Hooray! My new blog seems to be functioning OK so far!
If you have been reading my recent posts, you might already be sick of plates and cups, etc., but this is the last one this season; I promise!
OK, so on the title it says the easiest way, but technically, there are two ways that I consider the easiest. They are both good, they just make different styles of dishes.
So yeah, with these two techniques, you should be able to make all the plates in the picture above, like in no time. Serious!
First, as usual, roll out your clay about 1mm thick, and cut them out into circles. It is hard to find a good cookie cutters for just the right size, so I recommend looking through the cake decorating supply isle at your store for piping tips of different sizes.
As you can see in the picture below, the secret weapon for these plates are washers from the hardware store. They come in various sizes, so find the right size. The size you need to worry about especially is the size of the hole. You will see why that is if you read on…
Now before I move forward, if it seems difficult to find washers that are just the right size for your needs, you can just make your own with clay, plastic sheets, or wooden board etc. I just made mine with some scrap clay.
Once you have your washer, lay one of your clay pieces you just cut out right on the top of it. You want to make sure the clay is as close to the center as you can!
Gently push down in the middle shaping it along the washer’s hole.
…..um…that’s it. lol
Your plate is done.
Now if you want to make fancier looking plates, like with some frills on the edge, do so before you place your circle clay onto the washer.
Notice that the shape of the circle is a bit deformed due to the extra pressing you’ve done on the edge. Let’s get rid of it before baking the clay so you don’t have to sand it down like crazy.
Simply place your cutter right on top of the plate still sitting on the washer, and cut off the excess clay along the rim – just make sure you use the same sized cutter as you used earlier.
Voila! Looking good, and ready to be baked. ( I baked them face down, but it shouldn’t matter.)
<shallow bowl shaped plates>
These ones are just as easy as the white plates. Are you ready?
Go grab a table spoon from your kitchen and place it face down. It’s probably a good idea to dust the surface a little with some flour or corn starch.
Place your circle clay on top. Gently press down on the rim to form fit onto the back of the table spoon.
Attach a small circle clay on top, which will serve as the base of the plate. Take your plate off the spoon and flip it. Press down the middle of the plate to make sure your base is leveled.
OK, you are done with the tutorials. You can go now….oh wait, who were those critters chatting at the beginning?
The fisher cat mom is my avatar in my town, and the corntop rabbit mom is my good SF friend in Japan. XD
Oh, and this little guy is supposed to be my son. He LOVES ocean things (my Japanese friend made this cute seashell box for me.)
You might see our avatars popping up here and there from now on. 😉