diy rainbow vase

I am a sucker for a good artistic vase. I love this Atelier Stella set from West Elm, I swoon over these face vases, and I am sorry that I missed the chance to own this goose head vase! Inspired by my mom, who is an amazing potter herself, I decided to have a go at ceramics. Here is how I made a rainbow vase.

Supplies: Sculpey clay, piece of paper, rolling pin, knife, ruler, tinfoil, oven, fork or pottery tool, and paint.

Process: I feel like there were a lot of steps to this process - let's count and see!
  1. Knead your sculpey until it is soft and easy to work with.
  2. Take your piece of paper and fold it in half (hotdog style), then round the top making a half circle - open the paper up and you should have a nice rainbow shape that is symmetrical on both sides. 
  3. Roll out the clay until it is even and between 1/4 and 1/8 inches thick.
  4. Place your paper template on top and cut around it with a knife.
  5. Using a fork or pottery tool score the edges.
  6. Set aside and repeat to make a second identical flat rainbows shape.
  7. Take the leftover pieces and make a large clay snake, then set it down and roll it out.
  8. Now, take a ruler and cut around the edges to make a perfect rectangle - this will be your connection between your rainbow pieces.
  9. Make two or more of these - however many you need to go around your entire rainbow.
  10. Build the vase by connecting all the pieces together - leaving a hole at the top big enough for flowers.
  11. Use tinfoil to hold up the top piece and give it shape.
  12. Use a fork or pottery tool to distress the surface of the vase.
  13. Bake in the oven as directed on the clay packaging - mine was for 15 minutes.
  14. Remove the tinfoil by pulling it out of the hole in the top.
  15. Paint a rainbow on the front and add flowers!

Time: I would say that this process took about 2 hours.

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