Clay Holly Bowl

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

STEP 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.

STEP 2

  • Use small holly-shaped leaf cutter to cut 10 leaves from Evergreen sheet.

STEP 3

  • Use needle tool to draw vein on each leaf.

STEP 4

  • Pinch wide edge of each leaf together and attach ends in pairs.

STEP 5

  • Condition four blocks of Pomegranate clay.

STEP 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.)

STEP 7

  • Arrange three berries in center of each pair of holly leaves.

STEP 8

  • Adhere finished holly pieces to rim of clean, glass bowl, overlapping leaves as shown.

STEP 9

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions to back bowl in oven. Let cool completely in oven before removing.

STEP 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.

STEP 11

  • Use paintbrush to apply a generous coat of antiquing medium to surface of leaves and berries.

STEP 12

  • Wipe excess medium from surface with a slightly damp paper towel.

STEP 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.

STEP 14

  • Apply glue at all points where underside of leaves touches glass bowl to secure.
by Laura Griffin for Polyform Products
Clay Holly Bowl
Clay Holly Bowl