This is the first cutoff piece placed on the stack to use as a template.

This is what it looks like as you cut and stack.

This is what your stack may look like when you're finished cutting (click picture for a larger view).

Now we're going to reduce this cane by pressing down on it and at te same time lengthening the block of clay.

Once the stack is reduced to about 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" by 6", cut it in half and stack one half on top of the other half.

Here's a side view of the two stacked halves.

Reduce and stretch the stack out again, and cut it in half again.

This is what the stack looks like after the second "cut and stack" (click picture for a larger view).

Stand the stack on end like so... with the stripes of different colors going all the way around.

Now, take the Ripple Blade and cut down through the stripes as shown (click the picture for a larger view).

This is what it looks like when you cut through the block of sheets (click picture for a larger view).

The fun thing about this technique is that every time you cut through the block you get wonderful variations.

Now we're going to roll the ripples out of the clay sheets that we just cut off. Place the clay sheet into the Pasta machine with the ripples goong vertically. Roll through at the thickest setting.

Now place the clay sheet into the Pasta machine with the ripples going in horizontally. Turn your thickness down one setting and roll the clay through.

Now turn your Pasta machine thickness down one setting again, and roll the ripples through vertically. What we are doing here is spreading the sheet of clay out and keeping it clear in pattern.

Turn down the thickness again on your Pasta machine and roll the clay through again with the ripples horizontal.

This is what your sheet will look like when you are finished spreading it!! These sheets can be used to cover things, and you can also bake them and cut them up into designs, and embed them into soft clay for a mosaic look.

This is the reverse side of the previous sheet (click picture for a larger view).

Here's another block using different color variations
(click picture for a larger view).

Text and Pictures © 2001 by Marie Segal

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