Carving Block Instructions
by Aberose™

Item# freecbi

Product Description

See the "Whimsey" project for a list of supplies for both carving and epoxying.

First design each PMC3 piece 12% larger, taking shrinkage into consideration.

Trace the design onto a "Post It" sheet with a pencil. Turn the sheet over and burnish the pencil tracing onto the 4" x 4" white Artist Carving Block. (It really does carve like butter once you get the knack of carving.

Use the Speedball Lino Zip Scooper - Blade #21 with handle to carve out your design into the Artist's Master Carving block. (As a novice carver, I quickly found that I felt much safer using the Scooper rather than the sharp #1 or 2 V-gougers.)

Drag the scooper deeply into the clay - towards you - as you carve along the penciled design.

Roll out the PMC3 clay to the general shape of your design. Add Badger Balm to the carving block, making sure enough balm (but not too much) is in each indentation so that the clay won't stick to the block.

Press the PMC3 clay into the carved area of the block with your fingers then roll over the clay lightly with the Acrylic Brayer (also cover the brayer with a little Badger Balm).

Place a textured rubbing stamp on top of the clay - that's still in the carving block - and lightly roll the brayer over the textured plate to transfer a design onto the clay underneath.

Gently peel the PMC3 clay off of the carved block. Cut out the PMC3 shape with a palette knife. Place it on a Post-It sheet. Add a few CZ's or casting grains. Dry the piece on the little white dryer for about 15 minutes. Place the dried PMC3 piece on top of the 4" x 4" square rubber block and sand the edges gently with the PMC Sander/Buffer.

Place the bone dry piece of clay on the kiln shelf, on top of Bullseye Thin-fire Paper, and fire for 10 minutes at 1290 degrees. (Instead your piece can be placed into a Hot Pot to be fired. (Directions that come with the inexpensive Hot Pot state that one PMC3 piece fires in 15 minutes.)

Cool your creation then brass-brush it under warm running water using a drop of dish soap on your brush. Tumble your creation(s) for 30 minutes. Your tumbler should be loaded with two packages of shot, several thin shavings of Ivory face soap, enough water (about 1-2 inches) to cover the shot and your creations.

Remove each piece from the tumbler and wash, rinse and dry them with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Copyright © by Aberose™ of July 7, 2005.

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