Activ-Clay Terracotta Box


Modeling Clay


STEP 1  Roll out whole pkg terra cotta clay on plastic wrap, to ¼” thickness.

STEP 2  Carve designs all over the clay with any type of craving tool, I used the round end of a paintbrush, you can use a toothpick, nail, fork etc.

STEP 3  Cut out 4 squares the same size; a square post-it note makes a good pattern.

STEP 4  Cut one square ¼” larger on 2 sides, this is the bottom of the box.

STEP 5  Score (make X’s in) the clay all around the bottom of the box inside edges.

STEP 6  Score the sides of the box pieces.

STEP 7  Start putting the box together; put a little water on the scored edges, this will help them stick together. Seal the edges, smooth with water. When all the sides are on you can re-carve the smooth areas with the carving tool.

STEP 8  Put the left over clay in an airtight bag until the box is semi dry.

STEP 9  Roll 4 balls, score one area, stick to bottom of the box, use water in scored area. Turn the box over, this will help them stick together better.

STEP 10  Make a snake with the clay, score the snake and the top edge of the box, put water on both, attach the snake to the top edge of the box. Make impression in the clay with the carving tool.

STEP 11  Set aside to dry completely.

STEP 12 Can be let unsealed or sealed with a liquid or spray acrylic sealer.