Home Clay Kit Instructions
1. Prepare your work area
-Use disposable paper to protect your work surface.
-Protect your clothing or wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty before starting your project.
2. Plan your design
-Create some sketches of the shapes you want to create.
-It can be difficult to build clay up unless it has a solid foundation. Tip: design a form that will have its heaviest point near the ground or tabletop.
-Keep in mind that the amount clay you have will reflect the final size of your artwork. Tip: design your artwork on a small scale.
-Plan to add texture and design to your clay surface after the shape is created. Tip: you may add details such as the stripes on a shirt using the tip of your wooden tool.
3. Prepare your clay
-Break off about 1 pound, the size of your fist, to begin with.
-Cover unused clay with plastic to avoid drying out.
4. Follow these rules while working with clay
-Your clay form can not be completely closed, you must poke a small hole or create an opening to allow air to escape. For example if you are making a hollow sphere you will need to poke a hole with a toothpick or create a larger opening.
-Clay should not be thicker than 1 inch or thinner than ¼ inch. A consistent thickness will result in a more successful final product. Tip: create even pressure with the tips of you fingers when working with the clay.
-When attaching two separate pieces of clay, a rough surface must be made at the attachment points of both surfaces.
-Compress and push the clay together when making attachments. For example if you are adding an arm to a body you should use the tip of your wooden tool to scratch both areas where the arm will be attached. Tip: add a tiny dab of water or clay slurry to the clay surface to help combine the two attachments.
-Overworking your clay can cause cracking or pieces of clay to flake or fall off of your piece. To prolong the work-ability of your clay, you can add water to the surface, but don't add too much water it will weaken the clay. Tip: use a spray water bottle.
5. Have fun playing and building with clay!
-Find project ideas and tips in our ONLINE RESOURCES
-Once your creation is made you should allow the artwork to dry slowly. Tip: drape plastic over the form for a day.
-If you have purchased glaze paints you may add those colors at this stage. Please refer to these tips/suggestions.
-Clean up your work area and wash your hands when finished.
-Finished artwork must be returned to AA Clay Studio to be kiln-fired so it becomes hard and permanent.
-Carefully package/cushion your clay creation for transport to the studio. It will become more fragile as it dries!
-If you do not purchase glaze paints we will apply a white glaze to the finished artwork.
*Do not add or apply any material to the clay or clay surface other than what we provide you with.
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