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HOW TO MAKE MOCK FINE CHINA BOWLS
This small bowl (about 4in diameter) looks like it's made of fine china. Can this be a priceless antique? A rare example of a particular period of historic china basin crafting, made to exquisite perfection by expert craftsmen centuries ago? No! This is MOCK fine china bowl on the HOW TO MAKE MOCK FINE CHINA BOWLS page! How ever can that be done? Bizarre as it may seem, this was done by taking a margarine pot of the type which contain 500g of "soft spread" and are available from such places as Asda, Iceland, Tesco, and other well known supermarkets for 19p or thereabouts. After eating all the delicious grease, which is great on gluten-free toast, the empty pot was then washed out with hot water. Then the pot was filled half full of hot water and microwaved for half a minute at a time, watching closely and moving it around to make sure the process was happening properly. This was done to make sure the plastic pot distorted evenly and not too quickly. It seems to make a difference that the base is in contact with the glass dish properly. After a while, the pot containing boiling water started to distort. The middle distorted most, because the hot water was up to a particular level, and that increased as the base sagged. The top didn't distort so much because it was mostly above the water. The base oddly shrank a bit, because the blank that was used to make the margarine pot was a particular shape to start with. So, the result was that an ordinary straight-sided margarine pot distorted into this classic shape! Looks like some kind of fine china sugar bowl!
* Note that it's not termed a "fake" china bowl, as it only LOOKS like a china bowl. No-one would be fooled by it if they handled it, as it's obviously made of plastic.
* To make it look even half-convincing you have to scrub off the writing that says "Bargain generic cut price spread!" or something similar.
* If you actually try this, remember that you are dealing with boiling water in thin plastic pots which are not designed to take it, so considerable care has to be taken to avoid getting scalded. At your own risk be it! The best safety precaution is to consider where the boiling water will go if it spills.
* The right kind of pots to use are ones which can't take boiling water! It's no good using a Pot Noodle pot for this because you can actually boil water in it.
* It's best to start off with about a dozen empty pots. Only one in three will end up looking anything like convincing, and only about one in ten will be good enough to be a proper "mock fine china bowl" like this! It takes a bit of practice.