Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Terra Cotta Bowl-Makin's Clay

Hello Makers!

I have a quick share for you today. A Makin's Clay bowl using the Terra Cotta colored clay and Texture Sheet, Set H.

For this project I used the entire clay that comes in the 17.6 ounce package. I conditioned the clay with the Makin's Clay roller and rolled out a sheet of clay about 1/4 inch thick. I then textured the clay by placing the texture sheet over the clay and firmly running the roller over it. I cut the edges in an uneven fashion.

I cured the bowl for 24 hours draped over a real bowl so that it takes the shape of the bowl. I then turned it over and let the other side for another 24 hours.

Because I wanted to add dark paint into the crevices only, I sealed the clay with a Satin Polyurethane Sealer. This clay tends to be porous, therefore, the paint stains it too much if it is not sealed. The fact that is porous is great if you want to paint or add inks. Or you might prefer a more stained look. For my purposes though, I just wanted to get into the crevices.

I brushed Art Minds Slate Wax, then wiped it off with a dry paper towel; the wax is thick and a little gooey. The dry paper towels helps to this gets a lot of wax off. I then used a baby wipes, it gets even more paint off it. For some reason, the baby wipes takes wax off fast and efficiently, just not a lot at a time. It's design for wood, probably, its consistency helps to get into the wood efficiently. I like it because it has a soft finish. I then sealed the bowl again with Satin Polyurethane Sealer. As a final touch I manually drilled some holes with a drill bit and weaved hemp string.

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