Here's a fun technique for creating and cutting out puffed shapes from soft clay. This technique works with any type of clay and makes a beautiful piece that requires little finishing. Use this technique with your favorite Jewelry Shape Template by Cool Tools.
The thickness of the clay will make a difference in how the clay will stretch. You can distort the surface as much or as little as you like.
Because the bottom of the piece will end up flat, this technique makes it so easy to create puffed beads and elements. Just make 2 pieces the same size and paste them together. Play with this technique using polymer clay to discover all the cool things you can do with it.