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Stoneware Pilgrim Hat Napkin Holder
Just in time for Thanksgiving... Pilgrim hat napkin holder! They are really easy to make, take very little material, and can be dressed up or plain and simple.
All you need is some clay, a ruler, paper, pin tool, rolling pin, and a clay circle cutter or round template. Depending on how you want to finish it, underglaze, glaze, or acrylic paints are also needed.
Let's head to the studio and make one for your Thanksgiving dinner table. Ps... our next post will be decorative flatware holders that can be dressed up for any holiday!
The first thing you need to do is create a template for the hat body, which will be the sides on the napkin holder.
- Draw a 6" x 6" square on a piece of poster board or cardboard
- Measure in 3/4" from each side at the top and draw a line from the bottom corner to that mark
- Cut out your shape
Next, make the band and a buckle.
- Lay the brim of the hat (the circular piece you cut out) over a hump mold, paper plate, etc... to shape it a little. This will also help prevent the edges warping during firing.
- I do the underglazing at this point
- Next, set the body pieces on the brim and make a mark around where they set the best
- Note: they may need to be trimmed slightly for a good fit. I like to shave mine with a Mudtools Shredder
- Score inside your marks, and the bottoms of the hat pieces
- Apply slip or magic water and attach them. I also use a coil of clay on both the inside and outside to make sure it's secure
- Finish underglazing if that's how you chose to decorate it
- Set it aside to dry for a few days then fire it
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