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Acrylic Paints: Brown, Moss Green
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.
Form 8 to 10 balls about 3/16” round using the left over blended Green clay.
Use the Flower & Leaf Mold to create leaves that will go around the other shaker. Lightly mist the mold with water. Press one ball at a time into the desired leaf shape and remove. Repeat this until all the balls have been molded into leaves. Add these to the top of the shaker covered in the Brown texture. Position them in a back a forth kind of pattern.
Bake the shakers according to the directions above without the metal tops on. Allow to cool.
To give your salt and pepper shakers a little extra depth, use a small amount of acrylic paint to wash over the textured clay.
For the Green sheet with the leaf texture- water down some brown acrylic paint and paint over the texture with a soft brush. Make sure to get the wash into the veins of the leaves. Allow to dry.
For the Brown sheet with the bark texture add a small amount of paint (not diluted with water) to a dry paint brush. Dry brush the green paint on the edges of texture. Do this with very little paint and a quick back and forth motion.
Once these are dry you can coat them both with Sculpey gloss glaze.
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