Sutton Slice Angel Ornament
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.
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.
- 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
- decorative 10mm bead
- plastic wrap
- card stock
- craft knife
- craft stick
- rubber stamp
- painters tape
- Sharpie pen