BPKIT6 Tree Studio Assortment $150

BPKIT6 Tree Studio Assortment comes with 6 tree cones. Three large (21 inch) and three small (12 inch) tree cones included.

FREE Techniques!

Bark Clay Trees
Step 1: Wrap the tree cone with one to two layers of newspaper
and tuck extra inside cone. Tape in place if needed.
Step 2: Wrap a slab of clay around the cone, attach and smooth.
Slab should be about 1/4” thick.
Step 3: Texture clay slab with bark texture. Tear off strip, score,
slip and attach to the bottom of clay cone.
Step 4: Tear off small pieces of bark textured clay about 1 inch
wide by two to three inches long and attach so it overlaps the
strip along the bottom.
Step 5: Attach small pieces of bark textured clay around the bottom
area, and continue working your way up to the top of the
tree, with each layer overlapping like roof shingles.
Step 6: Turn cone on side in hand and remove cone, tuck extra
paper inside clay tree for support and stand to dry before firing
and finishing.
Fabric Clay Trees
Step 1: Wrap the tree cone with one to two layers of newspaper
and tuck extra inside cone. Tape in place if needed.
Step 2: Wrap a slab of clay around the cone, attach and
smooth. Slab should be about 1/4” thick.
Step 3: Turn the cone on its side and remove clay cone from
mold, tuck paper inside for support.
Step 4: Dip strips of fabric or burlap in slip and drape over clay
cone, starting at the bottom so each layer overlaps, up to the
top.
Step 5: Add any clay balls or other attachments.
Step 6: Allow sufficient drying time before firing and decorating.
Textured Trees
Step 1 Wrap Bisque Puzzler cone with a few layers of newspaper
and tuck extra inside cone. Use masking tape to hold the
end of the paper down if needed.
Step 2 Flatten pieces of clay with your fingers and press over
the cone shape. Slightly overlap each piece of clay when
pressing together. Try to keep the thickness uniform, about
1/4 inch thick.
Step 3 Cover the cone with clay as far down as you’d like the
tree high. Press firmly, eliminating any lines in the clay.
Step 4 Starting up about an inch from the bottom of the tree,
use various ends on the sculpting tools to make impressions
and textures. Practice on scraps of clay to see all the different
patterns you can achieve.
Step 5 Continue adding layers of texture as working your
way around the tree all the way to the top.
Step 6 When all the textures are complete, pick up
the shape and wedge your hand inside the cone.
Twist and pull the cone mold from inside the clay
shape. Place the cone aside.
Step 7 Tuck any extra paper inside the clay tree and
stand it upright. Look straight down over the top of
the cone to be sure it stands properly. Allow to dry
for a couple of hours.
Step 8 After drying for a couple of hours, pick up
the tree, reach under, grab hold of the paper and
begin twisting to remove. A small amount of paper
may remain in the tip and will burn away in firing.
Step 9 Allow to dry for at least a week before firing
to the appropriate temperature for the clay used.
Step 10 Apply a basecoat of choice to each tree and
drybrush with a couple lighter colors. The Pink tree
was basecoated with a dark purple and drybrushed
with pink and white. The green tree was basecoated
with a dark green and drybrushed with a green,
green and sage green. The teal blue tree was
basecoated with a deep teal and drybrushed with
colonial green and aqua blue.
Step 11 Apply Matte Spray Sealer to each tree and
sprinkle with glitters while the sealer is still damp.
Coil (Extruder) Trees
Step 1) Step 1 Load extruder with choice of clay and
insert 3-hole attachment on the end.
Step 2 Wrap Bisque Puzzler cone with a layer of
newspaper and tuck extra inside cone.
Step 3 Extrude coils of clay over a towel. Make the
coils at least a foot long.
Step 4 Begin wrapping the coils around the papercovered
cone. Attach the loose end to another coil
so it’s not floating, leaving sharp points on the jagged
end.
Step 5 Continue to overlap clay coils over the entire
cone.
Step 6 Press with towel hard enough to attach all
the coils where they overlap.
Step 7 Fill in any large openings with coils. Add
extra coils along the bottom for extra support. Press
with towel.
Step 8 Untuck any paper inside the cone.
Step 9 Slide the paper and clay off the cone and
tuck extra paper inside clay tree.
Step 10 Stand the tree up on several layers of
newspaper or a sheet of drywall and look straight
down to make sure it’s standing straight. Apply a
little pressure to any area needing adjustments.
Step 11 Once the tree is firm enough to stand on its
own, reach inside and gently twist the paper until it
comes loose from the clay. Do not force the paper.
If it does not pop loose, leave it and it will fire
away.
Step 12 After allowing sufficient drying time, fire to
the appropriate cone for the selected clay.
Step 13 Decorate in desired colors and technique.


BPKIT6 Tree Studio Assortment $150
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