Made By Me 765940628812 Pottery Wheels & Accessory User Manual

Made By Me 765940628812 Pottery Wheels & Accessory User Manual
The pottery that you will make is to be used for decorative purposes only. The pottery pieces should not be used to
hold liquids or food. You will be using air-dried clay to make your pottery and it should not be heated. It is
important to not mix your clay with any other types of clay.
Before you begin please have an adult help you assemble your pottery wheel. You will need to have an adult install
four “D” batteries, by unscrewing the battery housing on the bottom of your pottery wheel. Batteries are sold
separately. For best results do not mix old and new batteries. Do not mix alkaline, standard (carbon-zinc) or we
recommend using rechargeable (nickel-cadmium) batteries.
There are two different ways to run your pottery wheel. If you want the pottery wheel to continuously rotate then
you can slide the switch to the “ON” position. If you want to be able to stop and start the pottery wheel while
working then you can use the foot pedal. To use the foot pedal, plug it into the jack marked “PEDAL” and slide the
switch to the “PEDAL” position. Place the pedal on the floor close to one of your feet. Gently press on the pedal with
your foot to start the pottery wheel. If you wish to stop the pottery stop pressing down on the pedal.
Do not force the pottery wheel to stop by applying pressure to the wheel as this could break your pottery wheel. To
turn your pottery wheel off, slide the switch to the “OFF” position.
Now that your pottery wheel has power you are ready to get started! You should first cover your work area with
scrap paper or an art drop cloth. We also recommend that you wear a smock or old clothing when using your
pottery wheel. You will need to get a small bowl of water and some paper towels.
You want to start with approximately half a pound (226.8 g) of clay, which is one fourth of the total clay that is
included in your kit. Separate the clay you need to start with and reseal the bag with a twist tie or rubber band.
Place a towel or piece of cloth on a flat surface and put your piece of clay on the center of it. You need to make the
clay a uniform texture before you start using it which is called wedging. Begin to work the clay with your hands by
pushing it down and out with the heels of your hands. Fold and stretch the clay several times. To see if the clay is
ready to be used, slide your cutting cord through the clay and see if there are any lumps or air pockets. If there are,
then you need to keep working the clay.
1. Mold the clay into a sphere shape.
2. Wet your hands and your ball of clay.
3. Place the ball shaped clay in the center of the plate. (Figure 1)
1. With your thumbs make a small indention in the center of the clay.
(Figure 2)
2. Shape the clay into a rough bowl shape. (Figure 3)
3. Attach the pottery guide on top of the plate, aligning the prongs into
the slots on the plate. Slip the retainer ring over the pottery guide to
secure it into place. (Figure 4)
TIP: Coat the pottery guide with a water/clay mixture. This helps
remove the pottery guide later.
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Figure 3
1. Turn on the pottery wheel.
2. Re-wet hands and clay.
3. Place your fingers inside the cylinder at the bottom side wall.(Figure 5)
4. Create the walls by gently squeezing the clay and pulling up.
5. As the clay is spinning insert the perfect pot shaping tool into the
center of the opening to create an even thickness.(Figure 6)
6. Then, use your fingers to work in an up and down motion. When
you've reached the top place replace your hands at the bottom and
pull up. Repeat the pulling motion until the walls are about 3/8 inch in
7. Add clay to the top part as needed and repeat Step 6.
TIP: Insert either of the mold tools into the center of the clay as it’s spinning,
to help create a perfect mold opening.
First, remove the pottery guide. Make sure the clay is dry before removing
the guide, by testing with your finger.
1. Let your pot dry a bit before you start trimming; it works best
when your clay is not too wet.
2. While the wheel is spinning, hold old the flat slanted edge of your
clay tool against the top edge of your pottery. (Figure 7)
3. Once you've removed the excess trim pieces, smooth the pot
edge with a damp sponge or wet finger.
4. Trim the bottom of your pot using your clay tool, scrape away
any extra clay.
TIP: Use the tool arm to keep your tools and hands steady as you work on your pot.
Adjust the height by attaching the arm to different sections on the pole. While your
pot is spinning, you can place your clay tools on the tool arm with the edge against
the clay. (Figure 8)
1. Let your pot dry enough, so that it can be handled easily.
2. Hold your cutting chord with an end in each hand and pull it tightly,
careful slide the cutting cord under your pot, separating it from the
wheel. (Figure 9)
3. Let your pottery wheel dry overnight before you start painting it.
Once your pottery has completely dried you are ready to paint you pottery. Cover your work area with scrap paper
or an art drop cloth. We also recommend that you wear a smock or old clothing when painting. You will need to get
a small cup of water and some paper towels.
Ask an adult to help you cut apart your paint strip. Once the paint strip is cut apart, the paint pots will fit in the holes
around the outside of your pottery wheel. Place your dried pottery on the center of your pottery wheel and begin to
decorate it. You can paint it any way you like! Use the images on the box for inspiration. Paint your pottery a solid
color, add a pattern, or paint a scene! You can also place your paint brush on the tool arm and turn your pottery
wheel on to create stripes around your pottery.
If you want to create new paint colors you can mix colors together in the mixing palettes around the pottery wheel.
Carefully pour a little of each of the colors that you want to mix and stir them with your paint brush. If you are going
to paint one color over another color, make sure the first color is completely dry. Remember to keep the lids of your
paints closed when they are not in use so that your paints do not dry out. When you are finished painting, let your
pottery dry over night before moving it.
Use a damp cloth to clean the paint and clay from the pottery wheel. You should only use plain water to clean your
pottery wheel. Making sure you let your pottery wheel dry completely, before using again.
You can join pieces of pottery together to create different sizes and shapes. You can also form different clay shapes
and add these to your finished pottery as decorations. When your pottery has become hard enough to handle, but
not completely dry you can join two pieces.
1. Mix a little bit of clay with some water to make a creamy solution. You will use this as a glue to bind the two
pieces of pottery together.
2. With your clay tools lightly scratch the areas of the pottery that you want to join together. Use your sponge to wet
these areas.
3.Then add a thin layer of the clay and water solution that you created to each area and press them together. Make
sure that the areas you are joining are wet enough to stick together otherwise they will come apart after they dry.
You can add some of the clay and water solution around the outside of your pottery pieces where you joined them
together to make the bond stronger.
1. Widen the opening of your clay to about 2 2 inches (6.35 cm) and pull
the walls up to the desired length.
2. Use your hands to shape the outside of your mug. Once you have the a No
shape you want it is time to make the mug handle.
3. Take a small piece of clay and roll it into a line.
4. Take the line and curve it so that it forms a handle. Let it sit until it is
Figure 10
hard, but not completely dry.
5. Use your clay tools to cut the handle to the correct size to fit your
mug. (Figure 10)
6. Using the instructions from, “Adding Pieces’, add the handle to the
side of your mug. (Figure 11)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your mug is for decorative use only. Do Not put any
liquids in your mug, drink, or eat from the mug!
Figure 11
Horizon Group USA, Inc.
Lot # 62881E ITEM # 62881E
Date of Manufacture 06/16 HORIZON
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