I’ve been busy trying to get everything together to open an etsy shop- there’s so much to do: write product descriptions and store policies, decide on best tags and SEO, figure out postage costs and order packaging... the list goes on. It’s taking much longer than I expected, and I’ve been neglecting the most important things- the products!
This afternoon I made the most of the fab weather and set to work on a couple of ideas I’d had for some ceramic coasters. I design all my own work and make my own plaster moulds- the process starts by building/sculpting my idea in clay. Once I’m happy with it I use the original to make a plaster mouldwhich is then used to cast exact replicas in slip (liquid clay).
It’s quite a simple process- the originals are stuck face up onto a piece of glass (I’ve been using our glass garden table!) and surrounded by cottle boards- the gaps under and between the boards are sealed with clay to prevent leakage of the plaster. Plaster is mixed and poured over the originals and in 30 minutes or so the boards can be removed and the plaster released from the table.
Ta da! I’m now left with a perfect reverse impression of my original design. Next I'll clean the edges up with a shaver tool and some sandpaper and leave them to dry. These moulds should be dry and ready to use in a week or so- I can’t wait to play around with some colours and glaze and get these babies in my shop!