Assorted Paintbrushes Bowl Cardboard or Parchment Paper Paper Towels Water Wooden Skewer
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1. Cut and roll out a slab of clay approximately 1/2" thick onto a sheet of cardboard or parchment paper.
2. Use an angled modeling tool - such as a wooden skewer - to cut out the bee body shape. Once cut, remove and place excess clay aside.
TIP: Use your finger to smooth out edges with water.
3. Use the wooden skewer to etch stripes across the lower body area.
4. Roll out excess clay flat - approximately 1/4" - 1/2" thick. Use excess clay to cut out 2 wing shapes.
5. To attach the wings to the body, score cross-hatch grooves onto each joining surface. For example, score the underside of one wing and the body area on which the wing will be positioned. Once scored, apply a layer of watered down clay to each scored surface and attach the the pieces together. Once each wing is attached to the body, use your finger to blend the shapes together with water.
6. Use the wooden skewer to etch a large swirl design on each wing.
7. Once the clay project shape has been created, position project inside a bowl.
8. Once clay is dry, use an assortment of Cover Coat paints to paint the project.
9. To create this project, paint each wing with 3 coats of Ivory Pearl. Paint the bee's head with 3 coats of Cobalt Crystal Black. Paint the stripes on the bee body using 3 coats each of Harvest Gold and Cobalt Crystal Black. Accent project as desired.
10. Allow project to dry completely for 5-7 days, or until clay is no longer cool to the touch.
11. Fire the completed project to cone 04.
12. Once fired, dip project in Pure Brilliance and fire to cone 06.