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Making Cupcakes With A Pinch Pot And Coils
Are you always on the lookout for something simple to teach the kids? We've done some pretty neat ones here on our blog, but I think you will rate this one right up top! Very few supplies are needed, they are super cute, and each one will be different.
Not looking for a kids project? No worries... these little beauties make the perfect birthday, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and Thank You gifts! Personalize them and/or fill them with candy, jewelry or a gift card, and you will make someone very happy!
This project is not only super easy, it's really fun! A simple pinch pot, topped off with a coil, and you've got a really cool cupcake. But here's the best part... it opens up into a trinket box!
Let's head out to the studio so we can give it a try!Like I said earlier, very few supplies are needed.
- scoring tool
- slip or magic water
- pin tool
- underglazes or
- Mayco Softees (if you want to paint them once they are fired)
- paint brush
Building the bottom of the cupcake:
After gathering your supplies, grab a piece of clay that fits nicely in the palm of your hand, and roll it into a short fat cone with a flat peak
Building the muffin top:
- Roll out a long rope (coil) roughly the diameter of a pencil.
- Note: for smaller children, several shorter coils may be easier for them to handle
- Start coiling the rope into a circle just slightly larger than the opening of the cupcake bottom. You want the first coil to sit atop the bottom, but not fall down over the sides.
- Score and slip the top of the first coil, and bottom of the next one, and continue this step for each coil
- Roll the rope in layers, making each layer a little smaller than the previous one, to get a cone shaped top
- If your score/slip is done well, you won't need to smooth the inside of the top however; if you are uncertain, you can use a popsicle stick to smooth the inside of the coils to make sure they are joined well.
- Top it off with a cherry if you want, then underglaze it, or fire for painting.