Cut off a piece of clay, knead it and begin to shape it.
Make a vase starting from a lump of clay. Use a tool to scoop out the middle and then shape the vase by pressing and pulling outwards.
Use your finger to apply a little water if the clay dries out while you’re working. You can try using a banding wheel to shape the clay, so that you can easily spin your sculptures while working.
Dig out the inside from underneath a bit if you’re making slightly bigger figures. This way, the clay will dry easier and faster.
Let your figures and creations dry completely when you’re done. Place them on some kind of grate so that air comes in from underneath, to help the clay dry a little faster. It is important for the clay to be completely dry before you begin to paint the figures.
Paint your work with Hobbylack in different colours. If you want a dripping effect, you can mix the Hobbylack with a little water. Remember that the clay will become wet again and will need to dry a little more if you want to varnish the figure, too.
You can varnish with Oceanlack if you want a slightly more durable result.
Clay is a wonderful material for getting creative. With just a little kneading and shaping, you can transform a lump of clay into a work of art! Shape it freely and see what kind of imaginative still life you can make. The beauty lies in the fact that it doesn’t have to be symmetrical or even. The air-drying clay is pliable and ceramic-like to work with and hardens by itself after a few days. The clay is not waterproof, so if you’re making vases, you should only use them with dried flowers and plants.