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Salt and Pepper Shaker Angels

I LOVE ANGELS! They have to be one of my favorite accessories. Not only are the representative of many things, they are beautiful and welcoming, and I make a lot of them during the holiday season.

Some people only think of angels near Christmas, however; a lot of people display them all year round, so why not capitolize on it with salt and pepper shaker angels?

In today's post, I will show you an easy way to make angel shakers, but feel free to modify the project to create other shapes.

First thing you need to do is roll out a slab of clay roughly 1/8" thick. You don't want it to be much thicker than that or shaping it will be more difficult and you will have to go larger to accomodate the extra clay inside.

Once you roll out the clay, cut two triangular shapes for the angel bodies. I don't worry too much about a perfect triangle at this point as I will modify it as I go.

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Texturize, stamp, carve... design if you want to...

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Score/slip (or Magic Water) the inside of one side and the outside of the other, then roll them into a funnel shape and seal the seam

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Once you've completed the body, it's time to make the heads, wings, and base. I use a white clay for the body and a buff for the head and wings. The contrasting colors make it more realistic and it saves time glazing since I only clear glaze them.

**My preferred clear glaze is Amaco Sahara HF-9 Zinc Free Clear. The reason for this is, I use a lot of underglazes in my workshops, and the zinc free glaze does not "grey out" the colors.**

For the wings and base I use a circle shaped clay cutter (or cookie cutter). The base should be close to the size of the bottom of your cone, and I've found, the wings often can be made with the same cutter.

For the head, roll a ball of clay to a size that is proportonate to the body. Once you roll out the ball, you will need to hollow out the center and punch holes for the salt/pepper to shake out of.

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I use a neat little tool from Kemper called the Salt and Pepper Drill. Each end has a different diameter drill for making holes. The salt one is smaller than the pepper one, so make sure you know which shaker you want for each before drilling the holes.

The last steps are as follows;

  • Score/slip the head and body and attach them

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  • Cut a hole in the base of the shaker to hold a small cork or rubber stopper. It's critical that you allow for shrinkage in this step.

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  • Score/slip the base and attach it to the body

Once fully assembled, set them aside to air dry, then fire as you would any other project.

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