Things are going a bit upside-down at the moment, so you’re getting your DIY-dose on a week later, since I was still busy enjoying the beach and the sand in the Netherlands. It is in fact a bit difficult to adapt to new working surroundings, but I was clever enough to pack all my DIY supplies when I moved out of my apartment. I guess you would have laughed when seeing me heavily loaded with all kinds of bags which contained everything important for a trip I had no idea how long it would take.
I took them on my bike, but only got so far as 5 meters before something hit the ground. So I stood still, and I called my mum, and I was ashamed (and internally laughing) of my stupidity. But that happens when you’re too lazy to go twice. But! I have a new addition to my technical family, meaning I could acquire a small studio lamp to light up my pictures in a better way (maybe you see a difference in the pictures). With my special wallpaper in the background I am soo close to professional haha. Anyways, let’s get to the actual project: As you may have read, I was looking for a way to store my delicate necklaces, my studs and my rings. So I came up with a rather funny and cute solution:
- Air-drying clay
- Two plastic animals (one larger, one smaller)
- White paint
- Leaf gold (+ special glue)
- Sand paper
- Sharp knife
- Super glue
- Sheet of paper + pencil + scissors
Take a sheet of paper and by help of flower pots, mason jars or bottles draw two circles onto the paper, one larger than the other and depending on the size of your animals. Cut out the circles, they’ll be used as stencils.
Roll out the clay with a bottle or a rolling pin until it’s about 3 millimetres thick. Place the stencils onto the clay and with the knife cut around it, leaving about 5 millimetres of space. Leave the stencil where it is and carefully fold the clay upwards to create a sort of brim. Place the larger animal on the plate where it should stand later and push it in a little. Let the clay dry (this may take some time).
Take a file or sand paper to even out the brim and eliminate anything you don’t like.
Time to cut the cow’s head off! Just kidding. With a sharp knife cut off just a little bit of the cow’s head so that the small plate has enough contact face. Put some super glue onto the right spots and attach the small plate to the top of the cow. Let dry.
Now get the rabbit on top in the same way, put some glue on the feet and attach it to the small plate. Then attach both cow and rabbit to the large plate. Let dry.
Get your white paint and paintbrush and start painting everything from top to bottom. Make sure to reach every corner. You may have to paint twice to reach perfect opacity. Let everything dry. Spray paint is also an option here, but I didn’t have any at hand.
Now for the final part: Prepare the brims of your plates with the special glue for the leaf gold. Let it dry the appropriate time and carefully apply the leaf gold with a soft brush (not the hard bristle brush you used for painting!).
Well well well. It’s been a long time since I’ve had one of the crazier ideas, and I really was anxious how this one here would turn out. You sometimes have a picture in your head and then buy the ingredients, but until the end you are not sure whether it really works out. Of course as a reader you never get to see the failures (I won’t let you!), but as a maker I am always happy if something works out. And this here is unique, I really like it. What do you think? Hope you are inspired!