I am finally getting nearer and nearer to my summer vacation, and I am so excited! Although the weather right now is perfect and I enjoy my free time (not working) crafting and playing guitar and watching Gilmore girls and sitting in the sun, vacation is of course a step further. A change of air, surroundings, food, people. Let’s say I am counting the days.
So let’s get to pineapples. Pineapples were never my favourite kind of fruit as a kid, and I just cannot explain that fact to myself. Because well, pineapples are awesome! Juicy, fruity, part of a piña colada… pineapples express summer like sunscreen and ice cream, and even more so they have an extraordinary shape which is perfect for decorating basically anything. So it’s a trend right now and I usually try to avoid trends (yeah yeah, works well with the copper) but with this one I want to decorate the hell out of it! Well, let’s start small shall we?
- Air-drying clay
- White acrylic paint
- Gold paint
- Transparent varnish
- Wooden skewer
- Sharp knife
- Rolling pin
- Sand paper
Start by printing out a pineapple design or sketching one yourself. Cut that out. Roll out the clay until it’s about 3mm thick, then place the template on the rolled out clay and cut out the pineapple with a sharp knife. By help of your fingers and the skewer form a rim so you get a dish.
Draw a checked pattern by help of the wooden skewer. Let everything dry for at least two days.
Sand off the pineapple to smoothen the edges.
Paint the whole pineapple in a layer of white paint.
Paint the top of the pineapple in gold paint. Cover everything in transparent varnish and let dry. That’s it!
Well apart from all the waiting for the clay to dry this was a fairly easy project, and now finally my pineapple obsession is (partly) satisfied. And I have a nice place for my ear studs! I really like the white and gold contrast because this always looks quite classy. You can of course leave the whole thing white or paint it in gold. Hope you are inspired!