So I have this friend, Angela, who is brilliant and bonkers in equal measures, and one of the only people who can really make me belly laugh, like truly belly laugh. We met at university and bonded over Sweet Valley High books, the word “dude” and Busta Rhymes, and have been firm friends ever since. Anyway, she recently moved into her own pad so I wanted to make her a moving-in present. She’s a fan of pineapples, so much so she even used to take them to parties… just because. I’ve seen these gold pineapples on the High Street (they are everywhere!), so I decided to make my own version using air dry clay. This was simple to make and hopefully will add a touch of a glitz to Angela’s new abode.
You will need:
- 300g Air Dry Modelling Clay
- Cling Film
- Rolling Pin
- Sharp Knife
- Pineapple Template and Paper
- Scrap of Craft Foam
- Fine Sandpaper
- Gold Paint
- Varnish and Paintbrush
- Begin by rolling out your clay between two sheets of cling film. Use a rolling pin to roll to a thickness of around 8mm. Remove the top layer of cling film.
2. On paper, draw a pineapple to a height of 28cm or use this template. Cut out and place on top of your clay. Use a sharp knife to cut around the template. Gently peel away the excess clay and remove the paper.
3. Dip your finger in a little water and use it to smooth out any lumps and bumps in the clay.
4. To create the pineapple pattern, use a ruler and knife to mark and score diagonal lines 1 inch apart in both directions. You want to cut deep enough to leave a mark without going all the way through to the base. Then cut a triangle small enough to fit in each square (created by the lines) from craft foam or corrugated card. Gently press it into each square and use your knife to remove it. Then place the pineapple and cling film in a large mixing bowl so the crown (top bit) and sides of the pineapple curve upwards. Leave to dry overnight.
5. Remove the dish from the mixing bowl and remove the cling film on the bottom. Leave to harden completely then lightly sand any rough edges with sandpaper.
6. Paint all of the pineapple gold, either with a few coats of acrylic paint or spray paint. If you use spray paint, don’t varnish it as it might react with the paint. I did this and it turned a nice shade of green, so learn from my mistake! If you use acrylic paint you can finish with a coat of varnish to add shine and durability.
Angela, let’s hang out more, if only it is to give you this present – and congratulations on your new home.
~ Laura xx ~