A number of months in the past I began making state formed ornaments with uncooked clay at my ceramics studio for a neighborhood market the place I’m promoting artwork prints and ceramics in early December. These ceramic ornaments have been fired in a kiln, nevertheless I believed to myself maybe I may recreate them with air dry clay for many who don’t have kiln entry and the experiment was profitable so excellent news, you may also make these with air dry clay!
These are easy to make however they do take slightly persistence. Air dry clay takes a couple of days to totally dry so if you wish to recreate some for mates or household it’s greatest to begin early.
Provides you’ll want: white air dry clay from craft retailer (I used one package deal of this clay); state shape cookie cutter (I purchased this one); colourful gloss nail polish; rolling pin; 12x½” inch wooden strips or ½” wooden dowels for evenly rolling clay; plastic straw (or round clay chopping device); heart shaped stamp bought or self made; white gloss spray paint (non-obligatory); ribbon.
Step One: You have got two choices for creating the center form to imprint contained in the state love ornaments, 1) buy a small heart stamp, or 2) make your individual stamp with clay first like I did. In case you do the identical, minimize of a bit of air dry clay, type the form and permit it to dry for twenty-four hours. Make sure that to seal the rest of the air dry clay so it stays smooth when you watch for the center form to harden.
Step Two: Roll the air dry clay flat between two wooden strips or dowels. For elongated states like California or Florida, select a ½” thickness, however for extra condensed shapes like Texas or Arizona, you could possibly flatten the clay to a 3/8” thickness. Something thinner than ¼” dangers the clay form cracking so err on the thicker aspect.
Step Three: Reduce as many state shapes as doable with the state formed cookie cutter. Stamp clay with bought or self made coronary heart form.
Step 4: Reduce gap in nook of state the place ribbon shall be connected. Enable clay form to dry for 48-72 hours. Remember to flip the state shapes each 12 hours for even drying and to stop the clay from curling.
Step 5: As soon as clay shapes are totally dry, flippantly spray paint them with white gloss spray paint (non-obligatory) or go away them uncooked with a matte floor. Subsequent, paint the within of the center imprint with two coats of a shiny nailpolish, I selected crimson to match crimson velvet ribbon, however you could possibly do pink, mint, forest inexperienced, no matter you want.
Connect a ribbon to the within gap and use the clay ornaments to hold on a tree or as an embellishment on a present!