Clay

Filigree Wall Pocket

By  Amy Koranek  for  Polyform Products

size: 10" tall

  • Filigree Wall Pocket

Materials

  • Metal wall pocket
  • Studio by Sculpey Clay: Butterscotch, 1 pkg.

Tools

  • Studio accessories: Bake ‘n Bond; Style and Detail Tools; Clay Knife
  • Clay-dedicated items: parchment-lined baking sheet; acrylic brayer or pasta machine
  • Super Glue Gel
  • Oven

Abbreviations

T/T: a rope that is tapered on both ends
T/CR: a rope that is tapered on one end and curled on the other
T/CB: a rope that is tapered on one end and clubbed on the other. In addition to ropes, you will make comma shapes which are shorter versions of the T/CB.

  • 1. Follow manufacturer's instructions to condition two blocks of Butterscotch clay and shape a 6-1/2"-long T/T rope. Position this piece in a gentle reverse "S" creating the main vein. Condition one clay block; shape 4"-long T/CR rope, and attach tapered end to main vein at bend. Condition one clay block; shape 3"-long T/CR rope; attach tapered end to main vein near base. (Note: To attach clay pieces, gently pinch joints together or smooth joints with flat chisel end of Style and Detail tool.)
  • 2. Condition four clay blocks separately. Make: two large commas from two blocks; T/CL rope from one block; T/CR rope from remaining block. Position pieces as shown.
  • 3. Divide two clay blocks in half and condition each piece separately to make four medium commas. Position pieces as shown.
  • 4. Divide two blocks of clay into thirds and condition each piece separately to make six medium commas. Position pieces into flower as shown.
  • 5. Divide two blocks of clay into quarters and condition each piece separately to make eight small commas. Set one comma aside for Step 6. Position remaining commas as shown.
  • 6. Divide two blocks of Butterscotch into eighths and condition each piece separately to make 16 tiny commas. Divide remaining comma from Step 5 in half for an additional tiny comma and ball for flower center. Position clay pieces as shown.
  • 7. Use 12mm ball tool to indent end of all large commas and clubs, and flower center.
  • 8. Roll 12mm ball out from each indent, gently blending it into comma or club shape.
  • 9. Use smaller pointed chisel end to smooth long seams between ropes to make them look like one piece.
  • 10. Use smaller pointed chisel end to indent small and tiny comma shapes.
  • 11. Use blunt point tool to indent repeating pattern along sides of ropes.
  • 12. Bake filigree design on metal wall pocket so it matches shape of pocket exactly. Bake at 275°F for 30 minutes. When completely cool, gently lift design and glue to wall pocket.
  • More
  • 1. Use same technique to create coordinating pencil holder in photo or other accessories.