Ceramic chopstick rest
- WHITE NON-FIRING CLAY
- CERAMIC paint in white 10 / pink 34 / green 37
- A butterfly cookie cutter and an image to inspire you when you draw the wings
- A rolling pin and 2 sticks of 4 to 5 mm in diameter
- A sharp knife
- A fine sponge (such as a makeup sponge)
- A piece of fine sandpaper
- Two sticks (or pencils or twigs) of 8 mm in diameter
1 hour to cut the clay / 24 hours minimum for drying / 3 hours to paint the different colours / 10 hours for the paint to dry completely / 1⁄2 hour to paint the back / 10 hours for the paint to dry completely
- Cut a slice of about 1 cm from the block of WHITE NON-FIRING CLAY.
- Roll it out between the two thin sticks of 5 mm in diameter (these will serve as a template to obtain an even thickness). Cut out the butterflies.
- Using the moistened sponge, clean and round off the edges, and remove any traces left on the wings.
- Leave the butterflies to dry, supporting the shape on the 8 mm sticks: The centre of the butterfly must be in contact with your surface while the wings are supported by the sticks.
- Leave to dry for at least 24 hours.
- When the butterflies have dried completely, sand them lightly to even out the surface. Dust and clean using the damp sponge.
- Create a template for the wings to plan your colour use, either freehand or using the help of tracing paper.
- Paint the wings with CERAMIC paint.
- Prepare your colour mixtures using the white to lighten the pink and green and create different shades.
- Start with the white, then the light pink, then the darker pink. Leave to dry for 2 hours before adding the edges and the green dots as finishing touches. Leave to dry for 10 hours.
- Then paint the edges and the back, and let dry again for a further 10 hours.