MAKE YOUR OWN BISQUE ADD-ONS! Using pottery clay and any one of the 56
flexible Penni Jo Add On molds you can create a dynamic range of
embellishments! These molds are made from original sculptures designed
and executed by Penni Jo right here in the United States. Simply press
pottery clay into the desired cavities and let the part dry to the leather
state and the piece will come right out. Alternatively, before the part
is completely dry it can be removed gently pressed onto the surface shape it
will be attached to and as it dries it will take on the same curvature of the
object and allow a near seamless attachment using a slip "glue" made from
Each durable urethane mold is hand poured and trimmed
and has the ideal flex for making beautiful three dimensional elements of
pottery clay. The three dimensional nature of each element can be seen by light
and shadow - the darker the shadow in the mold the deeper the sculpting, the
more pronounced the dimension.
There are three common methods of filling a cavity.
First, be sure that your clay doesn't show any
"seams" on the side going into the cavity and press in deeply to
insure that all the detail is captured. For cavities that don't have
"extremities" such a cross, roll the clay into a ball, place in the
middle of the mold and begin pressing the clay outward toward the edges using
your fingers or a blunt ended tool. This works well with smaller cavities. If you DO end up with a few seems simply use
a small damp paint brush and smooth any seams away.
The second method is to press or roll your clay out to
the desired thickness with the size being a bit larger than the opening. Then
press the smoothest side of the clay into the mold and using fingers or a blunt
ended object press the clay into the recesses of the mold. When the molds are
new they usually don't need any release agent, however it can facilitate
removing the piece especially if you want to remove it while it still has a bit
of flexibility. Otherwise, as the piece dries it will shrink a bit and the
piece will simply fall out of the cavity most times.
The Third method is to roughly shape the clay into the
semblance of the cavity size and press into the cavity. A good example of this
would be a shape with extremities such as a cross.
About Penni Jo:With thirty years experience in the art of sculpting and
working in a variety of media, Penni Jo has designed her line of durable
flexible three dimensional molds in a wide range of elements and components
that are perfect for all types of clay - pottery, metal, polymer and glass.
They are ideal for very small decorative elements appropriate for all types of