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by Kellie Robinson

Kyle's Egg - Click for a Larger View This lesson was inspired by Kyle Savastano. Over a year ago, Kyle's mom Claire Savastano posted Kyle's beautiful egg (picture, right - click for a larger view) on the PCC Message Board. Kyle was only 5 years old when he made this egg. He went to a guild meeting with his mom when she was doing a demo on both mica shift and covering eggs. Claire gave him all her gold scraps, which he proceeded to mush and smoosh as only a 5 year old could, and then placed them on the egg. Claire smoothed the egg, baked it and sanded it. Kyle had put seed beads in it, and he uses it as a shaker rattle when he's playing music with his Dad. For the last year, I haven't been able to get Kyle's egg off my mind, and I played around trying to recreate the effect. This lesson is the result of those experiments. Kyle is 7 years old now, and I look forward to seeing more of his work!

Supplies:

  • Premo Metallic Clay (Copper mixed with a little black was used for this lesson)
  • Pasta Machine
  • Tissue Blade/craft knife
  • Blown out Egg
  • Small Glass Beads
  • Clay Shaper or paint brush with round handle
  • Wet/Dry Sandpaper
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Step 1 Step 1: Condition your clay, and roll it out into a sheet. Line up the mica particles in your clay by folding the sheet of clay in half and running it through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. Fold it again, and run it through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. After repeating this about 10 times, you will have a nice shiney sheet of clay.
Step 2


Step 2: Run this sheet of clay through the pasta machine on progressivley thinner settings until you get to setting #4.
Step 3


Step 3: Roll this sheet of clay up into a log...
Step 4


Step 4: Roll the log to smooth out the surface.
Step 5
Step 5: Slice the log in half, and reduce one of the halves. The sizes of these logs are really not that important - "random" is what we are aiming for! Notice that when you cut a slice off these logs, the center will be dark, and the outside edge of the clay will be bright and shiny.
Step 6


Step 6: Insert some glass beads into the blow hole of your egg.

Step 7


Step 7: Cut some slices off the ends of both of your logs of clay. Make some of the slices thin, and some of the slices thick.
Step 8

Step 8: Squish or fold some of your slices, and then run the slice through the pasta machine on setting #3. Fold them in different ways, so you can get random effects when you run the slices through the pasta machine.

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