We always have that mindset that in order to do something like this and that, you need to have the skills in order to do so. But in reality, even if you have little to no skills at all, you can create something as long as you know what you’re doing. The bonus part of that is you can learn something in the process too!

When it comes to making your own pottery tools, special materials come into mind. But in fact, even the ones you can find at the heart of your own home can be improvised to make such tools. If you’re a fan of DIY, then you’re surely going to love this article. Listed below are an ample amount of ideas to create your own pottery tools by yourself. Let’s dive in!

  • You can use white glue such as Elmer’s glue to stick things together. This is because it doesn’t repel glaze just like wax.
  • Have unused credit cards lying around? Use them as ribs. Cut them into patterns to make contoured edges. Be creative and cut whatever pattern you want depending on what tool you’re going to make.
  • Have no wood stirring sticks around? Cut lengths from PVC pipe to stir glazes. They work great for an alternative and won’t rot easily.
  • Toilet bowl brushes is a great tool to mix glazes too. Not only that, but also toiler plungers too!
  • Have a visit to your local fishing and hunting shops and buy some cheap animal tails. They are great to be used as hand brushes. Chicken and bird feathers also work best too!
  • No need to use expensive power equipment just to sharpen your tools. You can use a cheaper commercialized one or you can make your own from cone 10 porcelain rods.
  • Wax and petroleum jelly are best used to slow down drying of a specific area, for example, a rim.
  • Use cornstarch to prevent clay from sticking to your tools, canvas, and the like. Apply a thin coat of cornstarch before carving or making designs to prevent burrs and marks that are made from pulling the object off the clay.
  • A squeegee or a paint scrapper works well to smoothen a slab surface and eliminate canvas marks.
  • Metallic glazes like overglazes and raku glazes tend to oxidize over time. To prevent this, use silver polish or a concentrated lemon juice to clean them. Dry them under the heat of the sun to reduce oxidation.
  • Use empty shoe polish bottles for stain or oxide solutions.
  • Unleash your creativity by using a popped popcorn to add texture to clay for hand building.
  • A painter’s canvas can be used as a wedging surface if you don’t have one.
  • Add a little amount of bleach to a slip or recycled clay mixture to get rid of mold and odor. Don’t forget to wear gloves when handling bleach.
  • Who needs plaster to make molds when you can make one on your own from bisque. Heat the bisque at high temperatures to make it durable and fire it a little low to make it porous enough to make the clay dry.

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