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Shaving Cream And Underglaze To Decorate Clay

If you saw our post on Wednesday, you already know I was on vacation and got some inspiration and found a couple new techniques I couldn't wait to share. Today is another one of those techniques, how to use shaving cream and underglaze to decorate your clay.

Not only is it super easy, interesting, and fun, no two are ever alike! Some of the designs will be subtle while others will be strikingly bold, and together, they are simply amazing!

Grab your cup of coffee and follow me to the studio for a fun time!Supplies Needed

  • Clay- green, bisque, flat or formed
    • I'm just using some scraps for this demo since the pieces I will be making are chimes for a wind chime set
  • Underglazes
  • Shaving Cream
  • Heavy paper, plate, platter or tin baking pan to put the shaving cream in. Make sure it's large enough to hold the clay you are planning to use
  • Applicator bottles

What To Do Next

  • First, fill your pan or paper with shaving cream


  • Using a flat surface, smooth the shaving cream out


  • Using applicator bottles, drip or drizzle underglaze on top of the shaving cream


  • Now, use either the back end of a paint brush, a stylus or other thin tool, and swirl the underglaze... get creative!


  • Here is the tricky part...
    • lay the clay over the design or
    • flip the design over onto the clay or
    • if the pot is rounded, submerge it into the design


  • After patting down the clay (or container with cream), slowly peel back the clay to reveal your design

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  • From here, it's up to you how you plan to use it. I'm using a cookie cutter flower to cut out chimes, but you can do whatever you want!
    • PS... that little bit of cream that's left on the clay will burn off during the firing. If you have a lot of cream left, you will need to rinse it off with small amounts of water


That's all there is to it. It's such an easy way to decorate your pots, I can't wait to see what they finish out like!

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