Not real clay sadly, but still effective.
The pots were made using lightweight card, that came from inside a christmas wrapping paper roll (optional :D), it is a bit stiffer than standard paper, so holds the shape quite well, though I put an additional layer of this card inside each pot, just to make it a bit thicker, and sturdier. To do this I used the same template, but cut off about 2mm from the end, so that the card would not overlap inside, and using a pencil to roll the (bottomless) pot, helps to firmly secure the card to the glue on the inside. The rim is made using the same template of the pot, but using a strip from the top, about 2-4mm deep, and made slightly longer, keeping the curve. If you want the side of the rim to be at 90degrees to the ground, use a straight strip (pot 2 is like this, pot 4 is at the same angle as the pot) They were flocked using Richard Stacey modelling powder in light red, though you could just paint them, or even leave them natural. The tiny one would look like those seedling starter pots, if left natural. You could also stick embossed stickers or jewellery stampings onto the pots, before painting and flocking, which would be a nice detail.
I used the same method as Kris Compas' bucket tutorial, which is great for explaining how to make this "bucket/pot" shape.
The template I made is for these pots. The templates could also be used for mugs, buckets, lampshades etc. The I logic cone calcluator can be used to make templates with a larger or smaller angle than these ones. www.i-logic.com/conecalc.htm
The strange dull lighting in the photographs, is because the weather here is behaving erratically!
|Graduating pots, in the same order as the template. The last pot is my first and experimental card pot, and is not on the template. The first pot is a super cute 9mm high!|
|I used a needle to punch the holes in the card, before glueing the bottoms in. I now think the holes could be a tad bigger...|
|These pot templates were made with help using the I logic cone calculator available freely online. Or you could do it the old fashioned way and use the truncated cone formula.....................if you dare try to understand that, thankfully I found the cone calculator :D. Here I have drawn them with a true scale ruler to help with printing, hopefully that works ok, I don't have a printer, so I don't know. Though you could use them at any size you want.|
The dotted line is just there to remind you not to cut flush to the solid line, as you will need this extra for the tabs. The pot bottom will need V notches cut into it.
P.s. If you don't own a printer, you can lightly trace these onto paper from your computer screen. I traced these shapes from the cone calculator produced shapes. Just use your screen magnifier to get them to the right size. Try not to damage your screen, should be alright if you keep the pencilling light, mines ok, and I have been using my screen as a lightbox for years :D
Free PDF file of this template available here