January proves to be quite the busy month, obviously not only for me but for everyone. I see advertisements for fitness memberships (right, summer is just around the corner and you damn well better start to get that bikini butt!) and airlines, offering cheap trips around the globe so you can book that vacation to show off your bikini butt. The funny thing is, well, don’t know if it’s funny, but it seems to be working on me just a teeny tiny bit.
I’m not running to the next fitness club to get a premium membership and only use it for two weeks, no, I actually got past that years ago and made exercising my habit (call me overachiever as much as you like!). Although I do need to train off those Christmas pounds…That other thing, however, keeps my mind running off with some mental suitcase and some mental pair of sunglasses. I don’t mind the cold (as long as it’s not raining), but I’m reaaaly looking forward to warmer days and a possible summer vacation. Spain? Oh yes! Italy? You bet! And some city trips here and there wouldn’t be so bad…
Okay before drifting off too far let’s get back to the reason I’m writing this: Do you remember this Marble and Gold Necklace from a few months ago? That background was actually adhesive marble foil, and that stuff was in the back of my mind for a while now. So I wanted to craft something with it, and this is what I came up with:
- Air-drying clay
- Adhesive marble foil
- Gold paint
- Tea light
- Super glue
- Pencil and paper
- Sharp knife
Start with the body of the votive: Form a round ball out of the air-drying clay, then cut off top and bottom so that you have kind of a cylindrical shape. With the sharp knife, cut off small parts of the body to give it a faceted look. Repeat this two times, but each time cut off a little more of the body’s top and bottom so you’ll have three shapes in different height but same diameter. Let everything dry for at least three days.
In the meantime, prepare the top of the votive: Take the tea light and with some paper and a pencil measure its perimeter and height, then cut out an according piece of paper. Roll out the clay until it’s about 2 millimetres thick. Place the template on the clay and cut out the shape, giving it about 2 millimetres extra (you’ll see why). Form the strip of clay into a ring and check if the tea light fits in easily. Repeat two times and let everything dry.
Time to pretty up everything: Check if the tea light still fits in properly (because the clay shrinks a bit when drying). If not, correct with sandpaper. Use your template again and cut out according pieces of adhesive marble foil. Just affix it to the clay ring and cut off excess foil, then repeat with the other ones.
For the body firstly sandpaper the dried shapes until everything is smooth, then paint it with gold paint (or any other colour you want). Let dry.
In the end just put top and bottom together with super glue and let dry. Done!
This project proved again that marble and gold are rather a good team but tend to look a bit lush. However these votives are small and are staying within the limits, and a little opulence seems to be just the right thing sometimes, doesn’t it? Tell me what you think!