315 Trout Pen Holder Project
#315 – Trout in a Stream Pen Holder
Clay Casting Project
A creative and unique gift for your trout fishing enthusiast!

Shown above:  #315 – Trout,    #264 – Dolphin
Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #315 – Trout
Clay - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white 
3 clay castings of #315 – Trout (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions) per Step 2 below.
Flour and brush
Small pebbles (from a stream or the seashore)
Watercolors (or acrylic paints): blue, brown, green-blue, red, black
Paper towels
Cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper or paper towels
Wax paper
Sandpaper or emery board
Acrylic spray varnish

Note:  It is very important that you work very quickly through Steps 1 – 13. If the clay dries out, it will crack when you wrap it around the tube.

1.  Roll out a slab of clay (piece #1) approx. 1/8" to 1/4" thick and 4 1/2" x 8 1/2". Trim off rough edges with a knife to form a rectangle approx. 4" x 8" in size.
2.  Apply flour to the rainbow trout stamp and the clay slab. Then press stamp on the slab so that the design is approx. 1" from the top edge and 1" from the left edge of the slab. Flour stamp again, and press twice more so that 3 designs are approx. 1/2" apart, leaving room for the side edges of the clay to overlap (see Step 12).
3.  Smooth out the ridges around the castings (see Step 4 of Basic Clay Casting Instructions).
4.  Because Step 2 will cause the shape of the slab to change, you will need to use your knife to re-cut the slab into the 4" x 8" rectangle.
5.  Press small pebbles into the clay at the bottom edge of the slab (refer to photo).
6.  Poke texture holes around the pebbles with a toothpick.
7.  Use a knife to trim the top of the slab with a curving line (approx. 1/2" above each trout) using the curve of the trout designs as a guide (refer to photo).
8.  Roll out another piece of clay (piece #2) for the base, shaped in a circle 3" in diameter and 1/8" to 1/4" thick.
9.  Cover toilet paper or paper towel tube with wax paper. Place the end of the covered tube in the middle of clay piece #2, so the tube is standing perpendicular to the clay.
10.  Moisten the part of piece #2 that extends beyond the edge of the tube.
11.  Wrap piece #1 around the tube so the bottom edge touches piece #2.
12.  Moisten the clay at the holder's side seam where the two ends of piece #1 overlap on the tube, and gently press them together.
13.  Trim off the excess clay around the base. With your fingers or a clay tool, press and smooth the clay together at the base seam (where sides and base come together).

14.  Remove tube. Allow project a day to dry completely.
15.  Sand rough edges and bottom of pen holder, so it will lie flat on a table.
16.  Paint the base and around and over the pebbles with a light brown watercolor wash (the pebbles will not be affected by the watercolor paints). Let dry.
17.  Paint the rest of the project (including the fish and inside) with a light blue wash (see Glossary). Let dry.
18.  Section-by-section, brush clean water onto the surface of the bubbles (part of the stamp design below the trout) and the lower section of the trouts' bodies. Immediately wipe the surface with a paper towel to wipe off most of the blue paint applied in Step 17. A small amount of light blue will remain.
19.  Use a fine-tipped brush and  green-blue color to paint over the trouts' upper bodies and fins.
20.  Use a very pale ink wash to paint a stripe of color across the mid-section of the trouts' bodies to give them the rainbow look. Put a tiny dot of black paint in the middle of the eyes. Let dry.
21.  Spray varnish entire project for strength and durability.

Note:  It is very important that you work very quickly through Steps 1 – 13. If the clay dries out, it will crack when you wrap it around the tube.

Project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR

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