A number of months in the past I began making state formed ornaments with uncooked clay at my ceramics studio for an area 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 as well make these with air dry clay!
These are easy to make however they do take a bit persistence. Air dry clay takes a couple of days to totally dry so if you wish to recreate some for associates or household it’s greatest to start out 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 slicing software); heart shaped stamp bought or self made; white gloss spray paint (optionally available); ribbon.
Step One: You could have 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. For those who do the identical, minimize of a bit of air dry clay, kind the form and permit it to dry for twenty-four hours. Be certain that to seal the rest of the air dry clay so it stays delicate whilst you anticipate 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 facet.
Step Three: Lower as many state shapes as potential with the state formed cookie cutter. Stamp clay with bought or self made coronary heart form.
Step 4: Lower gap in nook of state the place ribbon will probably be connected. Permit clay form to dry for 48-72 hours. You should definitely 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 absolutely dry, flippantly spray paint them with white gloss spray paint (optionally available) 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 pink to match pink 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!