Fancy Floral Box
- Wooden box
- Studio by Sculpey Clay*: Whipped Cream
- FolkArt Acrylic Paint (Plaid): Sky Blue
- Tools*: Clay Roller; Clay Knife; Style & Detail Tool, 12mm; Lift & Scrape
- Double Leaf Shape Maker (Floral Set II)*
- One Stroke Flat Paintbrush (Plaid), 3/4”
- E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive (Eclectic Products)
- Oven and parchment-lined baking sheet
- Oven Thermometer*
- *Products by Polyform Products
- 1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition entire package of Whipped Cream clay, and roll into a ball. (see photos)
- 2. Roll ball into long snake.
- 3. Cut off sections as they get too long.
- 4. Lay pieces of clay out on box. Make sure to add movement to vines by shaping them to look more natural. Flatten middle vine just a bit at the bottom using your finger. Make vine on right a bit wider by adding more vines into the base.
- 5. Condition clay not used for vines above and roll out with acrylic roller. Use double leaf shape maker to cut 30 leaves.
- 6. For smaller leaves, take shape maker down just a bit on previously cut leaf and cut off rounded top. The further down it is cut the smaller the leaf will be. Use finger to soften edges.
- 7. Take rounded part of leaf between thumb and index finger and use clay knife to pinch leaf and attach to vine. Shape tips and give leaf some interest by shaping them in desired direction. Make them look as natural as possible.
- 8. Roll small vines and attach to some leaves and attach end of vine to a main vine on your piece. Make sure to use rubber end of Style & Detail tool to smooth out clay intersections.
- 9. For smallest leaves take small ball of clay and shape into leaf. Pinch end of leaf on end of clay knife and insert into vine. Add a small vine as shown in Step 8 and attach small leaves to vine in same way.
- 10. Attach all leaves.
- 11. Condition and roll out remaining Whipped Cream clay. Cut out six leaves using double leaf shape maker. Use rubber end of Style & Detail tool and staring at rounded end of leaf, pull rubber tool down leaf in shape of a comma. Repeat across entire leaf. (Note: Do not pick up excess clay as you will cut more shapes for Step 12.)
- 12. Create 28 more leaves with double leaf shape maker. Use these for flowers on box. Smooth edges with index finger to remove any tool markings.
- 13. Roll six small pieces of clay into six balls, and use finger to flatten into small discs for base for flower petals to sit on. Some leaves are too big so take rounded part of leaf between thumb and index finger and pinch off some excess at the tip. The more you pinch off the smaller the petal.
- 14. Take tip of petal and pinch around tip of clay knife. Insert into disc. Pick up another petal and insert continuing until flower is complete.
- 15. Place completed flowers where desired. Pinch off a small piece of excess clay and roll into a ball for flower center. Place in middle of flower and use rubber end of Style & Detail tool to push dots into ball.
- 16. Cut a piece of cardstock to fit box lid. Arrange clay on cardstock as desired and bake on it. Since some wooden boxes release sap as they are baked, cardstock is a better option.
- 17. Bake at 275°F for 30 minutes.
- 18. Basecoat box Sky Blue. Let dry.
- 19. Glue baked clay designs to box. Use a toothpick to apply glue to back of vines and smaller leaves.
by Sandy McTier for Polyform Products