Hello there friends!
It has a been a little while hasn’t it? As Jenny said in her post about her lovely craft room last week, we've had a little holiday from blogging and it has been so nice to take a break and slow down a little. I say a little because with the family around over the Easter break for 3 weeks in total, it hasn't been possible to properly slow down but it has been lovely!
So the Easter hols are now over and the normal routine has been resumed. The kids are back at school and my hubby is back at work. We all spent such a lot of time in the garden during the Spring break, each of us enjoying it in our own way. I have been getting very excited about growing some flowers, fruit and vegetables this year. So far, I have planted from seed, sweet peas, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots and chamomile and all look promising so far. It is amazing how much love and hope goes into every little seed that I have pushed gently into the soil!
Inspired by my new found love of growing things, I have been at the air drying clay again and these fruit and veg magnets have been such fun to make. This is definitely one of my all time favourite mediums (media?) to work with. I could squeeze, roll, cut, smooth, file and paint all day long! If you have read our blog for a little while, you will know this isn’t the first tutorial I have written using air drying clay. Have a look at our ‘Crafting with Clay’ category for more inspiration!
What you need is:
2 plastic trays - one to roll the clay out on, one for drying the clay.
Non stick craft rolling pin such as this one with the 3mm rings attached.
Slim paint brushes.
Porcelain paints such as these - you could also use poster or acrylic paint, but these porcelain paints created a lovely gloss finish.
Small pots or ramekin dishes to mix the paint in.
Gloss varnish - I used Fimo (polymer clay) gloss varnish.
Small magnets such as these.
Glue - I used this.
What you do is:
Break off a chunk of clay (size depends on how many magnets you want to make). Wrap up the rest of the clay using cling film to keep moist.
Knead the clay in your hands for a bit. I love this bit of the process so I do it for far longer than I need to! A few squeezes will do!
Put the 3mm thickness markers onto the rolling pin and roll out the clay until it stops getting any thinner.
Press the different fruit and veg cookie cutters into the clay making sure to press down to make the patterns.
Peel off the spare clay once you have used all possible space in the clay and set aside to roll and make more if desired. If you have enough at this stage, add this spare clay to the remaining clay and wrap well in cling film and then foil to keep fresh and moist.
Now peel off each clay shape from the tray and smooth the edges with your finger.
Place on another tray covered in cling film.
Repeat with the remaining shapes and leave to dry according to the clay manufacturer’s guidelines. I usually leave mine for about 48 hours. Keep an eye on it whilst it dries and carefully press down any raised bits.
Once dry, apply a layer of porcelain paint, which you have mixed to the desired colours, to the sides and the top of each shape. I used a small slim brush which I found worked well in the grooves created by the presser on each cutter.
Allow to dry, again following the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Once the paint is dry, apply a layer of gloss varnish to each shape, giving them a little extra durability. Allow to dry.
Turn the shapes over and using a small amount of glue, attach a magnet to the back of each shape.
Once the glue has set and dried, your magnets are free to use! Aren’t they bright and fun?!
My favourites are the aubergine and the tomato…..
Well I’m off to read up about how to protect my tomatoes from the slugs and snails once I plant them out into the garden. At the moment, they are safe on my windowsill and doing very well!
Have a lovely weekend flowers! See you back here very soon, lots and lots of love,