Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Small creations

I don't think I just talk for myself when I say that Pinterest is a great source for both inspiration and procrastination. "I'm just going to have a quick look on Pinterest" has a tendency of turning into a whole evening filled with pinning. Most of the time I just pin it and forget it, but there was something with this tutorial that I tumbled upon on Pinterest that I found especially appealing. Before I forgot it again...

...until I found a bag of something called "doll clay" in my local crafts store. It is very light and it doesn't require baking, it will just dry in room temperature. I don't have a picture of the clay because this happened long long time (a couple of months) ago.

I had a great time playing with the different kind of effects you can make. My favorites are these two bowls I use to store some of my jewelry in.
The pattern is made by a crocheted doily.
I painted the pattern in two different shades of purple.
In addition to the two bowls with the doily pattern, I also made some with a pattern from a little bush branch I found in the garden.
I just used a rolling pin to make the pattern. 
The bowls with the branch pattern has just been standing in a cabinet the last couple of months, waiting for me to do something with them. I finally got around to it here the other night.
I used the colors Green Light, Sap Green and Burnt Sienna.
The paint I used is a cheap acrylic paint that is mainly meant to be used on canvas, but it seems to have dried very well on the clay, and with a layer of lacquer over it I don't anticipate any problems.
I think the pattern is nice in itself, but the paint makes it really stand out. 
I don't think the clay is very strong, and the bowls are very thin and light. They work very well for my jewelry, but I wouldn't use them for anything heavy. And even with a layer of lacquer, I don't think they would survive much time in water. That being said, I think they are very decorative and I'm really happy with the result!


  1. I've never heard of doll clay before, but now I want some, the bowls look so pretty!

    Pinterest is my downfall. I've only done one project and made a few of the desserts. I get stuck in the funny and quotes and geek sections too much.

    1. I hadn't heard about it before either. It said on the package that it was meant to be used for making doll faces and hands, but I think it worked quite well for my bowls as well.

      I know the funny and quotes section of Pinterest... I've spent far too much time there! But good to know it isn't just me...