This simple techniques uses several colors of clay. These can be fresh out of the package, or scraps you have accumulated over time. These are tools you will need.
- Pasta Machine
- Tissue Blade
- Acrylic Roller
First, choose some colors of clay you would like to use. I have chosen some scraps that I think would good together.
After conditioning each piece and running them through the pasta machine on the thickest setting, you are going to stack each piece on top of each other. There is no specific order, but try to stack contrasting colors. Dark on light, bright on dull. This will make for a more interesting pattern.
Next you will roll out the stack with your acrylic roller to about 1/2 of the original thickness. Cut this in half and stack the two pieces on top of each other. Do not change direction of the stripes, just stack one piece on top of the other.
Repeat this process again so you have four layers of the original stack. That is, roll the stack, cut in half, stack the two on top of each other.
Now you are going to squish the stack into a log and twist to get striations running through the log. This will create the stripes when you roll it flat.
Twist until you happy with the look. Don’t twist so much that your stripes are super tiny. The roll may start to get a muddy look. Roll out your log with the roller, going in the same direction as the stripes.
Run this through the pasta machine in the direction of the stripes.
I have cut the sheet in half to show two variations on this technique,
With one half of the sheet I am going to use my tissue blade to cut diagonally on the sheet. You can cut the slices as wide as you like, I am cutting about 1/4″ each time. Use the blade to keep the slice straight and lay it on your work surface. With the next slice, turn it over to reverse the direction of the stripe. Butt it up against the first slice. You can try to match up colors or stripes or just place them randomly.
This is an example of my diagonal pattern. Once you are finished, you can roll the sheet out a little thinner.
This next variation is done by cutting the sheet across the stripes and offsetting each piece. this will create a cool pattern.
I like to offset a few pieces to the left, then reverse the direction.
Here are the two sheets side by side. Both are interesting patterns that can be used for all kinds of things.
I am going to make a pendant from each sheet. I rolled out some black clay for the backs of the pendants. I then textured the clay with a brillo type pad. I placed the textured side down on my surface and placed the sheet over it.
Using a circle cutter, I cut out pendants.
Here are two examples using this cool geometric technique! Have fun with this and leave your comments or questions below!