Polygrafix: Images in Clay - Canework Basics
Preparation and Tools
Tools and Supplies
I prefer FIMO, harder than Sculpy and more colorfast. Hardness is GOOD! Color selection should include primary colors, black and a large quantity of white. Avoid transparent colors which will darken when baked!
Fresh clay has trapped air, which must be removed to make it more elastic. Roll clay into a ball. Lengthen into a snake, 8-12”. Fold in thirds and repeat 15 times. Use this process to mix colors as well. If clay remains crumbly after folding 4-5 times, it is too dried out, and should be mixed with conditioner or discarded. ALL CLAY MUST BE CONDITIONED PRIOR TO CLASS!
Creating a Cane
In this class we will concentrate on a round floral cane, the simplest to produce. It is made using several steps that may be repeated, combined and varied to create many designs. Each step will involve BUILDING a cane, followed by REDUCING.
Start building with a simple BULLSEYE.
From this point the cane can be reduced, cut, recombined, or used as is.
Once you have used your cane to create a bead or other finished product, you will need to bake it. Place the object on a piece of paper set on a cookie sheet. Bake at 270º for 1 hour. Let cool before handling.
Beads can be drilled after baking, or the hole can easily be formed with a toothpick or awl while still soft.
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