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, nonetheless I assumed to myself maybe I might recreate them with air dry clay for individuals who don’t have kiln entry and the experiment was profitable so excellent news, you can too make these with air dry clay!
These are easy to make however they do take a bit endurance. Air dry clay takes just a few days to completely dry so if you wish to recreate some for pals or household it’s greatest to begin early.
Provides you’ll want: white air dry clay from craft retailer (I used one bundle 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 instrument); heart shaped stamp bought or self made; white gloss spray paint (elective); ribbon.
Step One: You may have two choices for creating the guts form to imprint contained in the state love ornaments, 1) buy a small heart stamp, or 2) make your personal stamp with clay first like I did. In case you do the identical, minimize of a chunk of air dry clay, kind the form and permit it to dry for twenty-four hours. Be sure to seal the rest of the air dry clay so it stays tender whilst you watch for the guts 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 may 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: Reduce as many state shapes as potential 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 might be hooked up. Enable clay form to dry for 48-72 hours. You’ll want to flip the state shapes each 12 hours for even drying and to forestall the clay from curling.
Step 5: As soon as clay shapes are totally dry, frivolously spray paint them with white gloss spray paint (elective) or depart them uncooked with a matte floor. Subsequent, paint the within of the guts imprint with two coats of a shiny nailpolish, I selected crimson to match crimson velvet ribbon, however you may 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!