1. While clay is still wet, trim castings with cookie cutters as shown. Let castings dry. Sand rough edges smooth.
2. Roll clay into long strings approx. 1/4" in diameter and 9" in length. You will need 2 strings to make 1 rope for each napkin ring. Spray a thin film of water on the clay strings to prevent them from cracking during Step 3.
3. To make the clay rope, join two strings by pressing the top ends of the clay strings together. Then gently twist the strings to form a double rope. Secure the other end of the rope by pressing the bottom ends of the clay strings together.
4. Trim the double rope down to 7" by pinching off both ends with your fingers. Overlap the ends slightly, and press them together.
5. When dry, lightly sand the top part of the rope ring to flatten it. This ceates a better surface for gluing the casting to the ring. Attach casting to ring with tacky glue or hot glue and let dry.
6. Apply a coat of primer to entire ring (casting and rope) to seal it. Let dry. Follow up with a coat of acrylic paint and let dry.
7. Paint the details of the flower design with acrylic paints, one color at a time. Let dry between coats so colors won't run together.
8. Apply a coat of Pearlcote™ pearl glaze which will tone down and mute the colors already applied. Let dry.
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.
Napkin rings designed and created by Sue Moore. Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR