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How to Make an Air Dry Clay Candle Holder

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Bring that warm and cosy atmosphere to your home by creating your own clay candle holders. These custom-made candle holders can be easily made to any size you like, using your favourite candle as a guide.

Personalise your candle holders using DAS clay cutters, or why not add a pop of colour using paint once the holder has completely dried!

Project and instructions by Suzi Kagi.

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How to make

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

Start by rolling out a long strip of clay, making sure it is not too thin and flimsy, ideally noless than ½ cm in thickness.

Use the spatula to cut a strip about 3 - 4cm wide - it can be as long as you want at this stage!

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Step 2

Wrap the strip around your candle to know what length the strip needs to be - remember that air dry clay shrinks slightly when it dries, so make sure you make this a little longer than the circumference of your candle!

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Step 3

Score and slip the adjoining edges and gently press them together, using lots of water or slip to smooth the join and make it as seamless as possible.

Step 4

Score and slip the base of the tube you have created to join it to the circular base. Gently press down until it is secure.

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Step 5

You can use small rolls of extra clay to create a smooth join between the two pieces, simply wrap them around the tube and smooth them down using lots of water or slip.

Step 6

Once you are happy with the shape, you can embellish your candle holder with a small cutout using the cutters provided. Stick your shape by scoring the back and using lots of water or slip!

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Step 7

Allow to dry for 24-48 hours. Once it's dry and there are no dark patches showing, you can use sandpaper to lightly smooth down any rough edges or surfaces.

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Step 8

Shake off any dust and your napkin holder is complete!

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