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Clay Slab Windchimes

Ceramics Lesson for Middle School
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Lindsey Foushee

on 21 April 2015

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Transcript of Clay Slab Windchimes

Clay Slab
Plan Your Idea
Choose a theme for your windchime. You will need an idea for the shape of the top, as well as a shape for the chimes.
STEP 2
Use a needle tool or knife to draw your shapes on the slab. If you make a mistake, it's easy to "erase" if you have shallow lines. Cut through the clay.
A slab is a flat, even piece of clay. There are 2 ways to make a slab: rolling and dropping.
STEP 1
Roll out your clay to a slab, no thinner than 1/2 inch thick. It needs to be the same thickness all the way across.
One way to make sure your clay is even is to use guides with your rolling pin. Roll out the clay, flipping often, until the pin touches the guides.
Windchimes
How to Make a Slab
Theme Suggestions:
an animal nature the ocean

a hobby your favorite subject
Decide if you want a vertical or horizontal top. You must have at least 4 chimes, but you can put 2 chimes on each strand.






Make sure you thoroughly plan your idea in your sketchbook because you need to know where to put the holes.
As you cut out each piece:
use a pencil to pole a hole in the top (and bottom if it's part of a strand of chimes)
Mark your initials someone on the shape. If you need to keep track of the pieces, you may want to number them to match numbers in your sketch
STEP 3
STEP 4
Now you wait!
In about 10 days, the clay will become bone dry & ready for the bisque firing.

After that, you will glaze your pieces and they will be fired again before we can string them together.
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