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slump masks clay web

Products Used

Clay
  • Low-fire white clay (EM 100)
Color
  • Stroke & Coat on Wet Clay
  • Sunkissed SC-6
  • Green Thumb SC-26
  • Hot Tamale SC-74
  • Softees Acrylic on Bisque
  • Antique Red SS-179
  • Accent Green SS-57
  • Brightest Yellow SS-111
  • Emperor’s Gold SS-87
  • Flat Black SS-138

Accessories

  • Mask Slump Mold (CD879)
  • Native American Continuous Design (CD1152)
  • 4 Native American Press Tool (CD1151)
  • Rib, Needle tool, Ribbon Tool
  • Water, Sponge. Straw
  • Brushes for glazing
  • Beads and Craft Wire for optional Decoration
Designer: Kaitlyn Miller
Step by Step Photo Instructions: Download

Instructions

  1. Handbuilding:

    1. Dust out mask slump mold to be sure it is clean to make your mask

    TIP: If your mold is wet apply a light dusting of corn starch to the inside of the mold to keep your clay from sticking to the wet plaster.

    2. Roll out a slab about 1/4” thick

    3. Compress slab on either side with rib

    4. Slump your clay into the mold, starting in the center place the clay down into the mold so the entire face is covered with clay

    5. Cut away extra clay around the outside of your mask, leaving a small border if you wish

    6. Compress and smooth the inside of your mask and let it sit in the mold until clay is dry enough to hold the shape

    7. Pull clay out of the mold and clean up with a sponge

    8. Use press molds (CD-1151, CD-1152) to add decoration to the mask by creating impressions on small pieces of clay and attaching them to the mask by slipping and scoring

    9. Use a ribbon tool to carve in decretive lines and add texture

    10. Option to create holes in border of mask by punching holes with the end of a straw

    11. Let dry completely and bisque piece to Cone 04 if not adding stroke & coat

    Stroke & Coat on wet clay (left):

    1. Once sculpture is complete add color to the piece by brushing on stroke and coat colors with a soft bristled brush

    2. Option to create a wash to cover sections of the mask by adding 1 part water to 2 parts glaze and brushing on the color

    3. Wipe semi dried glaze away with a damp sponge to create an antiqued look

    4. Using a loop or ribbon tool carve back into the mask revealing the bare clay underneath

    5. Once dried fully fire to Cone 06

    Softees Acrylic on Bisque (right):

    1. With a verity of acrylic brushes, add color to designs of your mask

    2. Create wash with your base color(s) of the face by adding water to acrylic until it is a watercolor constancy.

    3. Apply wash(s) to base face area with a soft bristle acrylic brush

    4. Before completely dry wipe away with a wet sponge to achieve an antiqued look

    5. Finish mask with Emperor’s Gold accents and outline designs in Flat Black

    Assemble:

    1. Add optional beads and wire to outside of mask by threading through holes made in the hand building stage before clay is dry

snowman clay web

Products Used

Clay
  • Low-fire white clay (EM 100)
Color
  • FN-004 Red
  • FN-002 Yellow
  • FN-041 Medium Blue
  • S-2702 Northern Lights
  • SG-302 Snowfall

Accessories

  • Spirals Mat (MT-008)
  • Rib, Needle Tool
  • Water, Sponge
  • Rolling pin
  • Circle cutters or stencils
  • Snowflake Stencil (SL-438)
  • Brushes for glazing
  • Twine, ribbon or wire to hang
Designer: Kaitlyn Miller
Step by Step Photo Instructions: Download

Instructions

  1. Handbuilding:

    1. Roll out a slab about 1/8” thick

    2. Compress slab on either side with rib

    3. Using stencil or circle cutters, trace 3 body of snowman that is 3 circles high and cut out shape

    4. Option to cut additional smaller circles and add texture to them by creating impressions with Spirals stamp mat

    5. Create facial features by rolling small balls of clay for eyes and mouth and a small cone for the nose

    6. Attach decorative circles and features by slipping and scoring pieces to your snowman slab

    7. Create holes to hang your snowman from by using the back of your needle tool or pencil to create the making for the hole and cut out with needle tool

    8. Smooth corners and edges with a sponge

    9. Lightly cover with plastic to dry slowly

    10. Once dried fully bisque fire to Cone 04

    Glazing:

    1. Apply one thick layer of Snowfall (SG-302) with a soft bristled brush to areas of snowman where you would like the snow texture. You can apply snowfall with a stencil to create additional decorative elements

    2. Allow the Snowfall to dry

    3. Create your watercolor pallet by squirting out small amounts of designer liner

    4. Once snowfall is dry, begin to add color to your snowman by picking up small amounts of color with a wet brush, the more water you use the more translucent your colors will be

    5. Use less water when painting fine details such as the facial features

    6. Once dried fully fire to Cone 06

    Assemble:

    1. Attach Twine, wire or ribbon to the hanging holes to allow your snowman plaque to hang on the wall

    2. Hang and enjoy

FN Sheer Trees

Products Used

Clay
  • Low-fire white clay (EM 100)
Color
  • UG-97 Bright Blue
  • UG-206 Fire Engine Red
  • UG-50 Jet Black
  • UG-46 Bright Yellow
  • UG-51 China White

Accessories

  • Variety of Mats (MT-003 Brick, MT-012 Ikat, etc.)
  • Circle cookie cutter
  • Water, Sponge
  • Needle tool, Cardstock, Rolling pin, Masking tape
  • Brushes for glazing
Designer: Kaitlyn Miller
Step by Step Photo Instructions: Download

