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Evergreen Trees

Evergreen Trees

 

Materials Needed:

 

Preparing Your Clay

Roll out a:

1/4” thick slab for tree ornaments and/or 1” thick slab for stand alone trees.

Evergreen Trees

 

Evergreen Trees

 

The texture sheets may be used to create interesting patterns on the clay. Gently press the texture sheet into the clay with finger tips to make an imprint.

 

Evergreen Trees

 

Evergreen Trees

 

Step 1:

Tree Shape

Cover the slab of clay with plastic wrap. Firmly press down the tree cutter into the clay. Gently remove the excess clay from around the tree shape.

Evergreen Trees

 

Evergreen Trees

Cut out the desired amount of tree ornaments or stand alone trees.

 

Step 2:

Smooth

Use a metal rib tool to smooth out any rough edges.

Evergreen Trees

 

Step 3:

Hook

Use the end of a drinking straw to cut an opening to insert the ornament’s hook. Leave solid for the stand alone tree.

Evergreen Trees

 

Step 4:

Trunk

Gently indent the flat ended tool under the tree’s needles to form the tree’s trunk.

Evergreen Trees

 

Step 5:

Decorations

Embellish the tree with trimmings. Score and slip pieces on top of the tree shape. Add some extra clay on the top of the tree to create a star or a snow.

Evergreen Trees

 

Evergreen Trees

 

LEARN: This is called scoring and slipping. Scoring is scratching the edges of clay before joining them together. Slip is liquid clay used to join pieces of clay together like glue. You can make slip by mixing water and clay together in a dish. Do this scoring technique on all the parts that are put together. This will help keep the pieces from falling apart later when they dry.

 

Step 6:

Balance

Turn the stand up tree upward and wiggle it back and forth until it stands up on its own. Leave it standing during the drying process.

Evergreen Trees

 

Step 7:

Dry

Allow the clay to dry for 24 hours before painting.

 

Step 8:

Paint

Paint the tree and decorations.

Evergreen Trees

 

 

Step 9:

String

Insert the string into the hole at the top of the tree ornaments and knot the ends together.

Evergreen Trees

 

Evergreen Trees

 

Evergreen Trees

 

Evergreen Trees

 

Evergreen Trees

 

Evergreen Trees

 

Evergreen Trees
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