How To Make: Tiny Houses (Part 1)

March 2, 2011 § 4 Comments

These are so simple to make, you can do it too! Tiny clay houses so cute and charming. Place them on a windowsill, on your workdesk, anywhere that needs a little whimsy. The first few clay houses I made began on a lazy afternoon, and a chunk of clay that was too hard to throw. I was just mucking around with it, repeatedly dropping it on a surface to make a cuboid shape, and one thing led to another…

(pictures are grainy because I was working at night… it’s really bothering me now, but … ek.)

1. Get a chunk of clay (preferably quite stiff)

this chunk was too wet, but I was impatient...

2. Make it into a cube by picking up and dropping…

Use a steel scraper to sharpen the corners somewhat

3. Slice!

Using a string or wire...

These are about 1 inch thick

4. and slice the other way…

looks like manhattan to me...

5. So now you have some tall cubes… it’s time to shape the roofs…

Lay a block on its side, and GUILLOTINE IT!

Lay a block on its side, and GUILLOTINE IT!

Put them on their feet... and there you go...

Put them on their feet... and there you go...

another roof style:

one chop...

steep roofs

6. So now you’ll have a little city after going through all the blocks…

scrape and clean up the edges as well as you can at this point...

7. Let them set a bit… For this batch, the clay was really wet, so I’m going to leave them overnight to stiffen a bit. Don’t want the shape getting mucked up while I carve them… If your clay is dry enough to hold the shapes, then you can start carving.

Tomorrow: Carving in the details!


§ 4 Responses to How To Make: Tiny Houses (Part 1)

  • Evelin says:

    wow! Love this! erm… but where to get clay? makes me feel like trying to play with it too but then I dunno where to fire them and glaze them afterwards wor….. šŸ˜›

  • inkypots says:

    hey evelin, you can get clay and fire at Touch of Clay in Segambut – my teacher’s place. If you’re keen, I’ll forward you his number privately. Some day in the future, I hope to have a studio where friends and clay enthusiasts can come work… soon I hope…

  • Evelin says:

    cool… yup… you can email me his number šŸ™‚ would be fun to get my hands dirty and make some things.. haha… if it is successful, I can display in my house… if not, dunno what I want to do with it! HAHAHAHAHAA….

    yeay! I hope you can have your studio soon. I wanna come and play šŸ˜€

  • preettysandhu says:

    for the longest time I thought they were hollow, but this method is genius! Genius I tell you!
    I adore them to bits!

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