So now the whole piece has dried to leather
hard, including the connected area. And again, leather hard is when you can rub your finger
over it and you’re not going to smear anything, but you can easily put a print with your fingernail.
So now that it’s ready for that, I’m going to take my ribbon tool. This is called a ribbon
tool because it just peels off ribbons of clay, just like that. And what I want to do
here is I want to get kind of a double bubble into this bottle. So I’m going to make this
base appear very rounded, and then I’m going to kind of cut in. Remember, I left a lot
of clay with that flange, so I’ve got a little room to work right there. And the base of
your neck is generally going to be thick at the bottom, thicker than your top. So you
have a little bit of room that you can trim in if you want to put a design. And you can
pretty much do anything you want to do with this design here. So now I’ve got it trimmed
the way that I want it, and I’m going to take my hard rib here. Slide it against the bat,
and just make sure I’ve got a good undercut there. Take my wire tool. Cut the bottom.
And pull this piece right off. Now, if you just want a bottle, it’s done. But I’m going
to show you how to make a lid and how to add a handle if you want to have it more like
a cruet. You could also pull a spout onto the tip of this bottle, if you wanted to make
it a pitcher. And so now I’ll show you how to make the lid.