Clay ashtray

This ashtray at the same time commemorates the fish and the sea shell. Using the idea, you can blind a lot of shells and fish of all kinds of suits.

Take a piece of clay the size of a fist and spread it well. Clay should be plastic to not give cracks, but not too liquid to keep shape and not stick to hands. Pinch off a small piece of the “tail” from the lump of clay, and divide the rest of it approximately in half. From these pieces turn out "shutters"; the lower one is flat and the upper one is more convex. Roll each into a pancake 5-7 mm thick, and then shape the product.

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The back cuts of the halves of the shell will be fastened together, and the front ones should be rounded, giving them the shape of “lips”. And this should be a wavy contour, so that you can put cigarettes in the recesses.From the center of the fastening of the upper and lower halves to the edges of the fan diverge grooves, resembling the texture of the shell.

The eyes and nostrils are made in the upper flap, and if desired, fins, ears, etc. The bumps for the eyes are easily squeezed out from the inside with your fingers, the holes are pierced by a nail or any suitable sharp object. The back of the fish can be decorated with scratches or even painted with scales.

The glueing places of the two halves are pre-scratched with a knife and moistened with water, and then the scar is carefully smoothed out. "Tail" is made of any shape, the main thing - it should not be very thick, so that the clay does not crack during firing. (Bulky, large parts should be hollow and have an opening for air intake.) The junction of the “tail” and “body” is also scratched and moistened.

The clay should be completely dry before baking. If the upper shell of the sink is too heavy, for the first time, substitute a support for it, for example, a matchstick

The product is calcined in a muffle furnace in two steps. After the first firing, liquid glaze is applied to the clay with a brush.When fired again, it will "manifest", giving the clay color and shine. Theoretically, roasting is possible in other conditions - in a conventional oven or even in the oven, but for this you need to either know the properties of the existing clay, or not be afraid to experiment.

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