Clay

Marbled Clay Eggs

By  Patricia Kimle  for  Polyform Products

size: 2-1/2"

  • Marbled Clay Eggs
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Materials

  • Wooden eggs or empty eggshells
  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Ultramarine Blue, Fuchsia, Gold, Silver, Purple, Turquoise, Alizarin Crimson, Pearl

Tools

  • Clay pasta machine
  • Clay blade

Basic Supplies

  • cotton cloth
  • 1. For eggshell, roll 1/4 package of scrap clay into medium thick sheet. Cut strip from clay sheet to cover 2/3 of egg middle. Wrap strip around egg, stretching around fullest point of egg. Choose circle cutters that best match the top and bottom spaces of egg. Cut circles from clay sheet and fit onto top and bottom of egg. Trim excess or stretch gently to fit. Pierce air hole where egg contents were removed. Blend seams and bake following manufacturer's instructions; let cool completely.

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  • 2. For wooden egg, coat egg surface with thick layer of white craft adhesive. Let dry completely.
  • 3. Choose color combination for egg. Mix (1:4) mixture of Pearl + Alizarin Crimson and (1:4) mixture of Pearl + Ultramarine Blue. Create Skinner-blended clay sheet using four clay colors of choice. Arrange clay sheets in triangles to form rectangle as shown. Fold rectangle top to bottom and run through pasta machine with folded edge first on thickest setting. Continue folding and rolling until sheet is evenly blended. Do not rotate sheet or fold in opposite direction.

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  • 4. Cut Skinner-blended clay sheet horizontally into three equal pieces. Stack pieces slightly offset. Fold ends back to create stack with even edges.

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  • 5. Roll sheet through pasta machine. Cut in two equal pieces, stack and run through pasta machine again. Reduce sheet to 2mm thick.
  • 6. Cut 2mm thick strips from clay sheet. Form first strip into spiral with cut edges facing up. Place spiral at egg top and press gently to adhere. Add second strip, matching end colors of strips to each other. Continue coiling strips until entire egg is covered. If desired, use two parallel strips on wider part of egg. Return to single strips toward bottom of egg. Fit last strip tightly coiled to fill in entire egg space. If using empty eggshell, pierce air hole again.

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  • 7. Roll across egg surface with acrylic rod to blend seams together. Roll egg in palms of hand to smooth any apparent lumps.

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  • 8. Bake according to manufacturer's instructions; let cool completely. Sand surface with 320-grit sandpaper until smooth. Proceed with 400-grit paper, then 600 and 800. Buff surface lightly with cotton cloth or polish with a buffing wheel if desired.

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