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by Kellie Robinson
This lesson was inspired by Kyle Savastano. Over a year ago, Kyle's mom Claire Savastano posted Kyle's beautiful egg (picture, right - click for a larger view) on the PCC Message Board. Kyle was only 5 years old
when he made this egg. He went to a guild meeting with his mom when
she was doing a demo on both mica shift and covering eggs. Claire gave
him all her gold scraps, which he proceeded to mush and smoosh as only a
5 year old could, and then placed them on the egg. Claire smoothed the
egg, baked it and sanded it. Kyle had put seed beads in it, and he
uses it as a shaker rattle when he's playing music with his Dad. For
the last year, I haven't been able to get Kyle's egg off my mind, and I
played around trying to recreate the effect. This lesson is the result
of those experiments. Kyle is 7 years old now, and I look forward to
seeing more of his work!
- Premo Metallic Clay (Copper mixed with a little black was used for this lesson)
- Pasta Machine
- Tissue Blade/craft knife
- Blown out Egg
- Small Glass Beads
- Clay Shaper or paint brush with round handle
- Wet/Dry Sandpaper
Click Pictures for a Larger View
Step 1: Condition your clay, and roll it out into a sheet. Line
up the mica particles in your clay by folding the sheet of clay in half
and running it through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. Fold
it again, and run it through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.
After repeating this about 10 times, you will have a nice shiney sheet
Step 2: Run this sheet of clay through the pasta machine on progressivley thinner settings until you get to setting #4.
Step 3: Roll this sheet of clay up into a log...
Step 4: Roll the log to smooth out the surface.
Step 5: Slice the log in half, and reduce one of the halves. The
sizes of these logs are really not that important - "random" is what we
are aiming for! Notice that when you cut a slice off these logs, the
center will be dark, and the outside edge of the clay will be bright
Step 6: Insert some glass beads into the blow hole of your egg.
Step 7: Cut some slices off the ends of both of your logs of clay. Make some of the slices thin, and some of the slices thick.
Step 8: Squish or fold some of your slices, and then run the
slice through the pasta machine on setting #3. Fold them in different
ways, so you can get random effects when you run the slices through the
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Step 9: After you have run them through the pasta machine, apply
the slices to your egg. Shape the slices to try and make them fit close
to the other slices. Use a mix of slices from your bigger log and your
Step 10: You can add little balls of clay into the spaces where your cane slices did not match up.
Step 11: Make sure you poke a hole in the clay where the blow
hole is to allow the hot air to escape. The egg looks very ugly at this
point, but it won't stay ugly for long!
Step 12: Use the handle of a tool, like a paintbrush or Clay
Shaper, to smooth all the slices together. Try to get the egg as smooth
as possible as this will help cut down on the sanding time later.
Step 13: Check the blow hole again, and make sure it is not blocked by any clay. Bake the egg on a layer of polyfill.
Step 14: While you egg is in the oven, make a little cone shaped piece of clay. This will be used to put in the blow hole on the egg.
Step 15: Take the egg out of the oven after baking for 15
minutes. While holding the egg with a potholder, quickly press your
little cone of clay into the blow hole. This must be done while the egg
is still hot.
Step 16: Press the cone of clay flat against the egg's surface,
and make sure the blow hole is completely filled in. Put the egg back
in the oven and continue to bake for another 15 minutes.
Step 17: Remove the egg from oven and allow to cool. Use a craft
knife or tissue blade to trim the raised clay from the blow hole plug.
Step 18: Begin sanding your egg with the Wet/Dry sandpaper. Sand
over a bowl of water in which you added a drop of liquid dish soap.
Dip your egg and your sandpaper in the water frequently to keep them
wet. Start with 400 grit, then move on to the 600, 800, 1000 and 1500
grits. After your egg is sanded smooth, buff it to a high shine.
Here are the eggs created with this lesson!
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