Clay

Chevron Clay Coasters

By  Gretchen Amberg  for  Polyform Products

size: 4" diameter

  • Chevron Clay Coasters
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Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Soufflé Clay: Cherry Pie, Mai Tai, Canary, Igloo
  • Cork sheet, 3/32” thickness

Tools

  • Clay conditioning machine
  • Polyform Sculpey Tools: Super Slicer, Acrylic Roller, Diamonds Graduated Metal Cutters
  • Circle cutter, 4” diameter
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • ruler, white scrap paper, coarse sea salt, old toothbrush or sponge, baby wipes, parchment-lined baking sheet and oven, craft mat or wax paper
  • 1. Condition half packages of Cherry Pie and Mai Tai separately on medium setting in clay conditioning machine. Condition half packages each of Cherry Pie and Mai Tai together on medium setting. Repeat to roll Mai Tai/Canary and Canary/Igloo. Roll each clay into sheet creating five colors.

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  • 2. Working on craft mat, condition Igloo clay. Cut out 5"x5" square; set on scrap paper. Press circle cutter into clay square leaving imprint on paper.
  • 3. Begin cutting 1" diamonds from Cherry Pie clay. Position first diamond at edge of circle, with point at center and widest part at edge. Add three more diamonds to create one larger diamond aligning edges. Add "border" at top using Cherry Pie/Mai Tai diamonds, one diamond thick. Continue adding borders at top: Mai Tai, Mai Tai/Canary, Canary/Igloo.

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  • 4. Fill pattern with additional diamonds until circle is completely covered. Smooth surface with acrylic roller.

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  • 5. Position circle cutter on clay diamonds; do not press. Sprinkle small amount of sea salt over clay. Remove cutter; gently press salt into clay surface using acrylic roller. Cut out circle; remove excess clay. Position clay circle with scrap paper on baking sheet. Follow manufacturer's instructions to bake in oven. Let cool.

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  • 6. Soak cooled coaster in dish of warm water for 10-15 minutes. Remove softened salt from surface with toothbrush or sponge while holding coaster under warm running water. (Note: If salt still remains, soak coaster for a while longer.) When salt is removed, rinse and dry coaster.
  • 7. Apply gold paint to coaster and spread across surface with fingers. Push paint into gaps and salt craters. Remove excess paint from raised surface with baby wipes, leaving paint in cracks and crevices. Bake coaster in oven; let cool.

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  • 8. Position circle cutter on cork sheet; trace around inside of cutter. Cut out circle, trimming inside traced line. Apply craft glue to cork circle; press onto bottom of clay circle. Position coaster, with cork side down, on work surface. Cover with scrap paper and weight top. Let glue set.
  • Tip
  • 1. If using a clay conditioning machine, run clay through machine on widest setting. After each pass, fold clay in half and insert folded side into rollers first.