*Note: Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions), although the plate would need several coats of varnish to completely seal the castings for protection from moisture.
1. While clay is still wet, use a knife to trim close to the designs.
2. Apply wet castings to wood plate (refer to photo) following the application instructions for working on unfinished wood (below**). Let dry for at least 24 hours (may take longer in moist climates).
3. Spray on a coat of primer and let dry.
4. Spray on a coat of white paint and let dry.
5. Using a fine-tipped brush, decorate the fruit designs with the green, purple, yellow, and red paint (refer to photo).
6. Using a fine-tipped brush, outline the fruit designs with gold paint.
7. Spray on a coat of Pearlcote™ pearl glaze to mute the colors.
8. Draw the gold leaf shapes and dot designs with a gold marker.
9. Spray on a coat of varnish to entire plate to seal.
Note: This plate should not be submersed in water. Wipe surface with a soft cloth, warm water, and mild soap. We recommend using a paper doily to cover the surface when serving food.
**Applying castings to unfinished wood:
1. Before you apply any clay castings to unfinished wood, make sure the wood surface for your project is finely sanded.
2. Use the Rolling-Pin Method (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions) to create your castings (***because they will have a flat back and adhere well. The Pressed-Ball Method leaves a more uneven surface). Do not allow the castings to dry before applying them to the wood.
3. Apply wet castings to the wood by dabbing a few drops of water on the wood and the back of the casting. Then put the casting on the wood and press lightly on the design to make sure it bonds to the wood.
4. If you want a well-defined edge around the casting, careflly trim around the design without cutting into the surface of the wood.
If you prefer a blended edge on your casting, press the soft edges of your casting with the rounded end of a paint brush, a blunt tool, or your finger, sloping the edges down to the wood. Dab water on the edge of the design if it resists blending.
Use a wet paint brush to smooth the area between the clay and the wood. Let dry.
Note: Be careful not to leave a lot of water on the wood. You will probably need to allow a day or 2 for this type of project to dry.
5. After the clay is dry, sand the rough edges of the castings.