Acrylic paints: green, red, yellow
Pearlcote™ pearl glaze by PLAID® (spray can)
Permanent gold marker (Pilot or Uchida)
Acrylic spray varnish
1. While clay is still wet, trim castings with cookie cutters as shown in both photos. Let castings dry. Sand rough edges smooth.2. To make twisted ring as shown in the example below of the Rose Napking Ring (found in our book The Art of Clay Casting):
Roll clay into long strings approx. 1/4" in diameter and 9" in length. 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 vboth 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 creates a better surface for gluing the casting to the ring. Attach casting to ring with tackiy glue and let dry.
6. Apply a coat of primer to entire ring (casting and rope) to seal it. Let dry.
7. Paint the details of the design with acrylic paint. Let dry.
8. Spray on a coat of Pearlcote™ pearl glaze which will tone down and mute the colors already applied. Let dry.
9. Draw the gold leaf shapes and dot designs with a gold marker.
10. Spray on a coat of varnish to entire napkin ring to seal.
Project designed and created by Sue Moore.
The Summer Harvest Plate project shown above 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.