How to Make a Clay Water Fountain

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Your artistic talent and creativity gets a chance to shine with this project. Making a water fountain out of clay in an activity that both kids and adults can enjoy.

Things You'll Need

  • Tubing A Small Fountain Pump Clay Clay Tools Glaze Paintbrushes Caulk
  • Begin by using the clay to form the basin of the fountain. This is the pond where the water from the fountain will collect. Make sure you make it wide enough to include a section for the small water fountain pump, which we will hide later, as well as a decorative bowl that will be showing. It should also be deep enough to allow the pump to be fully submerged.

  • Create a dome shaped out of clay that is open in the back with a space large enough to easily install the pump. The dome should attach to the floor and mold to the sides of the basin. Use your clay tools to form holes in the dome to allow the water to pass easily from the front to the back of the basin.

  • Now for the creative part. Using clay, create the details of the fountain you would like. You can create a statuette from which the water will flow. You can create levels were the water will tumble from one to the next as it falls toward the basin. You can create or add decorative pieces or figures to sit around the edges of your fountain. Make sure you create a place at the top of the fountain where the water will be coming from.

  • Fire the clay. Most ceramic shops will do this for you for a small fee. Glaze the fountain and then have it glaze-fired. Again, your local ceramic shop can help you with this.

  • Install the water pump behind the dome. Insert the end of the tube to the place designed to have the water emerge. Caulk it into place. Allow the caulking time to dry.

  • Fill the basin with water. Plug in the pump. Add more water as needed.

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