I really don’t know what this thing is called. I suspect that it used to be a French cruller but as Japanese clay artisans recreated it the shape started changing as everyone created their clay items from a picture of someone’s work. Kind of like a game of Chinese whispers, but with clay and the shape of a French cruller. Anyway this thing took me a very long time to get figure out! This requires a bit of practice and it’s hard for me to capture the steps in pictures, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t seem to get it right the first few times. I suggest you read through the tutorial first before attempting because some steps might make sense in light of later steps. Ask any questions if you have any.
1. Make a fat disk of dough shaped clay and poke a hole through it. Use something with a rough texture and press imprints onto the clay to make it look ‘crumb-y’ like bread. Here I am using a pumice stone.
4. This part is really hard for me to explain. Taking your toothpick, make indents starting from where you’ve marked to the center. Try to curve the indents – don’t make them go straight into the center. Look at the picture for reference. After you’ve finished this poke the center again to make the hole round again.
6. After baking, paint a part with acrylic clay to look like it was iced/dipped in chocolate. I find it easier to paint one indent, then two indents, and stop when you think your cruller has been dipped enough in chocolate. Let dry, then glaze the chocolate part with acrylic glaze.