How to Make a Slab Cup with our Air-dry Clay Kit

Making slab cup is easier than you think!

Before you start, you should prep your workspace:
  1. Get a small container with some water
  2. Lay out your tools from the air dry clay kit
  3. You will also need a rolling pin (after using it on clay, do not use on food!). If you do not have a rolling pin, you can also use a sturdy round pen or stick. As long as it rolls, it works.
  4. Make a copy of your slab template so you always have the original and cut it out
  5. Get your clay!

Step 1: roll your clay

Take the clay out of the plastic bag and roll it out with your rolling pin. You do not want it to be too thin. Aim for something around 0,5 cm to 1 cm.

Rolling the Clay

Step 2: smooth out your clay

Use the metal rib to smooth out the clay.

Smoothen the clay

Step 3: cut out your slab

Position the template on the clay and cut out your cup. Remove the rest of the clay, shape into a ball and set aside for the moment.

Cut your Slab 1Cutting the Slab 2Cutting the slab 3

Step 4: Score the borders

On each short border of the cup, mark the clay by making small incision. This is to make the clay more susceptible to sticking to the other piece of clay.
Score the borders

Step 5: Unite the borders

Apply a little bit of water on the marked borders (just a tip), and close the cup carefully. You can overlap the borders a little bit.

Unite the borders part 1Unite the borders part 2

Step 6: Smooth out the borders

Use the metal tool to smooth out the seam on the outside of the cup.
Repeat carefully on the inside.
Put the cup aside for a second.
Smooth out the borders part 1Smooth out the borders part 2

Step 7: make the bottom

Roll out the remaining of the clay.
Position the cup on the clay and cut out the bottom of the cup.
Score the borders of the round bottom and wet them.
Make the bottom part 1Make the bottom part 2

Step 8: Unite the bottom with the cup

Position the cup on top of the bottom you just cut out and, from the outside, use the metal tool to unite the seams. As you work, you may need to keep your clay a little humid to keep working so don’t forget to apply some water with your sponge.

Once you bottom outside seam looks good, use the wooden tool to smoothen the inside seams.
Unite the bottom with the cup part 1Unite the bottom with the cup part 2

Finishing touches

You may want to smoothen out the top of the cup by using a sponge or your fingers. At this point you can also use a stamp to apply some interesting texture.

Leave your cup to dry for 2 to 3 days. At this point you can use acrylic paints to apply color or drawings, and you can make it more water resistant by applying sealant. In any case the cup will NOT be food or water safe.

Enjoy your new cup!