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Coil Trees For Christmas or All Year Round
I've hosted several coil bowl workshops this month and it really sparked my interest in building with coils myself. I've done a colander, fruit bowl, and now... a Christmas Tree!
Coils are a great way to go big with your clay while keeping the project as unique as your fingerprints. No matter how hard you try, you will never make two exactly alike!
The tree in today's post is a great Christmas decoration, or it can be displayed all year long with the rest of your "woodsy" decor'.
Let's start with the form I used to keep my tree standing. I took a piece of poster board, rolled one side in from the corner, and created a large cone. Once the cone was shaped, I taped it together, then cut the bottom to make it stand straight.
Starting from the bottom, wrap a coil of clay around the base of the cone working upward, and keep adding coils as you go. Make sure you moisten each coil and press it tight to the one below it. Check the connection by pulling up lightly on each coil after it's placed. If it didn't attach, you may have to score it a bit, and add slip or magic water.