1,2,3... EASY TECHNIQUES FOR CLAY
air-drying clay is a versatile product that can be used in many craft projects. It doesn’t need to be heated, unlike traditional clays that need to be fired in a kiln at a very high temperature, or polymer clays that need to be heated in an oven to cure. This type of material hardens and cures at normal room temperature and, once dry, it can be painted or decorated in a variety of ways.
Rolling pin; natural sponge; sharp knife; fine sandpaper; acrylic paints; old credit card; craft knife; diamond cutter set; sculpting tools for shaping and scraping
STEP 1 Working on a flat, clean surface, roll the clay out to the thickness you require. If you find the clay is dry or cracking, use your hand to drizzle a little water over the clay and rub it lightly on the surface.
STEP 2 Determine how many shapes you need to cut and start cutting from the outer edge in. You can use a craft knife, template or biscuit cutter to create your shape. Carefully lift your cut shape and lay it flat to dry. Once dry, if the edges are a little rough or uneven, you can use sandpaper and carefully sand the dried clay smooth.
STEP 1 Knead white clay until it is malleable, roll into a ball. Poke your thumb into the top of the ball, to create an indent.
STEP 2 Fill the indent with the acrylic paint colour of your choice. You may find you will need to add extra paint if you want a stronger colour. Pull the clay and fold it over the acrylic paint. Keep kneading and folding the clay until the colour is even and well mixed into the clay.
STEP 3 If you find the clay is dry or the colour is still marbled, add a dab of water and knead again until you have the desired colour and effect.
STEP 1 Roll out the clay and create desired shape/size, here we have a square. If you find the surface too dry to work with and it is cracking, lightly rub water on top.
STEP 2 Use an object or shape that you would like for indenting.
STEP 3 Carefully push down onto the clay, being careful not to go all the way through to the other side or to warp the shape.
STEP 1 Joining clay requires 2 overlapping pieces to become one and have an invisible join. For this project we are using a glass bottle to mould a shape. Roll your clay flat with a rolling pin and a little water to keep clay moist.
STEP 2 Cover bottle in cling wrap, then grease surface with oil. Wrap clay over the top.
STEP 3 Using an old credit card, apply slight pressure to smooth overlapping pieces of clay until even and join is no longer visible. Use wet fingers to finish off any messy indents.