25/03/2015

How To Make Your Own Diy Glaze For Clay Crafts.

How To Make Your Own Diy Glaze For Clay Crafts.
One of questions I get asked the most in emails is how do I glaze my air dry clay craft projects and up until now the answer has always been that I don't. I really love the chalky, matte finish you get with the clay so in the past I've always liked to leave mine as they are.

Last week I shared a round-up of some of my favourite clay crafts and I fell in love with number one, the faux glazed pot. It looked so good it made me rethink my love of the chalky matte finish and made me want to glaze everything I've ever made using air dry clay. I decided to do a quick search for a diy glaze recipe and came across this tutorial for a tinted glaze you can make yourself quickly and cheaply. All you need is some glue, clear nail varnish, water and the paint of your choice.

How To Make Your Own Diy Glaze For Clay Crafts.
Things you'll need to make your own Diy Glaze for clay crafts:

Clear glue, the original tutorial uses Elmer's Clear School Glue but it's difficult to get a hold of in the U.K. and I was too impatient to wait the 3-5 weeks it would take to arrive from the U.S. so I searched for an equivalent and decided to use Pritt Clear Craft Glue instead.
Clear nail varnish,
Water, preferably bottled,
Acrylic paint,
A bowl,
A wooden craft stick to mix the glaze,
A paintbrush,
And a clay project to decorate.

I made my clay discs the same way I made my stamped clay magnets but instead of making a random pattern I lined up the center of the stamped design with the center of the round cutter. If you're going to use your glaze on stamped clay like I did make sure to press firmly with the stamp. I found the glaze worked best when the stamp had left a good solid indentation behind for the glaze to fill.

Making the tinted glaze:

1. Pour the whole bottle of clear nail varnish into a bowl.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of clear craft glue, 3 tablespoons of bottled water and mix together.

Don't worry if the mixture looks lumpy to begin with, keep mixing and everything will come together.

3. If you've already painted your clay or maybe stamped it like I did with these bowls and want a clear glaze then stop now. The glaze looks a little cloudy but does dry clear.

4. If you want a single colour tinted glaze add 1 teaspoon of your chosen colour.

I decided to separate my mixture and make 3 different colours. For the pink and orange glazes I added about 1/3 of a teaspoon but for the yellow glaze I added 1/2 a teaspoon. The yellow glaze didn't look any different from the other 2 but it needed less layers for a more opaque finish so try playing around with it and see what you prefer.

If you're not sure how transparent you want your glaze try adding a small amount of paint at a time. It's always easier to add more paint rather than trying to dilute your mixture back down.

Glazing the clay:

1. Sand down any rough edges from your clay and wipe away any dust.

2. Apply a first layer of the glaze. The glaze will flood the indentations and leave a thin layer over the raised design letting the white of the clay show through. Air dry clay is porous so the first layer will soak into the clay and dry quickly.

3. Build up the layers of glaze making sure the previous layer is dry first. I used 3 layers of the yellow and 4 of the pink and red.

4. To paint the sides of the discs place them on a piece of scrap paper and raise them up using small balls of sticky tack. You don't want your glaze gluing your clay to your work surface.

5. Leave to dry for a glossy finish.

I know some people have asked about making their clay food safe and while this diy glaze isn't right for that there's a brilliant tutorial over on Design Sponge for a clay cheese platter using Decopatch varnishes that I suggest you check out. It's got some great tips for making your clay both food safe and wipe proof.

Happy glazing lovely people.

How To Make Your Own Diy Glaze For Clay Crafts.
Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need:

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23/03/2015

Three Things I Love Right Now.

Three Things I Love: March.
1. These tasty pink strawberry donuts from The Proper Blog.  

2. Pretty spring diy Easter foliage eggs from Say Yes

3. And this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess on how to marble with shaving cream and ink. Has anyone tried it? I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

18/03/2015

Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned: Simple Diy Softcover Notebook.

Simple Diy Softcover Notebook
I discovered this fantastic blog called Design & Form whilst trawling Pinterest on the weekend, sadly it isn't being updated any more but you can still pore through the archives and enjoy it's beautiful minimal aesthetic and clever diy's. I loved these diy felt slippers, braided trivet and origami paper lily but it was this diy for an xl notebook that really caught my eye. You know how much I love notebooks and you can never have too many, right?

To make my notebook I used some A4 printer paper that I already had lying around. For the cover I used a couple of pieces of  scrapbook paper from the Diy Shop range from Crate Paper. It's another one of those easily customisable projects that you know I love. The original diy used plain black paper for the cover but by choosing your favourite patterned or non-patterned paper or even making your own and adding some colourful ribbon or twine you can put your own unique spin on it.

How to make a Simple Diy A4 Softcover Notebook
Things you'll need to make your own Simple Diy Softcover Notebook:

A4 paper,
Scrapbook paper,
A pencil,
A ruler,
Hole punch,
Bakers twine,
And some scissors.

1. To make sure all your holes are in the same place you'll need to make a guide. Mark on a piece of paper where you want the holes to be. I measured mine 1.5 inches and 2.5 inches from the top and the same on the bottom.

2. Line up the hole punch and punch out the holes. To make sure I only punched one hole at a time I used the end of my hole punch and then moved it in an inch. A single hole punch would work even better.

3. Take a stack of paper (10 sheets at a time worked best for me), use your guide piece of paper to mark the holes on the top piece and punch. If you're worried about your stack of paper moving around you can use a couple of binder clips to hold your paper in place. Keep going until you have a thick stack of paper.

4. Measure and cut out a couple of pieces or scrapbook paper for the cover. The piece I used is a calendar made up of rulers, I really like that you can use it to highlight and take note of certain dates. I wanted my book to be soft and flexible so I choose scrapbook paper for the cover but you could use a thin card if you wanted a more sturdy notebook. Just remember your hole punch needs to be able to punch through it.

5. Line up your stack of paper with the covers on both sides and thread some bakers twine through the holes. Tie in a tight knot on the back of your notebook to keep the front looking neat and tidy and you're all done.

How to make a Simple Diy A4 Softcover Notebook
Pretty easy, right? I love that it's nice and thick and the pages rip out easily as well. I think it would make a great sketchbook although I'd probably need a thicker cover if I was going to carry it around with me. For now this one is sitting on my desk so we'll see how it goes. If I end up liking it as much as I think I will I can always make another but this time with a stronger cover and maybe even some watercolour or sketchbook paper as the pages.

Simple Diy A4 Softcover Notebook
Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need:


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P.S. You can find my other paper crafts here.
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