Clay is ranking a close second to working with paper. Paper has been a fun medium to work with for the last 15+ years... but as you may have noticed recently, I'm delving a little deeper into some basic clay fun. It's so relaxing to condition, shape, cut and add texture to the clay.
Today's project is a simple pin. Made with some Sculpey clay, condition as directed by the manufacturer. Create the desired shape. Using the Mixed Media Supplies, Bark Background stamp, I added a bit of texture to the clay's surface altering directions a couple of times for a little bit of "cross-hatching" effect. Using a piercing tool, add some stems and leaves and add the beads for the flower heads. I baked the clay according to the direction, adding a couple of extra minutes since the "handle" at the top of the piece was a bit thicker than the base was.
After the piece has cooled, apply a wash of black acrylic paint, making sure you get a bit into the stem and leaf depressions. Wipe off any excess. Let dry. Apply a light coat of Sculpey Gloss and let dry. Once it is thoroughly dry, to finish, add the pin to the back with a good jewelry glue or add a large jump ring and chain to use as a pendant.
Sculpey Terra Cotta clay
Pasta machine (dedicated to clay use)
Acrylic Roller if you don't have a pasta machine
Mixed Media Supplies Bark Background Stamp
Black Acrylic paint/water
paint brush for acrylic paints
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