Jim here, welcome back to Make Do Learn. Did you know that you can mix different kinds of clays together? Today I’ll show
you how to make marbled clay so get ready. Form the clay into a block to get
it started. For this video I’m using a porcelaineous stoneware that has a little bit of grit to it for strength. I’m also using a terra cotta clay which
is smooth and stretchable. Doesn’t matter what the clays are as long as the same
firing temperature. Cut the clay using a wire tool or a string; it doesn’t matter.
Uneven pieces will only make the marbling more interesting. As long as you
have the same amount of pieces for each block that’s all the matters. Build a
sandwich by all alternating clays for each layer. There’s a lot of ways you can do
this but all that’s important is that you roll the clay on as you pat it
down. That reduces the chance of air bubbles. Compress and form the clay into
a block by dropping it on the table and rotating. With a quick preview here you
can see that we already have some minimal marbling happening but we’re
gonna push it a little farther. I cut all four sides off before moving on. So now we’re going throw out a slab to stretch and compress this clay. We drop it on an
angle so it hits the table, like doing the worm, and stretches out.
Every few throws you man to reform it to keep it in check. We started with 16 layers. If we
stack them now we have 32. Repeat the same process of stretching and thinning
out the slab. I cut it into thirds this time to get more layers. Check out that
beautiful marbling. Stack each piece and form it into a block. As you can see we
already have some beautiful marbling on four sides but the top and the bottom are a little simple. So I have one more trick to show you. Along one of
the marbled sides, cut through the clay diagonally with the wire tool like so.
Move one of the halves to but the bottom and top together. This will give you
quality marbling and all six sides. Take a wet sponge and a scoring tool or a
fork and score both pieces before pressing them back together. Now this is 96 layers. Any more than that and the clay start to blend together but feel free to
experiment with however many layers you want. “There you have it.
Marbled Clay Part 1. Now you can use marbled clay for pottery, for sculpture,
for pretty much anything. The possibilities, like the wheel, are endless. If you
have any questions or feedback drop them in the comment section below and if you
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Jim and don’t forget to Make Do Learn whenever possible.