- 1. Something to cut with - cutter.
- 2.A work surface - a tile or glass
- 3.A medium size metal knitting needle
- 4.A regular oven
- 50 gram blocks that are scored into four sections. Using your clay blade, and being careful to point the very sharp edge down, cut one of the sections off of each block, and set aside the remaining pieces.
- When your clay is conditioned and ready to use, roll it briskly around the perimeters of your palms until you have a nice, smooth ball. It may take some practice to get it perfectly round, but the beauty of working with a solid color is that you can mush it up and start over as often as you like.
To make sure that the holes go all the way through from front to back, pick up your button from the work surface and re-poke the holes, this time from the back of the button.
You now have a new pile of scrap clay, made up of the remaining slab, and the two messy ends that you cut off of the snake. Take all of these scraps and repeat the process: form thick snake, twist into stripes, roll out thin & long, coil it, flatten into slab.
Again, cover the slab with plastic wrap and cut out some more buttons. These will be similar to the first, but the striping on them is likely to be somewhat tighter, and you will begin seeing more secondary colors as the original clays combine with each other.