By Request: Clay Flower Tutorial & WOYWW!

Happy Wednesday folks!  Last week I posted a recipe for Hybrid Art Clay and I had lots of sweet comments on the tutorial. I also had a request for a video showing how to make the clay roses. I decided to film a tutorial on how to make them as well as these simple Calla lilies:

 

That would also be pretty for Mother’s Day! I’ll also show you how to make the fluffy stamens from wire and styrofoam!

Here is a look at the roses you will also learn to make in todays free video:

The video is shot in frame (gasp!) so you can actually see what the heck I am doing (I really hope you appreciate this because I had to re-shoot it LOL!)

Because it is What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday I’ll show you a picture of my clay drying rack I made from old wire storage cubes. Do you remember those?  They used to always go on sale for $10 a set at Ames about 10 years ago and I probably bought 5 sets ha ha! I like how you can re-configure them in minutes and then take them apart and store them in a flat stack. I explain how to make it at the end of the video but in case you don’t make it that far I’ll recap. Assemble a 5 sided cube with the metal sections and corner connectors. Use small binder clips or zip ties to place as many shelves as you need inside. I used binder clips (you can get packs of 12 clips at the dollar sore) so that I can quickly take it apart. The clay is light so the clips are fine. If you want to use this for storing paper you can, just use zip ties instead to make it strong enough. I lined the shelves with window screening (you could also use sheets of plastic canvas) so the clay does not fall through but also so that air can circulate from all sides preventing warping and hastening drying time.

I did a little research and found that you can still get these but the price is higher. Target has them for the lowest price, around $25 online but I’d call before heading out to your local store to make sure they carry them and that the price is good. They were $44 at other stores online like walmart. Or wait for a yard sale, for some reason people like to get rid of these, little do they know how handy they can be!

That’s all for today and til next time happy crafting!

15 Responses

  1. A really gorgeous project and a fab tutorial, thanks for sharing :)

    Have a great WOYWW and a lovely week, hugs, Karen xx #12

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  2. Will pop back to take a look at your tutorial, thanks! the drying rack is a great use of an old item! x April #85

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  3. Never thought of using one as a drying rack…brilliant! Lovely flowers too! Happy WOYWW #130

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  4. I love the video. How pretty. You make it look so easy. Makes me want to head over to Michael’s and pick up some clay! Thank you for taking the time to make video and sharing it with us.

    Belinda (#130)

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  5. Gorgeous card and a great tutorial too. Love your shelves too!

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  6. When I was a young adult I used to covet those wire shelving units. I totally wanted to cover a wall in them for various storage needs. But alas, I was too poor for them. I just “knew” if I planned to buy a few at a time they would quit making them. Yet, here they are years (and years) later still going strong. Since I don’t move every 6 months or so now I might as well get wood furniture, like I’m an adult or something. Anyway, love the drying rack! Judy #140

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  7. Wowee they are fantastic – thanks for sharing – Hazel, WOYWW #10 x

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  8. Wonderful tutorial! I Loved the idea of making your own flower soft, that’s a neat trick! Waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  9. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. You do some great work and I love the thought of making your own flower soft:)

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  10. Love your rose and the calla lillies made using your DIY clay. Beautiful.

    Leslie

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  11. What a fab tutorial, love the lilies too. Hugs,Amanda #123

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  12. Great tutorial–I saw this posted at the Gingersnap group, too, I think it was Gingersnaps . . .

    :)trisha
    #181

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  13. OOoooooo! great work. I found your tutorial and clay recipe very interesting. I’m always on the look out for substitutes. I found a recipe for making inkpads and embossing pads I haven’t tried it yet but intend to have a go. Let me know if you want to have a copy. Keep up the experimenting x toni #142

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  14. Love you cana lillies, your flowers are beautiful.

    Eliza #19

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