>Does anybody have any advice on making a marble effect clay, I want to
>make a miniature fireplace (I have already done one in black to look like
>cast iron) and I really want to have it look like marble. I have been
>experimenting like crazy, but am not happy with the end result, and am
>ending up with loads of "ugly" clay.
I find you have to be sooo subtle with miniature effects (are you
working at 1:12?) I find the best marble look comes with mixing white
and transparent until the streaks are really thin, then shaping. This,
of course, gives the white Carara marble effect but it looks lovely. For
grey marbles, I mix a very pale grey using a snitch of black into
transparent, then marble in a similar grey mixture of a snitch of black
in white. The best results seem to be when there is no major contrast
between the two colours you are marbling. All this gives streaky marble
as opposed to veined marble. For terrazzo or aggregate, grate the
colours together, mush together, then grate again, then mush etc until
the flecks are really tiny. (You can use contrasts for this one) Sand
mixed in looks good too - but that's another effect.
For veined marble, wrap logs of transparent in white and press together
the different sized canes, then slice. Vary the log and wrap for
different effects, keeping subtle. Use already marbled mixtures for the
Hope this helps - keep experimenting and let us know what you get!
Sue in UK