- Getting Started:
Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.
Use pieces of paper varying from 4 to 6 inches square to create cone shaped molds for the ribbons. Tape the edges together with regular tape. The tape does well in the oven for about 6 baking cycles, but by then, the paper holds it own shape. Large index cards can be used for a work surface.
Extrude your clay in the shape you like the best. One full barrel of clay will yield one ribbon. Make as many ribbons of one color as you like but don't be too worried about cleaning the barrel out really well before changing colors. Note: If you don't have a Clay Extruder, you can simply roll long "snakes" of clay as evenly as possible.
Once you have an extruded length of clay, start wrapping it from the bottom of the cone to the top, creating a small loop of clay at the top end to accept your wire hanger.
Dust lightly with glitter if you wish. It helps to apply glitter in a separate area so the glitter doesnâ€™t get mixed in with the rest of your clay.
Bake as directed on your clay package and allow to cool before removing from the paper mold.
To make longer ribbons you can use a long tapered dowel. Using this as a mold for a ribbon will give you a skinny and longer spiral. To help hold the spiral of clay to the wood dowel overlap the top end.
Dust with glitter, if desired, and bake according to package directions. Allow the clay to cool on the dowel and then just simply twist lightly and the clay will release from the dowel.