Clay Holly Bowl


size: 7”

Materials

  • Glass potpourri bowl, 7”
  • Studio by Sculpey*: Clay: Evergreen; Pomegranate; Chocolate Brown Antiquing Medium; Super Satin Glaze

Tools

  • Studio by Sculpey*: ShapeMakers: Leaf Set I; 5-in-1 Clay Tool
  • Soft paint brush
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or Studio by Sculpey Acrylic Roller
  • Glass or ceramic work surface
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Toaster oven

Directions

  • 1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition 12 blocks of Evergreen clay. Roll clay into flat sheet using fourth largest setting on pasta machine. If using acrylic roller instead, roll clay to 1/16” thick.
  • 2. Use small holly-shaped leaf cutter to cut 10 leaves from Evergreen sheet.
  • 3. Use needle tool to draw vein on each leaf.
  • 4. Pinch wide edge of each leaf together and attach ends in pairs.
  • 5. Condition four blocks of Pomegranate clay.
  • 6. Pinch off small pieces of clay and roll 15 pea-sized balls for berries. (Note: For same-sized berries, condition clay into flat sheet and use small cutter in any shape to cut 15 identical pieces of clay before rolling into berries.)
  • 7. Arrange three berries in center of each pair of holly leaves.
  • 8. Adhere finished holly pieces to rim of clean, glass bowl, overlapping leaves as shown.
  • 9. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to back bowl in oven. Let cool completely in oven before removing.
  • 10. Gently remove holly ring from top of bowl. If clay, however, is already securely adhered to glass bowl, leave baked clay in place for remaining steps.
  • 11. Use paintbrush to apply a generous coat of antiquing medium to surface of leaves and berries.
  • 12. Wipe excess medium from surface with a slightly damp paper towel.
  • 13. Clean brush with water for next step. When patina is dry, use brush to apply coat of satin glaze over clay leaves and berries.
  • 14. Apply glue at all points where underside of leaves touches glass bowl to secure.

by Laura Griffin for Polyform Products

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