and separate from the balloon.

sprayStart your slip trailing
:

  1. Create a base
    base
  2. Create the rim
    rim
  3. Fill in the open area
    fill
  4. Wipe the extra slip off the balloon if it happens to slide or drip down the sides

Once it sets up a little you can cover it with an underglaze or colored slip to add a little color and charm to the nest. If you use a buff speckled clay as your slip it will be very natural looking when it's done.

♦The problem with speckled clay as a slip is the manganese particles. They have a tendency to clog the slip bottle tip if it's too narrow.♦

Finishing it off... just allow it to dry slowly and it will release from the balloon on its own (if you sprayed the balloon).

Slow dry release.. notice the line where it once was? Slow dry release.. notice the line where the slip once was?

This piece will be extremely fragile so handle with care!

I don't plan to glaze mine, I will be using an acrylic spray, so my step will be to "once fire" then spray it.

done

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