Coil Clay Trees

Designer: Bailie Benson



  1. Cover the floral foam cone in a layer of plastic wrap to keep the clay from sticking to the form.
  2. Begin by rolling out a couple lengths of coils.
  3. Starting at the base of the tree, wrap the coils around the cone form.
  4. Stop wrapping every few inches and score the clay on the coil below and the coil that will be lying on top.
  5. Touch a couple drops of water to the scored areas to help adhere the clay to itself.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you reach the top of the cone.
  7. Use your finger to blend any areas where the clay coils connected to make them look like one seamless coil.
  8. A toothpick can be used to press in definition between coils.
  9. Carefully remove the coils from the form and throw away the plastic wrap.
  10. Using a finger (or plastic knife/fettling knife) smoosh and blend together the coils from the inside.
  11. Carefully manipulate the tree to create soft bends so it isn’t straight up and down from the cone form.
  12. Roll small balls of clay to create the bulbs.
  13. Scratch and attach bulbs to the tree.
  14. Using any excess clay, create a star for the top.
  15. Scratch and attach the star.
  16. Allow to fully dry.
  17. Bisque fire to cone 04.
  18. Wipe bisque with a damp sponge to remove any dust.
  19. Using three coats of SC-26 Green Thumb, glaze the main part of the coil tree with the script liner brush, leaving the bulbs and star untouched.
  20. Glaze a variety of bulbs using SC-11 Blue Yonder, SC-73 Candy Apple Red, SC-6 Sunkissed, and SC-16 Cotton Tail with the script liner brush making sure to apply three coats on each.
  21. Glaze the star with 3 coats of SC-6 Sunkissed.
  22. Allow to dry.
  23. Stilt and fire to cone 06.



  • 2 lbs low fire clay


  • SC-73 Candy Apple Red
  • SC-11 Blue Yonder
  • SC-6 Sunkissed
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-26 Green Thumb

Decorating Accessories

  • RB-106 #6 Script Liner

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Foam cone form
  • Toothpick
  • Plastic wrap