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Egg Carton Trinket Bowl

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Sophie Fois
Egg Carton Trinket Bowl

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Make-it-Yourself

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Homewares

Waste Materials

Shredded Paper

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This trinket bowl is made of handmade paper clay being that of an unused egg carton and Parian Semi-Porcelain Casting slip. This piece can be either used as a trinket bowl or simply a piece of decoration for the home.

Materials & Equipment List

Egg CartonParian Semi-Porcelain Casting slipOxides and Transparent glazeBlenderPlaster MouldKiln

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Find yourself an unused egg carton.
Using your hands, shred up the entire box to the smallest pieces possible.
Soak the shredded pieces in boiling water till the pieces have softened and most of the water has been absorbed.
Put the mixture into a blender and mix until a pulp is formed. You may need to add more water to ensure all pieces have been blended sufficiently.
Once a pulp has been formed, place in a sieve so excess water can be removed.
You can use a spoon/your hands to ensure that as much water as possible has been squeezed out.
Break up the pulp into small pieces and allow to air dry.
Once dry, add the pieces to Parian Semi-Porcelain Casting slip and mix together.
Next securely strap the plaster mould together ready for slip casting. I made this mould by first using the plaster lathe to form a spherical shape which then I casted a 2-piece mould from.
Pour the paper clay slip into the mould and leave for approximate 15-20 minutes then pour out the excess paper clay. Leave to dry overnight.
Due to the nature of the lumpy paper clay slip, each casting produced will be unique and may take an organic looking form. Multiple castings can be made until the desired shape and form is produced. Leave overnight to completely air dry then earthenware biscuit fire in the kiln.
Once out of the kiln, apply oxides which are simply made by adding water to the powder. For this piece, I used a combination of Copper Carbonate and Copper Oxide and applied with a sponge. After carefully apply an earthenware transparent glaze using a sponge and paintbrush to the desired areas that you wish to be shiny.
Glazed and ready to be earthenware glaze fired at 1260 degrees C.
The final piece once removed from the kiln.
Here it is photographed being used to hold jewellery and I have added decorative ivy to enhance the colours of the oxides.
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Sophie Fois

Nottingham

United Kingdom

Currently in second year studying Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University...

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