Introduction: BRUSH HEADS
I have been an ART teacher for many years and have a rather large collection of brushes that have fallen apart. I have saved them because I was sure one day I would find a use for them. Recently I was looking for a fun after school project to do with my group of "clay kids".
Step 1: Supplies
minimal clay tools
access to a kiln (I have not tried this with air dry clay so I cant advise)
Step 2: Starting the Clay
Begin with a lump of clay the size of an egg. Shape a cone and begin to create the features of the face.
Step 3: Attaching With Slip
Slip is very moist clay that needs to be used to add on details with the clay. I call it clay glue because that is what it does.I put slip on the small balls I used for eyes. I scored (small scratch marks) the tongue, used slip to attach it in the mouth of my brush head .
When features are complete poke several holes in the underside of the cone to open up any air pockets that may have been created.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Carefully press your brush of choice into the head. Jiggle it around a bit to make the hole slightly larger Clay shrinks a bit when it dries and you need the hole large enough to insert the brush back into the opening when it is done.
I bisque the clay pieces and then do a glaze firing. Try not to get any glaze in the actual hole that the brush goes into it will not hold the brush as well in the end.
Step 5: Finished
Participated in the
After School Challenge