DIY EMBOSSED CLAY STONE PAPERWEIGHTS.in air dry clay, craft, diy
Happy Friday everybody. I've got another air dry clay craft to share with you today. This time it's diy embossed clay stone paperweights.
Last summer I collected a whole bunch of stones from the beach. I had originally planned to make these with them but I never managed to get around to it and instead they were left gathering dust on a shelf. I finally decided to do something with them last week and I can't tell you how glad I am that I did. I think these diy embossed clay stone paperweights might be my favourite air dry clay project to date, my stamped clay bowls have finally been knocked off their number 1 spot. Keep reading to see how I made them.
Things you'll need to make your own Diy Clay Stone Paperweights:
Some stones or pebbles,
Air dry clay (sometimes also called paperclay),
A selection of stamps.The stamps I use are ones I've had for quite a few years and the exact ones are hard to find but I have found the same designs (only 5 out of the original 6) now mounted on wood and I've linked to them as well as some similar ones below.
And some water.
1. Start by kneading your air-dry clay until it is soft and easy to work with.
2. Wrap and press flat pieces of clay around your stone. This part can be a bit tricky, try to keep the clay as close as possible to the surface of the stone, any gaps or air bubbles will be weak spots on your paperweights when they dry. The more you handle air dry clay the drier it becomes so if you have any trouble getting the clay to stick to the stone use a little water first to wet the clay. Use small pieces of clay to patch up any gaps and smooth any joins with some more water.
3. Stamp your design onto the clay.
I found it worked best if I rolled or rocked the stamp onto the clay to compensate for the uneven shape. I overlapped the stamp until the whole piece was covered. In the places where I'd pressed too hard and the sides of the stamp had left a mark I smoothed it out using a little more water.
4. Leave to dry. If you've used this clay before you'll know that it's supposed to take 24 hours to dry but it usually takes longer depending on the thickness of the clay and the humidity. I left these to dry on a windowsill for around 4/5 days, the smaller one dried much faster than the larger ones. Make sure to turn them over so the bottoms have a chance to dry as well. When the air dry clay dries it changes from an off white/grey colour to a matte, white finish so you should be able to tell when it's completely dry.
I really like the white, matte finish so I left mine as they are but you could customise them any way you like. They could easily be painted with some acrylic paint and and sealed using a polyurethane varnish for a gloss finish or you could highlight the pattern by applying a darker wash of colour on top and then rubbing it away from the raised areas like Kiswinar suggested in the comments here.
If you're interested you can find my other air dry clay projects here and all my other craft tutorials over here on my diy/crafts page. As always don't forget to follow along on Pinterest if you're not already. You can always find me over there pinning new craft projects and diy's over there.
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