Make a clay mask by tracing and cutting a face shape out of a clay slab and adding the appropriate facial features. The length of this project varies depending on the level of detail you add to the mask. You need paper, a pencil, clay, slip, scoring and texture tools, stain, a sponge, a knife, and a kiln.Know More
Decide how you want your mask to look. Draw the shape of the mask on a sheet of paper. Draw the features – two eyes, a nose and a mouth – on another sheet of paper. Cut the shapes out.
Lay the template on a slab of clay. Use the knife to cut out the shapes.
Score the underside of the facial features with a crosshatch pattern using scoring tools, such as plastic utensils. This enables you to attach the features to the face. Apply a layer of slip to the bottom of the features, and gently press it into place. Use texture tools to apply decorative designs and lines in the mask.
Place the mask in a kiln, and fire it until the clay hardens. Apply the stain using a sponge. Make sure that the stain gets into all the crevices and lines. Allow the stain to dry.
Make a paper mask by drawing and cutting a face from a paper plate, adding wiggle eyes, drawing on a mouth, and adding some hair. Start with a white paper plate, tissue paper, wiggle eyes and scissors. Gather a pencil, glue, craft sticks and glitter glue for finishing touches.Full Answer >
Clay is hardened traditionally by firing it in a kiln, a special oven that heats clay from all sides at high temperatures simultaneously. However, there are also special formula clays available that self-harden without heat or that can be heated in an oven.Full Answer >
The temperature needed to bake and harden modeling clay can differ depending on the brand, but for most common consumer-grade brands, the temperature is between 200 and 300 F. Heavy-duty or industrial-grade clays can need upwards of 2,000 F.Full Answer >
Leather-hard clay is clay that has been partially dried and is finished shrinking. Leather-hard clay is still visibly damp, but it can be handled without deformation occurring. This is the stage when the clay can be carved or burnished or when decorative slips can be applied.Full Answer >