Before you start, condition the clay - Roll 3 balls of
Translucent Clay and one ball of Black clay )I used 1/4 of
a bar of clay for each ball).
- Pasta machine
- Black clay
- Translucent clay
- Pearlex powders
- Work Tile
- Slicing blade
- Paint brush handle
|Step 1: Add one color of
Pearlex powder to each ball. There is really NO specific amount of
powder - I just used enough to color the clay! The interference
colors will be a little tricky to see, but just use your own
You will have a ball of:
A ball of Interference Green
A ball of
And, of course, you will still have your ball of
|Step 2: Run each ball of
the translucent/powder clay through your pasta machine on the #3 setting.
Run the black ball of clay through on the thinnest setting.
|Step 3: Cut a slice of the
black clay with your cutting blade and lay it on your work tile. Then stack two of the
color slices, then a black slice. Keep doing this until you run out of clay. I wanted to
get different results so I went black, red-blue, interference green,
black, interference violet, red-blue, black. Then I just took some little
pieces of the clay and stacked them on the top. This arrangement gives it a nice variety
|Step 4: Once you have all the
colors in a stack, take your brayer or roller and go over it to make sure that
all the air bubbles are out.
|Step 5: Use your cutting blade to slice
the stack in half. Take the two halves and stack them one on top of
the other. You may want to roll them slightly with your brayer to make sure
that no air bubbles trapped.
|Step 6: Now that you have a
nice little stack of clay take your paint brush handle and poke holes
|Step 7: If you want, you
can fill in some of the holes with extra clay you may have left over.
You don't really have to do this, but it is up to you!
|Step 8: Squeeze your clay back into a
block. Make sure it is all compact!
|Step 9: Slice the clay off the
block in paper thin slices. It should look something like the picture at the right. The
trick to the abalone look is to lay the slices over base shapes of black or white clay. When using black clay, the interference colors will show through, and using white clay will give a different color look. Try it yourself - make 2 little balls of black
and white clay and put the slices on them. You can overlap the pieces if you
like, but you don't really have to. See the difference in the look!
|Step 11: Here are some examples. After
baking I put the pieces in an ice water bath, sanded them, and
coated them with about three coats of Future floor polish. Have fun
and let me know what you think of the Lesson! And be sure to post
pictures of YOUR results in the PCC Message Board!
White Clay Base |
Black Clay Base