I started cranking out soap dishes this weekend- trying to get ready for holiday shows/ etsy sales. Here are some step-by-step images taken with my iphone of my soap dish making process.
1. Get a hunk of clay
2. Roll a slab
3. Choose a texture. Here are some of my favorites: vintage lace, a hand-carved wood grain texture stamp, a purchased vine texture and a spiral door knob.
4. Put the texture on the slab and roll.
5. Peel off the texture plate.
6. Cut out the shape you want with a needle tool. I use an old 4x6 picture frame as my guide.
7. I repeat this process until I have several made. Then I set them aside to firm up a bit.
8. Sponge the edges smooth and start to give it some shape.
9. Let them dry a little more in a curved position. I even put my blue jar collection to work- they work for me as a nice curved surface.
10. Extrude a coil and cut it into even sections. Then roll those into little balls.
11. Attach 4 balls onto the bottom of the dish.
12. Flip it over, smoosh down the balls and give the soap dish a nice curve.
13. Let it dry, fire, glaze and fire again. Then enjoy with your favorite handmade soap! Of course mine are Pigeon River Soaps! I will be collaborating with my mom this holiday season to offer some pretty soap dish/ soap gift sets. Once you've tried handmade soaps, you'll never go back!