Pasta letter ceramics for the win! We are all about personalizing ALL THE THINGS these days, right? That goes for ceramics too. Using pasta letters is one of my favorite ways to create fun sayings, words, and phrases on boxes, mugs, dishes, and even jewelry.
Here is how I do it, I imagine it would also work on air-dry clay, and perhaps polymer clay too. I haven’t tried it on those, but I did with fired ceramics.
Supplies for pasta letter ceramics:
Low fire clay
Ceramic underglazes of your choice
Cut and roll out your clay to it’s desired shape. Make sure it is free and clear of debris.
Sort your letters, it makes the process go so much quicker!
Write out your word on paper and count the letters, this will help with spacing. Once you figured that out, move on to the clay!
Apply the letters, one by one.
Gently push in. Smooth out any nail marks. The smoother the better. Ise a skewer to add holes for hanging (optional). I set out my clay pieces on a baking rack and cover loosely with plastic. Let it dry completely. Here in Az, it takes a day.
AIR DRY CLAY METHOD:
If you don’t have a kiln, you can use air-dry clay, simply leave the letters in the clay until the clay has dried and hardened, then remove with a dry brush and paint as desired.
For your jewelry pieces, you can leave the backs unglazed so you don’t need to stilt them when you fire. AND you could even add a drop of essential oil on the backs to make them smell nice! 🙂