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Clay Shreds For Dimension Depth and Design

How many times have you been pulled away from a clay project for a phone call, visitor, or family "crisis," and didn't think to cover up that slab, or ball of clay, that you were using? Next thing you know, it's hours later, and that clay got too firm to work with.

Ok, so you wrap it in a wet towel and plastic, and set it off to the side while you grab a new piece. Well, there are other ways to work with that clay, and here is one of my favorites... shredding it for design and texture.

Let's head out to the studio and I'll show you what I mean.Here is a piece of slab that sat out around 4-5 hours. It's dry leather hard, so there isn't much I can do with it except re-moisten it, or shred it for detail work. I think I'll shred this one.

My favorite tool for this process is the Mudtools Small Shredder. It's easy to handle, makes nice shreds, and comes in my favorite color, green! Oh... just in case you're not a green kinda person, it comes in several other colors too.

Take a small piece of the slab and shred it into a pile, grab some water or Magic Water, and get to work making some cool designs.

Here are a few things I use the shreds for:

  • Hair
  • Flowers
  • Landscape
  • Moss
  • Pebbles/stones
  • Animal fur
  • And anything else my mind conjures up!

Now, let's make a couple of the things I mentioned above. We'll start with a long mane for a horse. You can use a cookie cutter to cut out the horse head, then all you have to do is add some depth and dimension, to turn it into something special!

How about a rock wall?

And some landscaping...

These are just a few simple things you can do with the shreds. Allow your imagination to go crazy and you will be amazed at all the possibilities for clay shreds!

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2 thoughts on “Clay Shreds For Dimension Depth and Design”

  • patricia plishka | #

    I often use a garlic press for finer shreds.


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