To make 1 clay Oil Lamp:
Items you will need:
Small bowl of water
Butcher paper or parchment paper
Step 1: Take about 1/2- 1 lb. of clay, form into a ball, and roll it on a clean surface to 3/8 inch thick. We rolled it out on butcher paper, but I would recommend rolling it out on parchment paper, so it doesn’t stick to the paper.
Step 2: Place your rolled out clay on top of a small bowl, and form the clay around the bowl. We used a 3.5 inch diameter mini prep glass bowl. After the clay is formed to the bowl, cut around the bottom of the bowl. Remove the excess clay.
Step 3: Take your knife and mark around the bowl. This gives your bowl texture. If you would rather your bowl be smooth, then skip to step 4. Be creative!
Step 4: Once your bowl has firmed up (24 hrs), take another piece of clay and roll it out into a 6 inch circle. Place the bowl on top of the 6 in. circle. Trim a little larger than your base bowl. This will be the lid to your lamp. Allow another 24 hrs before removing from form.
Step 5: Take a small amount of clay and roll into a 2 inch diameter circle. This piece will reinforce the center of the lid to make the oil cavity. Dampen one side of this circle and an area the same size on the lid to allow adhesion. Place the small circle in the center of the larger circle. Dip your finger in the water and begin to run your finger around the smaller circle. Continue until the area is smooth.
Step 6: Perform this step while the lid is still malleable. After removing from the form, place a 1 oz. prep bowl inside your clay bowl. Next, take the lid and place it on top of the bowl. Begin to GENTLY tap the center of the top, slowly forming an indention in your lid. Continue until the indention is almost to the bottom of the small bowl.
Step 7: Once you have formed cylinder, use a wooden skewer to make a small hole in the center. Leave the lid on the bowl until completely dry (48 hrs).
Step: 8: Allow pieces to dry completely before painting. Apply paint to entire surface of the bowl and lid. Allow to dry completely. Once the paint is completely dry, apply Mod Podge or Triple Thick to seal. Allow to dry completely. You may want to apply 2-3 coats.
Tip: Air-dry clay does not have the strength of fired clay. Be VERY careful when handling your pieces, and do not pick them up near the lip of the bowl.
Step 9: Fill the bowl half full of olive oil or lamp oil. Add 4-5 drops of the essential oil of your choice ( we use citronella for mosquitos) and 4-6 inches of candle wick. Allow the wick to absorb the oil before attempting to light it, or you will burn out your wick. You want to have 1/2 inch of the wick sticking through the hole. Enjoy!
Tip: If you choose to burn anything other than lamp oil, don’t buy a tightly woven wick, as it will not absorb the oil fast enough and you will burn out your wicks.
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