Sunday, August 9, 2009

Making Ceramic Mural Art - African Mask

Hello everyone, as i promised I'm here back with the Ceramic Mural work.
I'm so happy that i completed my work and this was a gift to my sister. She is very much happy with my gift.

This work took almost 2 months to complete because of lot of delays and all. Anyways i felt very happy to see the completed work.

I would also be happy to share my Ceramic work with you all. This is a kind of an African art form with African masks and the real effect textures and all.

I hope you all will enjoy this work a lot.

So lets start with the tutorials. I hope you all wont be bored with the tutorials as its a too long one.

Materials used:

1. Whitening powder
2. DINK adhesive
3. Fevicol (White Glue)

If you have referred to my post on How to do Ceramic work on Cup?you might come to know what is DINK and the procedure to make it. But still i will let you know what DINK is all about.

DINK is edible gum crystals are available in small pieces especially meant for eating after being cooked. Brownish variety DINK is basically used for adhesive purpose.

You need to get 1kg of DINK grind it properly and make fine powder out of it. Now soak the powder in water. The water level and DINK powder level should be same, check out the next day and you can find it sticky and highly adhesive.

This was all he making of Ceramic dough.

Now to start with the actual making of Mural base. The Ceramic Mural base is made of plywood. I have used a reference for making the base. Using the base some cutout were made for the shapes and the same were cut on plywood.

Now arrange all those plywood pieces using hammer and nail. Yes some bit of Carpenter work too. :)

After you finish doing the base for plywood. Take Ceramic dough in required quantity and make it flat round any shape and plly it on the plywood shaped pieces.

Make sure you remove the excess quantity the comes out of the plywood pieces and the dough should be pasted on the all the pieces, or as you wish on some pieces.
On rest of the plywood pieces we can do some cone work as i did in some of the shapes.

Now I have the completed work. I can explain you what I did to get these effects. The colours are black, copper and golden colour effects.

Here i used some coloured stones on the middle big piece. The texture for four stick pieces on back side of Sun is some used doing old pen and toothpicks and just small quantity of ceramic pieces on the stick the and toothpicks.


Here the mask is made using a mask mould and some hand detailing too done to it.


One more mask using mould. This was the smallest mask i made for this mural.


Here the impressions are used with the help of some local tools. Let me tell you i used here is all kind of refills. Yes pen refills and unused pen. Bottom of some refills looks like a flower shape those are some of the impressions.


Here the complete work is cone work on all pieces. One piece is complete shells. with some gold powder effect. And rest all are tools and cone work.

Here the impressions are using knife. When the ceramic is not completely wet and not dry too. You need to give all possible impressions. If you want you can also use comb as one of the tool.. For that you need to use wet ceramic. It should not be a complete dough, should be a bit loose.


Here is a complete cone work with mask effect.


These all make my completed Ceramic mural with all those African mask art on it.


Note: The dough you make can be used for at least six months if you use it properly. Make sure you don't keep it open at all. It should be kept in wet cloth in an Air tight container. This will make your dough last for long.

I hope every one got an idea of making ceramic mural work. You can mail me if you find any difficulty.

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