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Watermelon Blessings The Endless Steppe

At about three o'clock in the morning, I heard a knock at the window near us. Father heard it too and sat up, remaining motionless. There was another knock and then, appearing at the window—and disappearing almost at once—was the face of a young girl. Father tip-toed to the window and leaned out. Two young girls from the village had stolen a watermelon and cut it up to give to the Polish slave laborers. They handed the slices up to Father and silently, silently, these were passed from person to person. The girls fled before Father could say thank you properly.

Those of us who were lucky enough to have had a slice of that watermelon that night—like me—must count it the most delectable food ever eaten anyplace by anyone.

The Endless Steppe - ch 4

This video takes you through all the steps shown below.

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Roll half of the red clay and squish to about 1 inch thick. It will look like a mini cheese wheel.

With your parents permission, use the knife to cut the wheel into eighths. Do this by cutting a + and then an x. Do this on a cutting board so that you don’t damage the table.

  • With your parents permission, use the knife to cut the wheel into eighths. Do this by cutting a + and then an x. Do this on a cutting board so that you don’t damage the table.
  • Roll out a snake of black and slice to the same height as your wheel. Insert one section in-between each wedge.
  • Roll out half of the light green and squish flat. Wrap around the wedge.
If the green doesn't cover any red, just stretch and smooth it until it does.
  • Repeat with the dark green.
  • This is what is called a cane bead. Roll your cane to lengthen.
  • Its also fun to make a few solid color beads as shown in the first photo on this page.
  • For whole sliced beads roll to just under a half inch in diameter. For wedges leave it closer to an inch in diameter.
  • Use your needle to poke a hole through the bead. Make sure it's big enough for the ball chain included in the kit.

With a parents help, cook beads for 15 minutes at 275 degrees.

String the beads on your chain and wear with pride! :)

You Did It!!!

What else could you do using this technique? Do you see the symmetry in it? Could you make flower petals? Thing about nature and the different patterns you see in nature. Can you make them out of clay using the cane bead technique? We can't wait to see what else you come up with!

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