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Marie-tangle beads

I like these, they remind me of Zentangles, but I thought I would call them Marie-tangles, because they are not drawn on, but stamped.

Also, I am anything but Zen most of the time, especially when I am writing the tutorials. When I am creating new stuff, I am all over the place, trying a million things at once.

This is a very old technique for me, using black ink and off white clay, but now, including a stamp that probably was a Zentangle before there were Zentagles, is how these came about.

You will need:

Cernit in Caramel, black, and Opaque white

Pearl-ex stamp pad– black

Stamps- Jumbo Miro Background

hand 150-002K

Fantasy Flower 2 – lg 260-001L

The stamp I am using is a very old molding mat from Color Box. It looks just like a busy doodle! The other stamps will work as well.

Or you can find your own stamps, with lots lines for this.

Clay Machine

Clay Slicing blade-SB

knitting needle pointed on both ends

Mix 1/6 of a block of caramel with one whole block of opaque white until it is one color.

Roll out the clay in the clay machine.

Double for thickness and press together the two sheets.

Cut the one end closest to you at an angle that leans in towards the surface,

Leave about a 1″ on the surface of the doubled sheet and cut down leaning out at the bottom.

Trim off each of the ends of the strip of clay.

Notice the trapezoid shape of the sheet.

Top edges are angled towards each other and the bottom edges are angled away from each other.

Press the edges together around the rod or knitting needle.

Match the seams together.

Pinch the edges together and smooth out the seam with your fingers.

I also knock the clay loose from the metal rod by twisting the clay the opposite way from the rod.

I do not grab with just my fingers, but I use my palm clenched gently around the clay to do this.

The clay will break loose from the metal and then you can roll the rod and clay on the table to smooth and elongate the rod of clay.

Stay tuned for part 2…

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