1. While clay is still wet, cut out casting using a sharp knife (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions). Let dry.
2. Paint one coat of Rub 'n Buff green on entire casting and let dry
3. Paint just top edges of design with bronze, so green background still shows (see closeup photo).
4. Optional: Apply a coat of varnish to the casting. Let dry.
5. Optional: Glue magnet to back, or attach a hanger to make an ornament.
PAPER CASTING INSTRUCTIONS
1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #402 – Celtic Cross Cotton linter - (see Rycraft Cotton Linter)
1 paper casting* - #402 – Celtic Cross (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions) Acrylic varnish Acrylic paints (optional): burnt umber, dark brown and metallic gold for burnt casting; pale aqua and silver for white casting; and pale green and metallic gold for spice casting. Optional: spices of your choice to color pulp to a light tan color (see bottom photo)
1. Make paper casting (either white or color it darker using spices).
2. When paper casting is dry, apply a light coat of varnish to seal the casting from moisture (so it will not swell and lose the design when paint is applied). Optional: Apply a light 2nd coat of varnish and let dry.
3. For the effects shown below: Top photo: Apply a coat of burnt umber to entire casting and let dry. Use a flame to burn the edges of the casting. Then apply gold paint to the top edges of the design and let dry. Optional: Apply dark brown paint to the edges of the casting to enhance the burnt effect.
Middle photo: Apply pale aqua paint to background of cross design only and let dry. Then apply silver paint to the top edges of the design and let dry.
Bottom photo: Apply pale green paint to background of cross design only and let dry. Then apply gold paint to the top edges of the design and let dry.
4. Apply a light coat of spray varnish to seal in paint. Let dry.
5. Optional: Apply a 2nd coat of varnish if desired for more sturdiness. Let dry.