Advanced Cutting And Carving In Clay.
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Clay
Xacto Blade
Sponge
Needle Tool
Clay
Xacto Blade
Sponge
Needle Tool
Lots Of Patience
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Gently smooth with a damp sponge.
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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!
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