Click here to visit our Sponsor the Clay Factory!

Prairie Craft Company

Polymer Clay Central Homepage

Polymer Clay Central Message Board

PCC Cyclopedia
Chat Calendar
Contest Schedule
Swap List Page

Poly's Clay castle

Polymer Clay Central Archive Pages
Artist Interviews
Featured Artist Page
Frequently Asked Questions on Polymer Clay
Members Lessons


Tips and Techniques from our members

Mission Statement

Meet some of our Staff

Message Board Chat Bookstore My Delphi Polymer Clay Central

Lid Directions:

Step 1: Roll out a 4" x 4" sheet of clay on the thickest setting of the pasta machine. Press the open end of the pot into the clay, hard enough to leave a visible impression.
Step 2: Extrude a snake using the largest hole disk for the extruder. If you don't have an extruder, roll out a snake approximately 1/8" thick. Place the snake just inside the impression on the clay. Cut to fit; join into a circle, blend seam, and set in place, using TLS to adhere to the lid. Cut out the lid, centering the cutout around the snake. I used the inside edge of a roll of masking tape as a template.
Step 3: At this point you can cure the lid, flat side down, and embellish later, or you can embellish now.

I chose to embellish this lid with a three leaf clover snake from the extruder around the outside edge, a flat ribbon under that, and on the top I placed a knob pressed into a mold made from a button. This is surrounded by a snake from the extruder, and several small balls rolled by hand. Then I cured the lid, resting it on some polyfill to help hold its shape.
Step 4: Once the lid is cooled, sand any rough edges. Highlight either the raised or the indented areas. For this I used a small amount of PearlEx mixed into a smaller amount of Flecto Varathane. I brushed it thoroughly over the pot, then wet sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper to remove the excess, leaving the indented areas gold. For the lid, I used dry brush technique to highlight the raised areas of the lid. Let dry; seal with Flecto, and voila!
You now have a finished pinch pot, suitable for use as a tooth fairy container, paper clip holder, treasure box, or whatever you wish. The inside of the pot isn't smooth; but if you wish, you could pour some Liquid Sculpey to fill in the ridges formed by the "pinch."

Return to the Beginning!

Pat Osmundsen
©2004 Text and Photos

We want to thank Pat for sharing this excellent project with PCC. If you have a lesson or tutorial that you would like to see at PCC, just email or or any staff member and we will help you prepare your project for the PCC Website.

Polymer Clay Central Home Page