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Cattleya Phalaenopsis Cymbidium
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-Getting Started
-when working with the clay make sure to clean your hands because grease and dirt can discolor the clay. You should also lubricate your hands Vaseline or some hand cream, this prevents the clay from sticking to your hands and helps to make a smoother finish when forming clay. It also help to rub some lubricant on the blade of the cutters, face of the stamps and the plastic for rolling the clay.

-Whenever you finish forming a curved petal, put it into a paper/cardboard tray that has a curved surface to keep its shape until it dries. Usually I use a apple carton you can get them from grocery stores for free from the boxes they ship fruit in.

-Mixing clay
To mix the Japanese clay just knead them together for a few minutes until the clay is consistent. When ever you open a package try to only mix enough for what you will make that time, any extra clay you will need to store in a plastic bag it helps to wrap it in thin plastic wrap first try to get all the air out and seal it up.

-To thin clay, if it gets too dry while you are working on it, add a bit of latex glue and cream in equal proportions, then knead it in until it is consistent.

-Coloring clay
Since its base color is white your flowers can easily be made any color you can mix, normal oil paints are most commonly used. Only mix what you think you will use ,start with small amount of paint dip it on to the clay and knead them together for a few minutes until the clay becomes solid color. If the color to light add some more color and knead some more. If the color to dark add more white clay then knead it again.

-The rolling machine settings
Generally, number 4 for Petals.
And number 5 or 6 for Leaves.

-Clean-up
-When you are done, use water clean all of your tools and make sure they are dry so they do not rust or leave water marks that may discolor future work.