How to Make Marbled Clay

How to Make Marbled Clay

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
like the video hit the like or subscribe button for future videos. I’m
Jim and don’t forget to Make Do Learn whenever possible.

17 thoughts on “How to Make Marbled Clay

  1. Hi Jim, Thanks for posting this tutorial. Sort of off topic question but, could you tell me about the table you use? Is it just pine boards or is it covered with something to prevent the board seams from translating into your clay?

  2. kudos. you not only have great videos, you answer viewers questions. I’ll never understand why some people put out a video with no information about what they did or used and then get questions which sit unanswered for years. I’m familiar with a lot of your techniques from polymer clay, but you do terrific videos which are quick, informative and interesting, and you answer questions too. I really appreciate the videos which give the percentage of mason stains to add to clay and show the results when glazed. Thanks.

  3. Is there anywhere that we can look at your finished pieces? I have watched several of your videos, and I never see the finished piece. It would be great to just get a chance to see it after it's been fired. Thanks.

  4. Hi Jim, do you think I could do this with polymer clay? Of course, it would be much smaller than the piece you are working with here! Very nice marbling/wood grain!

  5. Great showcase! I was wondering if this works with air dry clay too since I’m pretty desperate as it is apart of my school project

  6. Thanks for the video! Do you know if it is ok to use two different clays if their shrinkage rates are a lil bit different?

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