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Sweetcorn Demonstration

Sweetcorn Demonstration

(IMAGE: new_angie (5229_0)) Welcome to my second project demonstration. The oranges demonstration has earned such praise, I thought it was time to extend to a new one. In this project I will show you how to make sweetcorn (I'm not sure what our American friends will call this one ...). The leaves are made by a different technique to caning, one I call stacking. The main body of the corn is made by a clever trick with a claygun. Read on to see the fun in action.

(IMAGE: 804_6_claygun1) Soften and warm your clay, if necessary add a little mix quick until it's almost sticky. This helps it to extrude and also to stick together. Put a little in your clay gun and extrude a couple of millimetres.
(IMAGE: 804_7_claygun2) Press the top of this with your thumb until it sticks together and forms a skin across the top of the clay gun.
(IMAGE: 804_8_claygun3) Very gently extrude a little more of the material so that little bulges form on the surface. With practice you will get used to looking for the moment just before the skin gives out. This is when you should stop.
(IMAGE: 804_9_claygun4) Using a single sided blade carefully run the blade over the surface of the clay gun so that you take off the whole circular 'skin' and leave the metal almost clean.
(IMAGE: 804_13_corn1) Make a tiny cone for the centre
(IMAGE: 804_5_corn1a) and wrap the circle around it.
(IMAGE: 804_14_corn2) This forms the naked corn cob.
(IMAGE: 804_0_stack1) To make the skin form a stack of green and a thinner layer of olive.
(IMAGE: 804_1_stack2) Cut and stack it
(IMAGE: 804_2_stack3) many times
(IMAGE: 804_3_stack4) to get very fine lines.
(IMAGE: 804_12_slice) Very carefully cut wafer thin strips of this stack.
!! CAUTION You will find that this takes rather a lot of practise and you must follow the safety instructions for the use of blades !!

(IMAGE: 804_11_wrap) Wrap the corn cob with this skin, the thinnest bits at the top.
(IMAGE: 804_15_finished) The finished item.
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