- After I have a shape cut out, I dip my finger or a soft artist paint brush in water and gently smooth the edges. The paint brush is great for getting in small or intricate area of the clay design.
- For the larger surface areas I coat the clay piece with slip. I use a wet artist paint brush to apply the fairly runny slip. Here's a great blog post about slip—how to make it and what it does.
When I do have to do finish sanding, I've found that jeweler's files and an emery board work on most of the small projects that I create. Every once in a while I need to break out the Dremel for serious sanding, but the two tips from above always cut down on the sanding time.