Pouring ceramics: how does that work?

The casting of ceramics also offers the hobby artist the opportunity to make a small mass production. For this he needs a special cast ceramic and a plaster mold. Molds for balls, chess pieces, plates and cups can be bought prefabricated - or even produced. Read here how to get from the mold to finished ceramics.

This should be considered when casting ceramics

Treat your plaster mold extremely carefully, it will scratch easily and shatter into pieces when it falls to the floor. If you are lucky, you can reuse the shape up to 80 times, but the contours of your ceramic become weaker and weaker.

Instructions for casting ceramics

  • cast ceramic
  • firing color
  • water
  • plaster mold
  • spoon
  • whisk
  • bowl
  • measuring cup
  • Tea strainer made of metal
  • sponge

1. Mix the cast ceramic

Mix your ceramics in a bowl and add water according to instructions. A creamy consistency is just right for pouring.

2. Prepare the mold

Open and clean your mold. Use a lightly moistened sponge to remove dust.

3. Close the mold tightly

Close the mold again according to the instructions for use. Make sure that she can not open herself when casting.

4. Press out the cast ceramics

Sieve your ceramic mass through a tea strainer into the provided measuring cup to get the cleanest possible substance.

5. Pour the ceramic into the plaster mold

Pour the ceramic slowly but steadily into the plaster mold. Do not take off in between, this will result in ugly edges!

6. Let the ceramic dry

It takes between 15 and 60 minutes for the ceramic to form a solid outer wall. Turn the mold over, allow the liquid to flow back into the jar, and allow the ceramics to dry for another 10 minutes before turning them over again.

Now follows the setting time, which takes at least 2 hours. You can sometimes leave the mold for one night, but you may risk drying cracks. Remove the blank from the mold and continue to process it.

Tips & Tricks

Allow your plaster mold to dry over and over between the different casting processes, otherwise the material will deform.

Video Board: Three minutes pouring ceramics