Sometimes someone else sees something that you don't. Yesterday my cousin shared this tutorial for marbled coasters with me. She reads my blog and she knows that I'm into that look right now. I had seen a similar marbled tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess so at first I didn't think much about it but then it hit me.
See, I was planning to make some pinch pots this week. And I kept putting it off and procrastinated enough that they probably weren't going to have time to dry before I needed them on Friday evening. This tutortial was perfect because not only is the look similar to several of my recent paintings but it only took about an hour to make four! Brilliant! So yeah! Thanks Joyce.
I followed the directions in those tutorials until I got to the part where you roll out the Sculpey with a rolling pin. At that point, I made it up as I went along and it worked out pretty well. So here's how I did it:
1. This morning I went to Michael's and bought Sculpey. It was on sale 5 for so many dollars so I bought five. [The trip to Michael's is not incuded in the 1 hour I approximate it took me to make these. :)]
2. I made little snakes, one of each color. I forgot to take a pic of this step so the photo you see below is the snakes I made after restarting on one that I poked a hole in the bottom. [Restarting a couple of times IS included in the 1 hour estimated time!] The cool thing about Sculpey and this project is it's pretty forgiving. If you mess up, ball it up, and start over.
3. I smooshed the snakes together and twisted them up.
4. Then I took the big twist and smashed it into a ball. On my first batch, I divided the ball in two and then smooshed again to get a softer, more marbled look.
5. I found a little bowl about the size that I wanted my pinch pot and put some water in it but then poured the water out. I was wanting something to help keep it from sticking. That worked pretty well but if you leave too much water in there then you get this suction thing going and it's really tough to get out.
6. I pushed and pinched the clay up against the sides. For a couple of the pots, I trimmed off the excess around the top edge with a knife. On the other two, I just pinched it off with my fingers. The knife gives it a chunkier look, the other way looks more delicate.
7. I eased them out of the bowl that I used to shape it. One of them didn't want to come out but I kinda like the way the edges on that one are loose and flopped over. Then put them in the oven for 15 minutes.
8. I let them cool for a bit. I wasn't going to put the gold on the edge but it was recommended in both tutorials and I already had the gold leaf. So I figured why not? It really gives them that finishing touch. I'm glad I did.
9. We have many, many of these little alligator plants so I planted those in each pots. I didn't know until just now that they are poisonous! On the plus side, they are super easy to take care of.
Overall it's a super easy project and fun to play around with the color and marbling. I'll put these in my booth this weekend just to break up the rows of paintings. If I have time, I'd like to make some larger ones, maybe with some orange tones.