A Treatise on the Construction Rigging by Tyrrel E. Biddle

By Tyrrel E. Biddle

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Place the cardboard tube over the master. Make sure the master does not touch the sides of the cardboard tube. If you use a cup, trim the bottom off and turn it over the master. Press firmly until the cardboard tube or bottomless cup is embedded in the plastilene clay at least halfway. Clean up and smooth over the seams along the bottom of the cardboard tube or cup where it meets the plastilene clay. Once the master is created, it is time to create the mold. The mold will be created from silicone rubber, which must be precisely measured and poured to ensure a flawless mold that will be able to be used again and again.

2. To66LE CLA6P 1. Roll out a sheet of metal clay to the desired thickness (thinner is more difficult to handle, so start with the thickness of matte board) on a texture stamp or card (see page 40 for instructions) . 2.. Remove the center of the clasp with a clay cutter. Cut out the middle with a smaller cutter. ~. Poke a hole with a stir stick or needle tool for the beading wire to pass through. Lj. Cut out a bar from the sheet of clay, making sure the width is small enough to fit through the hole in the clasp and the length is longer than the width of the hole-too short of a bar and the clasp will not hold; too long and it will be difficult to clasp.

The tools and textures described on the next few pages can be used on either polymer clay or Precious Metal Clay; the only difference is the resist used to keep tools and clays from sticking (use water for polymer and olive oil for Pre- t eA, . A(,. ~ Ul1~ and will set your work apart because they are completely unique. These useful items will replace generic rubber stamps and ceramic tools, 50 get ready to fill your toolbox! • .. simple carving & sculpting tools Tools for sculpting and carving are easy to come by.

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