1. While clay is still wet, use cookie cutter to cut out 1 casting. Trim the other 3 castings close to the design.
2. Let all castings dry. Sand any rough edges smooth.
3. Apply a coat of primer to both sides of the 4 castings and let dry.
4. Paint 4 castings (paint cut-out dolphins on both sides) and let dry.
5. Glue castings together as shown in photo.
6. Apply a coat of Pearlcote™ pearl glaze to assembled casting on both sides. This will tone down and mute the paint colors applied in Step 4.
7. Prepare the box by sanding it smooth and applying a coat of primer. Let dry.
8. Paint box with a wash (see Glossary) to achieve a weathered look. This may take two or three coats.
9. Glue the assembled casting to the box.
10. Optional: Stenil a simple design around the sides of the box.
Project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR
This clay casting project is featured along with dozens of others
in our book The Art of Clay Casting, which includes basic paper casting
instructions, techniques for special effects, and a glossary of terms.