grisnleu

1 and 2 - you make a small amount of pieces of clay in the contrasting colours you prefere, and assemble them in a log:

un

deux

3 - pass this log through a clay gun with the spaghetti cap in order to make plenty of thin strings:

trois

4 -  make the same with the other colours you chose:

quatre

5 - line up the strings on a sheet of clay very thin, and trim the edges:

ciqn

6 - pass a roller on this sheet in order to flatten the clay:

six

7 and 8 -pass this sheet at the pasta machine through the thinnest setting

in order to maintain very thin lines:

sept

huit

9 and 10 - ou can also pass the sheet in the horizontal way to obtain larger lines:

neuf

dix

11 - cut a stripe as large as the ball

pay ATTENTION to the direction of the lines during the cut: the stripe you cut must be perpendicular to the lines

onze

12 - put the cut stripe around the ball and link the edges neatly:

douze

13 and 14 -kindly stretch the clay in order to close the bead on every side

treize

quatorze

15 - roll the beads in your hands and smooth it perfectly : you're done!!

quinze

There are other ways far more quick to realise a sheet of striped clay without a clay gun, but I do not have the links, and beside that I love the clay gun effect
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Vero from Mona Mokume propose another method here to realise balls of clay, maybe a little easier...

Have fun!!

gris bleu

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to make your job easier you can use this trick from domillepate

you can try with other patterns, with any kind of sheet, and this is convenient to use the remains of canes and to match our beads

véro method :

ballon

ballonun

ballondeux

ballontrois

merci à maria pour la traduction de cette leçon en images à la demande

de nos lectrices non francophones

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