by Kellie Robinson
Step 9: After you have run them through the pasta machine, apply the slices to your egg. Shape the slices to try and make them fit close to the other slices. Use a mix of slices from your bigger log and your smaller log.
Step 10: You can add little balls of clay into the spaces where your cane slices did not match up.
Step 11: Make sure you poke a hole in the clay where the blow hole is to allow the hot air to escape. The egg looks very ugly at this point, but it won't stay ugly for long!
Step 12: Use the handle of a tool, like a paintbrush or Clay Shaper, to smooth all the slices together. Try to get the egg as smooth as possible as this will help cut down on the sanding time later.
Step 13: Check the blow hole again, and make sure it is not blocked by any clay. Bake the egg on a layer of polyfill.
Step 14: While you egg is in the oven, make a little cone shaped piece of clay. This will be used to put in the blow hole on the egg.
Step 15: Take the egg out of the oven after baking for 15 minutes. While holding the egg with a potholder, quickly press your little cone of clay into the blow hole. This must be done while the egg is still hot.
Step 16: Press the cone of clay flat against the egg's surface, and make sure the blow hole is completely filled in. Put the egg back in the oven and continue to bake for another 15 minutes.
Step 17: Remove the egg from oven and allow to cool. Use a craft knife or tissue blade to trim the raised clay from the blow hole plug.
Step 18: Begin sanding your egg with the Wet/Dry sandpaper. Sand over a bowl of water in which you added a drop of liquid dish soap. Dip your egg and your sandpaper in the water frequently to keep them wet. Start with 400 grit, then move on to the 600, 800, 1000 and 1500 grits. After your egg is sanded smooth, buff it to a high shine.
Here are the eggs created with this lesson!
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