Making spoons from a mold (Pictorial)

by - February 11, 2013

How to make and use a spoon mold 

handmade ceramic spoon mold
1. Pick some spoon you like, roll out a slab, and press the spoon into the clay. If you are using a spoon with a slick surface, spray on cooking oil first. I didn't coat my wood spoons, and they didn't stick.
handmade ceramic spoon mold
2. Trim the excess clay and clean up the edges.
handmade ceramic spoon mold
3. The spoons should pop out fairly easily once the clay starts to firm.
pile of bisque from kiln
4. Bisque the molds. See how my big one has a lip at the top? Don't compress your clay back around the spoon when you first press it into the clay to avoid creating this. It will save you a lot of trouble later when using the mold.
handmade ceramic spoon mold
5. Press your clay into the mold and trim/sponge the excess. I used fairly damp clay, wedged it and started on the bowl end, pushing in the clay as it expanded up the length of the mold. This helped reduce cracks from adding in small lumps.*One big clay lump = good, Many little lumps = bad*
handmade ceramic spoon mold
6. The spoons should easily release as they become more firm, unless your molds have a lip. Then you are in for some fun. I like to remove mine while they are sill soft so I can manipulate them without cracking. The thinner the handle, the easier it breaks.
handmade ceramic spoon

7. Roll on texture texture or let them be smooth.
handmade ceramic spoon
8. Add curvature to the transition to make a ladle and finish with a nice burnish.
handmade ceramic spoon
Finished serving spoons
handmade ceramic spoon
Finished tea spoons
Now, would you like to know how I glaze my spoons? I have a post on that too!

Other projects:
Pulling Spoons: http://www.lovesown.com/2016/01/pulling-spoons.html
How to Glaze the Whole Sppon: http://www.lovesown.com/2016/01/how-to-glaze-whole-spoon.html
Hand Building Projects: http://www.lovesown.com/2013/02/hand-building-projects.html
Bead Tree (I) http://www.lovesown.com/2013/03/making-bead-tree-for-kiln.html
Cake Stands: http://www.lovesown.com/2013/01/throwing-ruffle-edge-cake-stands.html
Bead Tree (II): http://www.lovesown.com/2013/11/making-bead-tree-for-kiln-part-two.html
Making Ceramic Ornaments with Cookie Cutters http://www.lovesown.com/2014/11/making-ceramic-ornaments-with-cookie.html



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15 comments

  1. How do you glaze them? I mean won't they stick to the shelf??

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    1. Kiln stilts. http://www.theceramicshop.com/store/category/9/21/A-Series/

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    2. You can also hang them on bead wire if they have a hole in the end.

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  2. Will your spoons be available in your Etsy shop?

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  3. Should you use a specific type of clay to make the moulds?

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    1. I did not use a specific kind. Also, I found plaster works better. I need to come up with a tutorial for that!

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  4. They are beautiful, especially the dark blue ones! I have a soft spot for that colour.

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  5. Thank you SO SO much for sharing this! Wow!♡

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  6. Thank you SO SO much for sharing this! Wow!♡

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    1. I use several different glazes. The blue one is Amaco Potter's Choice Indigo Float. The mint green is Pistachio Shino by Coyote. The white spoons are a clear glaze with Speedball underglazes.

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  8. Love your spoons going to have a go at the week end with my grandaughter carnt wait sally

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    1. Did you make any? How did they turn out?

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  9. I love your spoons! I love that you share your knowledge! I love living in the middle of nowhere and that I can go to the internet and learn from others that are doing the work and want to teach what they know! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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    1. You are welcome... sorry for such a late response ;). I agree that it's great being able to find inspiration from other potters online.

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