Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Cut off 1/4 block of each color of clay. Roll out one snake of Wasabi clay and one snake of Jungle Green clay, about ¼” thick. Twist the two snakes together, fold in half and twist again. Continue this process until you have a nice blend of the two colors. You will probably need to repeat this process at least three times. Set this log aside.
Repeat this step, this time using Raw Sienna and Burnt Umber. Set this log aside.
When you are happy with the blend of each of the logs, use the Acrylic Roller to slightly flatten the logs and then run each through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #2 setting. Start with the Green log first to avoid color transfer. Place the sheets on your work surface.
Lightly mist the Leaf Texture Sheet with water and press into the Green sheet. To get a deeper texture roll over the texture sheet with the Acrylic roller.
Next, lightly mist the Bark Texture Sheet with water and press into the Brown sheet. To get a deeper texture roll over the texture sheet with the Acrylic roller.
Use the Super Slicer to cut a straight edge on each sheet of textured clay. Line the shakers up with the straight edge (leaving about 1/4" of glass showing at the top) and wrap the shaker until the clay meets. Cut off the excess and smooth the seam with your finger. If you smooth out some of the pattern you can gently press the texture back in using the texture sheet. Set the remainder of the Green textured sheet aside for Step 4.
Fill the barrel of the clay extruder with some conditioned Burnt Umber. Use the 3rd to smallest circle disk to extrude a long snake. For the project shown we extruded about a 6” snake. Cut the snake in half and twist the two pieces together to resemble the look of a rope. Wrap this around the shaker where the glass and the Green textured sheet meet. Trim off excess where the clay rope meets itself. Try to line up the seam of the rope and the seam of the clay sheet. Set this shaker aside.