Crescent Moon Bowls.

I love crafts that get the whole family together, working towards the same outcomes. These little bowls were one of those activities where we all sat around the table crafting away, connecting with each other as well as our creative inner beings.
With Winter solstice approaching us, my little family has been focusing our full moon crafts on creating items that we will be using through out the night of the winter solstice. These little crescent moon bowls will be the home for some soy candles in the upcoming days which we will use to light up the longest night of the year. These are also adaptable to be seasonal bowls if you choose to instead replace the moon by imprinting leaves or flowers into the side. 
Air drying clay.
Rolling pin.
Circular cookie cutter or object to cut around.
Cup of water.
A knife. 
Clear drying craft glue ~ optional.
1. Take a large handful of your air drying clay and begins rolling it out. To avoid the clay from sticking to you board you can either use a piece of canvas material or make sure to gently lift your flatten piece of clay with a spatula. 
2. Once your clay is the size you would like your bowl to be, pick up the edges and begin moving them close. You will need to make a small tear in three sides and overlap them to creat and almost rose petal shape (see photos)
 3. Using your finger begin smoothing the folds together so they just continually run like a bowl would, to help with this use some water mixed with tiny piece of clay (this is called a slip in ceramics) to join the edges. 
4. Once your edges are all smooth and you are happy with the shape, take a knife and gently even put the top while cutting off any excess clay.
5. Sit your bowl aside and begin creating your crescent moons but using your circular cookie cutter or tracing around a circular object. 
6. Once you have your crescent moon, press it gently into the side of your bowl that you want it to be to give it the correct shape to stay. Now you can either choose to attach it to your bowl now by scoring (taking a fork or knife and making a rough edge) the back of your moon and the area which you want it to sit and then apply your slip (water + tiny bits of clay) to smooth together or you can wait until both are dry and glue it on which is how we did it so the little folk could do more parts of creating this little activity. 
7. Once your pieces are dry you can begin to paint them. 
 8. Set aside you pieces to dry and once they have, if you chose not to connect the moon earlier in step 6 with the score and slip, you can glue your moon on to your bowl. 
Special Note: if you have used air drying clay, and plan to turn these moon bowls into soy candles you won’t need to fire them in a kiln before doing so. 
 Now that your little crescent moon bowls are complete you can choose to use them to hold all your precious little items or turn them into little soy candles like we did. 
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