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How to Make an Air Dry Clay Incense Holder
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How to Make an Air Dry Clay Incense Holder

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1+ Days

These moon- and star-shaped air drying clay incense holders will make sure to keep your incense sticks safely in place as the calming aromas fill your home.

These incense holders are super-quick to make using the DAS Clay cutters, so why not add one to every room in your home? The beautiful handmade incense holders will also make lovely gifts.

Project and instructions by Suzi Kagi.

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Getting set Up

It’s also useful to have a few extra household items around to help with some of the moulding & shaping, this could include:

●      A small airtight pot for keeping slip in

●      A rolling pin for rolling out sheets of clay

●      Lolly sticks to help get an even height to rolled out clay

●      Cocktail sticks or skewers to help make holes in the clay

●      Cups, glasses, mugs or anything round to help you cut a perfect circle!

Top Tips

●      It’s useful to knead the clay to loosen it up before you roll or shape it.

●      It’s useful to have a small pot of water nearby to help join clay pieces and smooth down any rough edges. You can stir small lumps of clay into the water to create slip, which helps act as a sort of glue when you join pieces together.

●      To help achieve the right thickness when rolling sheets of clay, tape stacks of lolly sticks together to the height you want. When rolling out the clay, place the stacks at either side of the clay slab to roll a flat, even surface

Step 1

Use water or slip to smooth and round off any rough edges.

Step 2

Using any excess clay, cut a moon shape using the cutter provided. You can use the cutter twice to change the shape of the moon!

Step 3

Score and slip the back of the moon shape in order to attach it to the circular base.

Step 4

Roll out a small ball of clay that will act as the main support for your incense stick.

Score and slip the base of the ball and stick it next to your moon shape on the circular base.

You can use an incense stick or another pointed object to poke a hole into the ball shape, just remember that the clay will shrink slightly when dry so make the hole a little wider than your incense.

Don’t poke a hole all the way through the clay at this point - just enough so that the stick can be held upright!

Step 5

To raise the edges of the base, cover the bottom of a small bowl or other rounded object with cling film.

Place your clay base into the bowl and depress the middle so that it sits lower than the edges.

Leave it to dry like this for a few hours until it can retain its shape, then remove it by loosening the cling film and gently pulling the base away. Let it dry on its own for 24-48 hours.

Step 6

Once the incense holder is completely dry, you can lightly sand down any rough edges with sandpaper.

Step 7

Shake off any dust and your napkin holder is complete!

How to Make an Air Dry Clay Incense Holder

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