Recently I have been experimenting with different techniques using air-drying clay. All you need is a little bit of patience and time for the clay to dry, but it’s the perfect option if you’re cramming in a craftathon in to a busy schedule as you can go back to it any time. It requires zero preparation, no baking, and it’s pretty forgiving if you make a mistake. I love a good saying and a bit of bunting, so I decided to combine the two in this fun clay bunting project!
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Golden Taklon Brush Set 10 Pack
DAS Hardwood Clay Modelling Tools 7 Pack
Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker In Black
White Air Drying Clay 1kg
Pebeo White Matt Acrylic Paint 59ml
Mod Podge Gloss 59ml
Non-Stick Clay Rolling Pin 22.6cm
Shocking Pink Satin Ribbon 20 mm x 15 m
Top Tip!…I highly recommend using a plastic bag as a surface to roll your clay on to. Air-drying clay has a tendency to stick to surfaces, so to save your hard work from being ruined use a plastic bag for easy-peel.
Air drying clay is so simple to use. Just remove the packaging and take an amount that you require to mould. I always keep a glass of water close by incase I feel the clay becomes to dry. Adding water will help, but be careful not to add too much!
I used printed templates to cut out the shapes, and a ‘rolling pin’ to flatten the clay to the required thickness.
Use a needle/ large cocktail stick to create holes in to your pieces – on my bunting flags I created holes for the ribbon to thread through later on.
When all pieces are complete, leave in a cool, dry space to allow the air-drying clay to completely dry. This is when patience and time is needed as you’ll need to leave them for 2-3 days depending on the thickness of your products.
Keep checking your clay items to see how they are drying. You may need to turn them over every once in a while so they get full coverage of air.
When the clay is completely dry and stiffened it’s time to start decorating your pieces. You can use porcelain paints and porcelain pens, but acrylic paint does also work well too.
For the bunting, I simply painted a letter on to each triangle to spell the words Be-you-tiful. Once the porcelain paint and layer of mod podge was dry, I threaded the triangles on to some ribbon to create the final bunting garland.
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