Whittling clay scraps
Carving clay comes in handy for small items. I leave lumps of clay out overnight and the next morning the clay has the right feel to it to carve. It feels leathery. I use cheap cutting tools you find at any craft store, an old paring knife and whatever else fits the need. I sometimes whittle bits of leftover slabs, following contours of the discarded scrap. There is no rhyme or reason. It is the way to doodle in clay. Sort of like a maquette.
|fits in the palm of my hand|