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Week 6: A Valentine’s Day Photo Holder

Here’s a simple project that uses scrap clay, a little wire or a paperclip, and either a little red, white, and pink clay or some acrylic craft paint.

1) Partially unbend and kink the end of a paperclip or, twist a double loop in a 6″ piece of wire. Trim it until the tales are only 1.5 to 2″. Kink the ends a bit.

2) Slightly condition your lump of scrap clay – I used a round chunk about 1.5″ across – and then cover it in a thin sheet of your base colour. For me, that’s a nice red sheet at #5 on my pasta machine.

3) Trim your sheet to neatly wrap and smooth out any join lines and air bubbles.

4) Add your wire to the lump and heal the hole up around the wire stem. Add a little liquid clay to the join if you have it.

5) Roll out a few scraps of clay in fun Valentine’s Day colours at a nice thin setting. I like Sculpey 3 Ballerina Pink, Premo White Glitter and Blush Pink.

6) Use small heart and circle cookie cutters to cut out a few shapes from your sheets. Decorate your base with them.

7) Bake according to package directions. Because this is a thick chunk of clay that’s going to be a while in the oven. Time it to go in with other pieces or bake it with two other projects (yes, you can bake it more after you take it out).

Week 5: The Doors Continue On

I finally finished the fairy doors Chloe left for me to do. They’re adorable and they’re a fair blend of our styles. I of course went a little crazy adding cane slices when she would have likely stuck to sculpted and textured details. I suppose that’s what stylistic differences are.

All of them need their backs finished with a coat of paint and a little antiquing and detailing on their fronts. I’m working on incorporating a little more judicious paint in my work in 2018. You can add clever details with paint that are difficult to do with clay only and I should really improve my skills there.

Week 4: Canes and Beads

Before my daughter left for university a few weeks ago she made her poor old mom a bunch of Skinner blends to use up. And, really, blends are like having the picture half done as far as canes go. I took a look through pictures of bouquets for inspiration and settled on one with lovely green mums, violet mums or dahlias, off white, green tinted roses and white daisies. I got caning.

The beads are currently tumbling right now but they were cute even heading in. The daisy cane was a little wobbly but at bead size that matters less. The green mum cane is good with nice contrast and good shape. There’s a good stack of beads in my tumblers because the To Sand pail was pretty full. That means lots of beads to work on in the coming week.