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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.

  • clay
  • scoring tool
  • slip or magic water
  • pin tool
  • underglazes or
  • 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

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Now open the center by pressing your thumbs in the middle and pinching toward the outside. Do this all the way around until the clay is shaped like a cupcake bottom, and the side walls and bottom are close to the same thickness.

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Use a popsicle stick or the back of a fettling knife to create vertical ridges all the way around.

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Set this piece off to the side... you now have the bottom of your cupcake.

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.

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  • Score and slip the top of the first coil, and bottom of the next one, and continue this step for each coil

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  • Roll the rope in layers, making each layer a little smaller than the previous one, to get a cone shaped top

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  • 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.

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If you'd like to share your ideas, projects or submit a post for our blog, email us at bcscommunity@bigceramicstore.com! We look forward to hearing from you!

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