Friday, April 13, 2012

Porcelain Look Flowers

I saw a few really beautiful fresh flower displays at the grocery store and they used simple white vases.  It's a great idea. . . the white is simple and brings out the beauty of the flowers.  It also compliments all decor.  I wanted to copy it but didn't want to pay the grocery store prices.

I found these at Target in their dishware section.  I love the shapes and thought they'd look nice for what I wanted them for.

I got them home and realized that they were too simple for my taste.  I've been wanting to try out some stone clay, anyway, so I decided to jazz them up.  Here's the results:

Start by taking a big lump of your clay.  I chose to use the premier brand.

Flatten it with your hand and cut out your shape.  I used a little round cutter.  A cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or clay cutter would work.  You could also use a butter knife.

Take the circles and pinch the bottom.  This makes your petal shape.

This is where I got stuck.  I couldn't figure out how to get all the petals to stick to each other.  I finally settled on sticking them to another round circle.  This one isn't cut out, just squished.

Put them all on your circle and gently squash the point area on to your circle.  I squashed as I went and then adjusted the petals.  I'd recommend putting them where they need to go then squashing.  I think spacing would be easier that way.

Another view. . . .
Roll up three small balls and put them in the middle.  Gently squash those.

Done!  Let air dry.  It takes 24 or more hours, depending on how humid your area is.  I got antsy and put mine in a dehydrator.  When dry you can sand it to smooth it.  You can also paint it.  I wanted white on white so I ended up giving it a coat of spray primer.  The clay is white. . . just not WHITE white.  When it dried, I gave it a quick spray of clear sealer to give it the shine.

Glue on with your E6000 glue or a special glue for glass and ceramics.  Fill with flowers!

If I do it again:

1.  I wouldn't play with the clay as much.  The more it was played with, the more it lost that really smooth, soft texture I was going for.  This would require me to be much more organized and to have a design planned out prior to the actual crafting.
2.  I would try another brand.  I was hoping for a really solid piece, like porcelain, but this feels almost soft to me.  Don't get me wrong. . . it's solid. . . just softer than the vases, if that makes sense.

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