Sutton Slice Angel Ornament

angel stands 3" tall

angel stands 3" tall

The black and white floral design for this angel is the result of the Sutton Slice technique I recently learned at Sandy Camp, a four-day clay retreat.  Huge thanks to Marie Segal and Lisa Pavelka who were generous enough to demonstrate how this effect is achieved.  I’m delighted to pass it along to you with some discoveries I made in my first effort which resulted in easier handling of the clay on my second try. The rubber stamp you use for the design should be large enough to cover the template otherwise it will need to be pieced together.  It should also be deep with well defined crevices.  The angel can stand on a table or mantle or can be attached to fancy wire hangers to decorate a tree.

Before you begin, condition clay.  Cutting should be done on plastic film, which will allow you to easily rotate or lift off the work when necessary.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.

 

Directions

step 1 - Roll white clay into small balls in your hands.  Press the balls into the surface of a rubber stamp.  Rubber stamps should be removed from wood blocks for this technique because the rubber must be rolled off the clay later.  Use a tissue blade to cleanly skim the clay off the entire surface of the rubber.

step 1 - Roll white clay into small balls in your hands.  Press the balls into the surface of a rubber stamp.  Rubber stamps should be removed from wood blocks for this technique because the rubber must be rolled off the clay later.  Use a tissue blade to cleanly skim the clay off the entire surface of the rubber.

step 2 - When all the rubber is completely clean and the white clay fills the crevices, place the stamp clay side down on black clay rolled on the conditioning machine’s #1 setting.  Pounce the flat end of an acrylic roller on the stamp to transfer the white clay to the black.  Removing wood from a rubber stamp will leave a sticky surface.  Cover it with plastic wrap.

step 2 - When all the rubber is completely clean and the white clay fills the crevices, place the stamp clay side down on black clay rolled on the conditioning machine’s #1 setting.  Pounce the flat end of an acrylic roller on the stamp to transfer the white clay to the black.  Removing wood from a rubber stamp will leave a sticky surface.  Cover it with plastic wrap.

step 3 - Slowly peel the rubber stamp away from the black clay with a rolling motion.  If you see white clay stuck in the stamp, press it back down and push on it.  It will stick to the black clay.

step 3 - Slowly peel the rubber stamp away from the black clay with a rolling motion.  If you see white clay stuck in the stamp, press it back down and push on it.  It will stick to the black clay.

step 4 - Download and print out my angel template on card stock.  Use it to cut out the clay.

step 4 - Download and print out my angel template on card stock.  Use it to cut out the clay.

step 5 - Match up the long straight edges of the cone template and tape them together.

step 5 - Match up the long straight edges of the cone template and tape them together.

step 6 - Place a craft stick under the straight edges of the clay cone and pinch the edges together.  Blend them using the stick as support.

step 6 - Place a craft stick under the straight edges of the clay cone and pinch the edges together.  Blend them using the stick as support.

step 7 - Cut a piece of wire to measure 3” long.  Make a small loop on one end.  Roll out a clump of clay in your hands into a teardrop shape.  Slip the blunt end of the wire through the center of the clay and coat the top portion of the clay and 1/4” of the wire with Liquid Polymer.  Slide the wire up into the clay cone.

step 7 - Cut a piece of wire to measure 3” long.  Make a small loop on one end.  Roll out a clump of clay in your hands into a teardrop shape.  Slip the blunt end of the wire through the center of the clay and coat the top portion of the clay and 1/4” of the wire with Liquid Polymer.  Slide the wire up into the clay cone.

step 8 - Set the clay cone on the paper cone for support.  Bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before handling.

step 8 - Set the clay cone on the paper cone for support.  Bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before handling.

step 9 - Slide a small bead cap onto the wire followed by angel wings, the crystal bead, and a decorative silver bead.  Press them against the clay.

step 9 - Slide a small bead cap onto the wire followed by angel wings, the crystal bead, and a decorative silver bead.  Press them against the clay.

step 10 - Wrap the wire around a Sharpie marker to create a circle for the halo.

step 10 - Wrap the wire around a Sharpie marker to create a circle for the halo.

step 11 - With flat nose pliers, create a 90 degree bend 1/4” from the decorative bead and position the halo.  Cut off excess wire if necessary. 

step 11 - With flat nose pliers, create a 90 degree bend 1/4” from the decorative bead and position the halo.  Cut off excess wire if necessary. 

 

MY SUTTON SLICE EXPERIENCE

  • Wearing plastic gloves minimized clay sticking to my hands when working with the blade.
  • My results were very good when I worked small sections in a clockwise (I’m left handed) motion across the clay surface.
  • Lifting the blade up at the end of a cut pulled clay out of the crevices. : (  Don’t lift.
  • Allowing a generous amount of clay outside the four borders of the rubber stamp acted as an anchor that I could hold onto while perfecting the texture on the edges.   This minimized the clay edges from becoming dislodged.
  • Working in small areas with only a portion of the upper end of the blade(about .50”) produced faster and better results than trying to move more blade across the clay.
  • If a piece of clay comes off the rubber stamp, just push down another piece to fill it.
  • Hold the blade almost parallel to the clay when slicing.
  • Slowly roll the rubber off the clay. If you see clay remaining in the rubber, press it back down. It will usually stick.

Beautiful effects can be achieved by using more than one color in a Sutton Slice.  For the strip here I used blue, green and white clay randomly across the rubber stamp.


Supplies

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  • Sculpey Premo Clay - 1 oz. Black, 1/2 oz. white
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
  • Sculpey Acrylic Roller
  • Liquid Sculpey
  • 18 gauge wire
  • 8mm bead cap
  • 12mm faceted crystal rondelle bead
  • angel wings 53 mm
  • flat nose pliers

Miscellaneous

  • decorative 10mm bead
  • plastic wrap
  • card stock
  • craft knife
  • craft stick
  • rubber stamp
  • painters tape
  • Sharpie pen

 

 

 

 

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