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    Hi, i am trying to make a vase using polymer clay but the base is to be of wood. A circular groove is cut into the wood and the clay is to be set into the groove. My problem is if i fire the clay first it will shrink and not fit into the groove or if i put the clay into the groove and then fire it then the clay will split. Can anyone suggest anything?
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    Fire the clay then cut the groove to fit it.

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    Thanks i had thought of that but unfortunately its not me cutting the groove, its done by the company i buy the wood from

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    I know nothing about working with clay so I can't offer any more advice other than make your own bases.

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    Is it possible to make the vase slightly bigger to allow for shrinkage?

    However, as said above, the best way is to make the base fit the vase. If you are not able to cut the grove in the wood you could make a laminated base by cutting out a circle of wood the thickness of the required grove and the diameter of the inside of the vase and an annulus of wood to the outside diameter. Glue to base and you have your grove. Then sand and finish as required.

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