|Unwrap each package of clay and knead in your hands until
it is soft. Put the all the white clay together and,
using the glass or rolling pin, roll the clay flat, between
1/8 and 1/4 inches [30 - 60 mm] thick.
Cut the rolled clay into strips 1½ tall and 4½ inches
wide [3.8 cm x 10 cm].
|Using the remaining white clay, roll it thinly -- between
1/16 and 1/8 inch [15 mm - 30 mm] thick. Using
about a quarter of the blue and black clay, roll each to the
- Stack the clay -- white on the bottom, black in the
middle, blue on the top.
- Using the ruler, slice the edge straight; then slice a
strip about 1/4 inch [60 mm] wide.
- Hold one end of the strip and twist the other to create
a diagonally striped cane.
- Roll the cane very gently to smooth. It will get
longer and thinner during rolling, depending on the amount
of pressure applied.
|A very small quantity of sky-blue clay is needed for the top
of the dreidel. To make the sky-blue clay, knead
together 4 parts white and 1 part blue. (F)
Using about a quarter of each of the blue clays, roll very
thin -- less than 1/16 inch.
Cut the pieces as shown. The use of colors creates
the impression of three dimensions.
|Position the pieces on the white background. If you
need to straighten the edges, you can gently push the edge of
the clay with the straight edge of the knife.
Turn the clay upside down and roll very gently to embed the
dreidel pattern into the white background (you don't want the
piece to get larger if you can help it!)
|Taking a very small quantity of the black clay, roll it
between your hands so that it is a very thin string.
Use the tip of a sharp knife and trace the shape of the letter
you want to have on the dreidel. Put the black
clay in on the dreidel as you've marked it.
Turn the clay over and roll very gently to embed the
|Place rolled cane around the outside of the napkin
ring as shown. Turn over and roll very gently to adhere
the caning to the edge.
Using the soda straw, poke two holes in the white clay.
These will be used to tie the ribbon onto the finished napkin
|Form the rings as shown on the baking sheet. Follow
the manufacturer's instructions for baking the clay.
Note that the clay is dimensionally stable and will neither
shrink nor expand during baking. It also will not get
smoother or change shape, so make sure that each ring is
shaped exactly as you want it to be!
When removed from the oven, the rings will be slightly
soft, but will harden as they cool
|When the rings are cool, cut a piece of yarn about 8 inches
[20 cm] long. Thread it through the holes as shown.
Cut a second piece of yarn 8 inches [20 cm]. Wrap yarn
around your hand 20 times, remove and tie in the middle as
shown to make a bow.
|Tie the bow onto the napkin ring and trim the