Monday, April 8, 2013


We recently replaced our water supply pipe with copper after discovering the old piping was electrical conduit. Yikes!  There were several pieces lying about the yard, which I knew I could use for something.  These vases were the end result. I hope you like them. 

What you’ll need:
Step 1:
Cut the copper pipe to size.  I used a hacksaw to cut 2 pieces approximately 6” in length. 

Step 2:
Use sandpaper to sand down any rough edges.

Tip: Tarnished copper can be cleaned by rubbing vinegar and salt over it. 

Step 3:
Knead and roll out the oven-bake clay on a clean surface.  Once the clay is about ¼” thick, cut a circular base about ¼” wider than the pipe.

Step 4:
Press the clay down the sides of the tube, thinning it as you work your way down. 

Step 5:
Roll a larger piece of clay to ¼” and cut to the desired size. 

Step 6:
Roll the clay around the pipe and use the modeling tool (or your fingers) to pinch the seam closed. Lightly press the bottom sides to seal the base of the vase.

Step 7:
Using the palm of your hand gently roll the vase on a clean surface.  This will seal the seams and get rid of any pinching marks left on the clay. 

Step 8:
Cut out your desired shape.

Step 9:
Bake according to the instructions on the packaging.