Instructions

  1. Handbuilding:

    1. Roll out a slab that is 1/8” thick

    2. Compress slabs on both sides with a rib

    3. Lay down texture pads side by side onto slab and apply pressure to create texture

    4. Cut circles with a cookie cutter

    5. Roll cardstock into a cone and tape edge to create armature. Cut bottom so the cone sits flat on the table

    6. Start assembling tree by slipping and scoring textured circles together so they slightly overlap and make a ring around the base of the cone

    7. Continue to slip and score circles together as you build up to the top of the cone in a spiral pattern. Leave bottom circles slightly detached so they can stick out to look like branches

    8. Cone final circle at the top to create a point

    9. Let dry completely, fire to Cone 04. You can leave paper cone inside and allow to burn out

    Glazing:

    1. Using a soft bristled brush, apply 3 coats of glaze to each petal, alternating between the 5 colors

    2. Once the outside is fully dry paint the inside with 3 coats of Clearly Jade (FN-231)

    3. Let dry completely, fire to Cone 06 using stilts

Element coil lantern

Products Used

Clay
  • Low-fire white clay (EM 100)
Color
  • EL-144 Dark Amethyst
  • EL-145 Ginger Root
  • EL-143 Cactus Flower
  • SC-55 Yella Bout It

Accessories

  • CD776 Circle Slump Mold
  • Stamp pads
  • Rib
  • Water, Sponge, Pencil
  • Needle tool
  • 8” circle GR Form
  • Rolling pin
  • Paper for glazing
  • Brushes for glazing
Designer: Kaitlyn Miller
Step by Step Photo Instructions: Download

Instructions

  1. Hand building:

    Coil Lantern:

    1. Roll out coil ¼” thick (about the thickness on a pencil)

    2. Starting in the center of the mold, create a circle that is about a 1 ½ “ in diameter (for the opening in the top)

    3. Continue to build outward using coils until you reach the bottom edge, smoothing the inside of the lantern as you go. Create decorative openings by applying coils in a wavy pattern. Add texture by rolling coil on stamp pad before applying

    4. Let dry in slump mold until leather hard

    5. Turn mold over and carefully remove

    Optional Plate:

    1. Roll out a slab about ¼” thick

    2. Compress slab on either side with rib

    3. Add texture to slab by laying texture pad over slab and applying pressure with a rolling pin

    4. Place GR form wide side down and cut slab around the circle

    5. Place the bottom side of the GR form down on the slab and center it in the circle

    6. Flip clay and GR form over, keeping the slab centered on the form

    7. Mold sides down the GR form

    8. Use rolling pin to apply pressure to the bottom, flattening out the bottom of the dish

    9. Let sit until leather hard, then flip and gently remove

    Glazing:

    1. Glaze the inside of the lantern with 3 coats of Yella Bout it (SC-55)

    2. Pre- rip pieces of copy paper in varying sizes

    3. Using Dark Amethyst (EL-144), Ginger Root (EL-145) and Cactus Flower (El-143), glaze outside of lantern (and front and back of optional plate) with “Paper painting” technique:

    a. Using a brush, apply a generous amount of glaze to a ripped piece of paper

    b. Place glazed side down on bisque and allow to soak in

    c. Continue to glaze and apply papers until desired area is covered

    d. Peel back paper to reveal glazed surface

    i. You can use a needle tool to pick up hard to pull corners

    4. Allow to dry fully, fire to Cone 06 using stilts

UG red clay TTO crop

Products Used

Clay
  • Low-fire Red clay (Laguna EM106)
Color
  • Bright Blue (UG-97)
  • Fire Engine Red (UG-206)
  • Jet Black (UG-50)
  • Bright Yellow (UG-46)
  • China White (UG-51)

Accessories

  • Brick Stamp pad (MT-003)
  • Cardboard Paper
  • Pencil, Scissors, Water, Sponge
  • Fettling knife
  • Rib
  • Straw
  • Sgraffito Tool
Designer: Kaitlyn Miller
Step by Step Photo Instructions: Download

Instructions

  1. Roll out a ¼” thick slab

  2. Cut slab into a 5”x7” rectangle and compress both sides with rib

  3. Sketch out shape that script will go inside and cut stencil out of cardboard

  4. Sketch script to go inside the shape on paper and set aside

  5. Place cardboard stencil on slab and place texture mat overtop

  6. Firmly press texture mat into clay being careful not to move it

  7. Pull mat away slowly reviling texture and remove stencil

  8. Using a straw, punch a hole for the tile to hang from

  9. Thin a small amount of black underglaze with water to create a wash. Paint wash onto textured surface

  10. Using a dry sponge remove glaze access glaze from the relief leaving glaze only in the indentations

  11. Cut paper with your script sketch to fit inside logo area

  12. Place on clay, trace script with pencil and peel away revealing indentation

  13. Using detail liner brush and white underglaze, trace outline of design

  14. Using detail liner brush and red underglaze, fill in script littering. Apply a second coat once the first is fully dry

  15. Using detail liner brush and blue underglaze, fill in logo shape around the words leaving some room around the edges. Apply a second coat once the first is fully dry

  16. While the blue underglaze is still wet, apply yellow underglaze to the edges of your logo, allowing the colors to blend. Apply a second coat to just the edges once first coat is completely dry

  17. Using detail liner brush, apply a second coat of white underglaze to the outline

  18. Apply black underglaze wash around the outside of logo to create depth

  19. Using a sgraffito tool once black wash dry, scrape away access wash to create highlights on the textured surface

  20. Allow to dry completely

  21. Bisque fire to Cone 04. 

  22. Option to glaze with clear coat and glaze fire to Cone 06

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