- red clay
- cling film (to wrap the bottle)
- transparent glaze
- clay tools (I used my daughter’s play dough tools instead.)
- pottery kiln (Unfortunately I don’t own one, I fired this stand at the art class I attend.)
- Wrap the hamster’s bottle in cling film so it would not get dirty when forming the holder.
- Shape the tree stump fitting the bottle inside. Make sure that the bottle can go easily in and out, is steady and at the right angle.
- Remove the bottle, add texture and details to the stump.
- Let the clay dry a little and then add finishing touches to smooth the stand, even little of not removed clay dust after glazing and firing can turn into sharp, dangerous for hamster surface.
- Bisque fire the stump, then glaze and fire it again.
Have in mind that clay will most probably shrink a little (about 10%) during the whole process, so the holes may turn bigger.
My holder did not come out completely perfect and the bottle was rocking a bit so I slipped under a piece of tissue paper.
I started making also sand bathtub for the hamster so stay tuned, it has been bisque fired already. Now I need to glaze it and fire one more time…
More hamster posts can be found here.