Assorted Paintbrushes Cardboard or Parchment Paper Paper Towels Pencil Ribbon or String 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 a wavy square plaque shape. Once cut, remove and place excess clay aside.
TIP: Use your finger to smooth out edges with water.
3. Use your fingers and water to smooth and flatten down the center of the plaque so that the plaque border becomes raised.
4. Roll out excess clay flat - approximately 1/4" - 1/2" thick. Use excess clay to cut out a heart shape to fit in the center of the plaque.
5. To attach the heart shape to the plaque center, score cross-hatch grooves onto each joining surface. For example, score the underside of the heart and the plaque area on which the heart will be positioned. Once scored, apply a layer of watered down clay to each scored surface and attach the the pieces together. Once the heart is attached to the plaque shape, use your finger to blend the shapes together with water.
6. Use a cylinder shaped object like the eraser end of a pencil or an assortment of decorating tools to create texture accents on the heart, if desired.
7. Use the point of a pencil or wooden skewer to add holes to the top corners of the plaque.
8. Once clay is dry, use an assortment of Cover Coat paints to paint the project.
9. To create this project, paint the background area around the heart with 3 coats of Miami Pink. Paint the heart with 3 coats of Tomato Red. Paint the plaque border with 3 coats of Lake Blue.
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.
13. Post-firing, attach ribbon or string to create a hanging plaque!