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Troika vase 

Originally made by a Cornish Art Pottery,

based in St Ives and then moved to Newlyn (1962 - 1983).

They are decorated with geometric designs 

depicting local interest (mine exits, fishing artefacts).

Preparation -plans, materials and tools


Mould, something cylindrical 

to wrap clay, plaster or paper

mache round

Plans. Materials shaped to these formats

ready for assembly.

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Separators to get material off the

mould. Cling film, aluminium foil or

bubble wrap.

Rubber bands may be useful to hold

materials onto mould.

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Sample rings - these are made in eucalyptus bark. 

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A few layers of paper wrapped round mould (bubble wrap as release layer).

Remove when dry, fold in flat for base.

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Cut a disc from thin card for each side.

Lightly fix with masking tape.

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Join sides to main body with paper mache strips. 

Cut sides to shape the base.

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Add more layers, try to get as smooth a surface as possible.

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Paint base coat, again keep adding coats to harden the surface. Filler added here to improve smoothness. Paint again after glass papering between coats.


Completed Troika Wheel Vase, just the decoration to add.

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