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Learn How To Make A Monogrammed Flask

Did you ever try shopping for that guy who has everything? You walk around endless stores, search the web and ask all your friends for suggestions. You finally make a purchase, but most of the time, you end up settling for something that doesn't meet your expectations.

Why not use some clay, glazes, and your talent, to do something extraordinary for him? How about a monogrammed flask? He probably won't use it the way it's intended, but I almost guarantee, it will end up in a prominent display location.

In this post, we will show you how to make that "one of a kind" gift.

Design the template/Cut out the body of the flask

  • Start by designing a template for the body of the flask. No need to make sides or a top, we will discuss that later in the post. Remember, go larger than you want the finished product, to allow for your clays' shrinkage.

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  • Cut the shape out of cardboard, poster board, tar paper, etc...
  • Roll a slab of clay 1/8"-1/4" thick.
  • Lightly trace your template on the clay twice (front and back of flask).
  • Decorate both pieces if you want an overall design.
  • Lay your pattern back over the areas you traced, and cut them out.

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Create monogram/add to front piece of flask

  • Using an extra piece (of the same body) clay, roll it as thin as possible without tearing.
  • Design your monogram. If you need some inspiration, ideas, or a pattern, search the web, then print out your design.
  • Trace your design on the thin clay and cut it out.

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  • Attach monogram to the front piece of your flask. I use fairly wet clay, so I don't score/slip to attach the monogram. Instead, I use a thin coat of magic water, and attach it that way.

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Assemble the flask

  • Using a ruler or template 1.25" - 1.5" wide, cut strips of clay for the bottom, top and sides of your flask.

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  • Lay all your pieces out, with the inside up.
  • Bevel all the edges.
  • Score/magic water all bevels.

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  • Attach all the strips to the back piece of the flask.
  • Crumple newspaper, tissue paper or paper towels to fill the body before attaching the front. This prevents slumping and helps hold the flasks shape while drying.

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  • Attach the front.
  • Stand up the flask and cut a hole in the middle of the top.

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  • Cut another strip of clay, and form it into the neck.

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  • Score/magic water both pieces and attach.
  • Bisque, glaze and fire!

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