AUTOPLAY
Advanced Cutting And Carving In Clay.
19 steps
What you’ll need
Clay
Lots Of Patience
Xacto Blade
Needle Tool
Sponge
Using a pointed tool, lightly carve a design onto leather hard clay.
1. Using a pointed tool, lightly carve a design onto leather hard clay.
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Easily erase by using the back of your nail, a sponge, or even the back of a spoon.
2. Easily erase by using the back of your nail, a sponge, or even the back of a spoon.
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When designing, draw the lines you are going to keep, the inside shapes will be cut away.
3. When designing, draw the lines you are going to keep, the inside shapes will be cut away.
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Create with the idea that the remaining clay has to support itself. Connect most/all of your lines.
4. Create with the idea that the remaining clay has to support itself. Connect most/all of your lines.
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Ready to cut? Press blade straight through, starting with the tip. Slowly guide to corner of cut.
5. Ready to cut? Press blade straight through, starting with the tip. Slowly guide to corner of cut.
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Change the direction of the blade as needed to get the cleanest lines.
6. Change the direction of the blade as needed to get the cleanest lines.
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Cut around the vessel starting towards the top. Be gentle but firm with pressure.
7. Cut around the vessel starting towards the top. Be gentle but firm with pressure.
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you may need to drag blade gently through a few times instead of pushing all the way on first cut.
8. you may need to drag blade gently through a few times instead of pushing all the way on first cut.
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Thickness and moisture of clay will make a huge difference in how much resistance there is.
9. Thickness and moisture of clay will make a huge difference in how much resistance there is.
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If clay feels to dry, spray/sponge lightly. Do this often at the top of piece so it doesn’t dry out.
10. If clay feels to dry, spray/sponge lightly. Do this often at the top of piece so it doesn’t dry out.
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It’s best to cut while clay is fairly moist, and leave pieces in for extra support and stability.
11. It’s best to cut while clay is fairly moist, and leave pieces in for extra support and stability.
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With the tip of blade gently pry out cut pieces. Start at top/In driest areas.
12. With the tip of blade gently pry out cut pieces. Start at top/In driest areas.
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You may need to recut and smooth as you go, as pieces can get stuck.
13. You may need to recut and smooth as you go, as pieces can get stuck.
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If a piece doesn’t pop out easily, recut and wait for it to dry more before prying it out.
14. If a piece doesn’t pop out easily, recut and wait for it to dry more before prying it out.
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Once pieces are out, smooth the inside edges with the side of a needle tool.
15. Once pieces are out, smooth the inside edges with the side of a needle tool.
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Add layers, and dimension by carefully shaving off the top of a section.
16. Add layers, and dimension by carefully shaving off the top of a section.
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Gently smooth with a damp sponge.
17. Gently smooth with a damp sponge.
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Refine by smoothing, shaving, and clearing out the crevices of all debris.
18. Refine by smoothing, shaving, and clearing out the crevices of all debris.
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This is a long and painstaking process of trial and error but the results are totally worth it!
19. This is a long and painstaking process of trial and error but the results are totally worth it!
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