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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!
Finished!
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."



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Pat Osmundsen
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