Monday, 6 February 2012

Fresh vintage bowl

Hello there, I hope you are well and had a great weekend. Are you snowed it? we had 6” of snow here, my car is still buried on the drive and the road is a big thick sheet of ice. I have been doing  jobs inside the house today however I need to get out tomorrow and I do hope it will melt down a bit.

At our class last month we played with air dry clay and made some fabulous Valentine ornaments. The inspiration behind them came from Pinterest, I love that site so much there were lots of ornaments and plaques and tags so I decided to have a go.

The ladies loved them just as much as I did and since then I made a bowl, lots of cute  tags and more lovely hearts. Here’s the one we made in class.

heart

Now this particular one had an accident as it snapped in half when I tried to check if it was dry (I know). I started by rolling out the clay then inking my stamp in Pool Party ink before stamping straight into the clay. I used a pizza cutter to trim around and get a tidy edge but a knife would work just as well. You can wet your finger and smooth down every imperfection left by the knife.  Please bear in mind the fact that whatever colour ink you are using it will dry a lot lighter. Once dry I sponged some shimmer paint and this instantly offered a lovely distressed look as well as added a very pretty sparkle.

I didn’t stop there and made another one straight away, this time left the colour white but had a bit of fun with the edges. I love everything ruffled so it was only natural that I’d try it.

heart fluted

The detail from the stamps is  mind blowing, really pretty. If you even made a pie in your life you will know exactly what to do with those edges if you haven’t then simply pinch the edge of the clay and curl it with your fingers to achieve a fluted edge. I hang this over a bird cage I have on my radiator cover in the kitchen

heart fluted-2

as you can see I couldn’t refrain from adding a bit of Crumb Cale ink to the front of it.

And then I got a bit more adventurous and made a bowl. This time I used the Fresh Vintage stamp free with a qualifying purchase until March 31.

bowl-2

Here it is  a bit wavy at the top but I took the photo before it fully dried, I have since sanded the edge to a smooth finish and spray painted it white and it now holds a selection of pretty jewellery on my bedside table.

bracelet-2

And look at my gorgeous Simply Adorned bracelet, I am wearing it all the time much more than my locket although I am addicted at changing my art work for it.  Is Simply gorgeous Red heartit.

Right I hope you like my pretties today, till next time big hugs xxx

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15 comments :

Gail S. said...

Beautiful!!! Do you purchase the clay or do you make it by using a recipe? I love this idea - thank you for sharing with us! We got snow in the US (Nebraska) also (about the same as you 5-6 inches)

Jane Goldman said...

This is so lovely Monica ! Thank you for the inspiration; it's amazing how versatile these stamp sets can be !
Hugs Jane x

Elizabeth said...

GORGEOUS projects Monica. I have a collection on hearts on my wall and I now I NEED to make one of these. Like you I love my bracelet - isn't the artwork fun to create?

Moira said...

Wow, what great projects, the plate and the hearts look wonderful. Hugs and bises.

Marisa said...

Wow!! These are gorgeous Monica!

Thanks for sharing xx

Emily said...

Wow Monica...

Those hearts are simply stunning and the bowl reminds me of a Kaiser Porcalain vase I have.

I will definitely be trying this technique out.

Thanks for sharing

Hugs Emily x

Susan said...

So pretty!
Do you have a link for the air-dry clay please?

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Could you please tell me what stamp set was used for the first heart? Can't wait to try one. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

Michelle Last said...

WOW, gotta love Pinterest x

scrappy géri said...

wow Monica! these hearts are awesome! I love them!
It's a great idea ;)
we had about 5-6 inches of snow here in France but nothing much left this afternoon even though the temperature varied from -14 to -4 today... brrr

Nati said...

beautiful!!
Nati from Brazil
http://natiquill.blogspot.com

Annette said...

You are soooo clever, beautiful projects as always. Wish I lived a bit closer to you, would love to have a crafting session with you xxx Annette xxx

Annette said...

Wonderful, beautiful projects as always Monica, only wish we lived a little closer to you as would love to be able to craft with you more often xxx Annette xxx

Stephanie said...

Hi Monica, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog - so nice that you stopped by! Hope you're well, I'm always checking up on you - your projects are some of my favourites in blogland so I stalk regularly lol xxx

Florence said...

This is gorgeous!!! Makes me want to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration! Take care.