A while back at Easter, I used my DIY air drying clay cones in an Easter Branch Display which I shared with you here on the blog and promised that the tutorial would follow.
So here it is ….
I love working with air drying clay as it’s really easy to use and so versatile.
It’s also pretty cheap so these projects don’t have to cost a fortune.
The clay is available in various colours such as white, stone look and terracotta. I chose plain white for this particular project.
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Initially I didn’t have a clear idea of what I was going to make but just started playing around.
I tried out various household items to make impressions and see what different textures I could come up with.
I then had a flash of inspiration and went to find out some small round plastic mats that had I bought a while ago. I had intended to use these little mats to make some ‘traktaties’ (favours) but had never got round to it.
My idea just sort of evolved from there.
Here’s how I made them;
Air Drying Clay Project Materials
- Plastic mat (to keep table clean and give a smooth surface)
- Rolling pin
- Plastic Doilies or any other flat disc with a raised pattern (mine was 15cm/6″)
- Small sharp scissors
- Scrap paper or plastic (for support whilst piece is drying)
Instructions To Make Decorative Air Drying Clay Cones
Take a piece of clay and roll into a ball – I used a piece that was approximately 5 cm in diameter (you may need a larger piece if your patterned disc is larger).
Flatten the ball with the heel of your hand, then roll out until the piece of clay is a little larger than your Plastic Doily.
Put you patterned disc face down on top of the clay and with even pressure use the rolling pin to press the pattern into the clay.
I rolled mine out fairly thin to a thickness of approximately 2mm.
With the patterned disc still on top of the clay carefully trim off the excess clay.
Still with the disc on top of the clay give it another gentle roll with the rolling pin – the aim here is not to make it any thinner but to insure an even thickness.
Again trim any excess bits.
Now carefully peel you mat/disc away from the clay.
Ensuring the patterned side of the clay is on the outside gently roll into a cone.
Use a small dab of water to help the adhere the outer edge.
Then carefully add the Mini Split Pins on the overlapping edge of the clay.
Do not open the split pins at the back (I tried this but just ended up pulling the cone out of shape)
I used the split pins to help secure the edge and for decorative purposes.
If want to hang your cones you can now use a bamboo skewer to make 2 holes in the back of the cone (make sure your holes are big enough for the string or ribbon you are planning to use)
Now tuck some scraps of paper or plastic inside your cones to prevent the shape collapsing whilst drying.
Mine were dry the following day but I left mine a few days more to harden further.
These are so versatile I’m sure I will be changing them up and bringing them out every season, plus I have some really cute ideas as to how I can use them as a sort of a gift container (I’ll add photos when I have made them).
I really want to do more projects using air drying clay and have loads of ideas running around in my head.
Have you used clay to make any projects?
I’d love to hear what you have come up with!!!
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