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Project #80

Time: 2 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Self-Hardening Clay
Fettling Knife
Pottery Tools
Roylco Leaf Texture Rubbing Plates
Mayco Magic Metallic Paints & Patinas
Paint Atomizer or Empty Spray Bottle
Cord or Wire
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Use self-hardening clay, texture rubbing plates and metallic paints to create your own leaf collage. This project also has an instructional video available!


  • Step 1
    Using 1 lb. of Stonex Clay per project, roll out a ΒΌ" thick sheet. Press a rubbing plate into the clay (the back of the plate makes a raised design).
  • Step 2
    Cut out a leaf with the fettling knife. Repeat Steps 1 & 2 two more times.
  • Step 3
    With remaining clay roll out an abstract base piece. Attach leaves, making sure that students score seams properly before joining them together.
  • Step 4
    Clean up the sculpture, taking care to smooth edges. Add additional details with clay tools.
  • Step 5
    While clay is still moist, use a tool to cut two holes into the back of the base for hanging purposes. Allow sculpture to dry completely.
  • Step 6
    Paint sculpture with Magic Metallics set, applying a different color on each leaf and the base. While the paint is still wet, spray on included patinas to create realistic-looking metallic finishes. To complete the project, insert and knot cord into holes in the base (wire may also be used).

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