In this craft video Cheri shows us how to shape clay into a cute and colorful fish.
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Okay, now if you have some kind of a sharp object, you can use a fork if you don’t have a clay needle, or even a pencil, a sharp pencil would work. And we’re going to do what we call scoring. And that’s putting little scratches on the clay and we’re going to put little scratches on the clay where we’re going to put the eyes. This is going to help keep the eyes from falling off.
We’re going to put some water on here. We’re going to press these on. Put some water on here and then press the eyes on. So they’re not going to go anywhere, because what happens is as clay dries, the moisture evaporates from it, and if you stick two pieces of clay together, just like this, as they dry they’re both going to shrink away from each other. And then you’re going to come back the next day. And the eyeballs are going to be sitting on the table and you’re not going to understand why they ended up there.
So, when you scratch both surfaces, you put a little water between there. What you’re really doing is joining the clay like this, so that it’s not going to—you’re not going to loose any pieces on the table overnight. So, that’s why we score and we use some water or slip which is just basically wet clay.
I'm going to go ahead and put some little eyeballs in here like this, or the pupils, I should say, okay. So there we’ve got the fish’s mouth, we’ve got his eyes made, we’ve got tall fin here. Now, were going to squish him, his back end and we’re going to form a tail. So I'm going to use my fingers and kind of squish this together, and flatten it. And then here comes where—this is the part where you can kinda use your imagination and figure out what kind of shape tail you want.
Okay, I think I’ll pull this out a little bit. And if you work with both hands of the same time, you should be a little to get them fairly symmetrical but you have to go back and do a little and the touch up and smoothing of course. And then if you turn him, so you can see as tail, I told you, you can actually kind of even out this body and make sure that you know his tail is even, a bit symmetrical. We’ll put some little points on here.
Now let’s see, I think we need some of these side fins, so I'm going to take some little pieces like this and I think we’ll kindly be doing this way. So I'm going to score this because this will keep the clay, the fin from falling off, now we’re going to take this other fin and then I'm going to score this one, scratch it, and scratch on his body.
You’re going to take this tool, you could even use something like a plastic knife or the end of the spoon to do the smoothing. You could even use the eraser end of a pencil. I mean you don’t have to go out and buy fancy clay tools. There are a lot of things that you have at home that you can use as substitute. So, I'm making progress with our taco fish here.
Now, we’re going to go ahead and we’re going to start to put some scales on him. I'm going to pull off little pieces of clay, put them in my hand and roll them into little balls. And then I'm just going to do a whole bunch of those, because these are going to be in little scales, and ultimately what I'm going to do is just a kind of pinch them between my fingers.
Okay, I just finished making all the scales here. We’ve finished rolling all these little balls of clay and I flatten then out between my fingers, and now I'm going to get ready to start putting them on the fish. Now, trick is you want to start at the bottom, so that you can actually layer them, and I’ll show you how that’s going to work.
This time, we’re not going to score and use the water. We’re just going to press the top of each scale and kind of blend it into the body of the fish. This should be enough so that the scales aren’t going to fall off. And I'm just going to place some on here and kind of smooth the top half of them because what’s going to happen next, is as we work our way up, the next row is going to actually cover up where we did a little smoothing part on the scale. And you want to make sure you really don’t have to go all the way underneath them obviously, but you want to kindly start your first row, where the scales will rest, you know on the table like this.
Now I'm going to do the next row and you can line them up directly if you want, or you can kind of stagger them, it’s totally up to you how you want your scales to look. I'm going to start out kind of alternating on. The one that kind of stagger, like bricks wood and I'm just going to keep laying them down, trying to keep your row straight. Smooth them at the top.
I have made some progress here, and I'm working my way up the fish with my scales and just going to keep it going there, and this part up here, maybe what we’ll do is make kind of a roughly fin up here. Then, I’m going to press it in with fingers.
And here we go. Now, I think I need to go back to making some more little clay balls here and rolling them and flattening out them out because it looks like we need a lot more scales to finish out the other side.
Okay, I think I might have enough here to go ahead and start on the other side. Basically, you’re going to do the same thing. I'm going to start at the bottom and just going to lay them down, and smoothen the top half of them. And I'm just going to do the one row, and then start the next row on top of it, and do exactly what we did on the other side.