Geometric Clay Jewellery

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I love a bit of air dry clay, as you might have noticed if you’re a regular visitor (if so, sorry to be doing yet another clay project. I’m just obsessed with the stuff!) and if you don’t have access to a kiln air dry clay is almost as good as the real thing. It’s obviously not as tough or water proof, but with a good lick of varnish it can pass for a real piece of clay. So I thought I’d make some simple geometric pieces, and I love how they turned out. What I did NOT love were the pictures of me that me and Laura took to show the jewellery. I realised looking at the pics that I’m suddenly old and wrinkly with a saggy chin.  No amount of photoshopping can fix that!

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Mini Makers: Clay Plant Pots

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We ❤ air dry clay. But it’s only recently that our kids are starting to enjoy the stuff too (previous attempts haven’t always ended well with our kids either eating the clay or mushing it into their hair). Once you’re out of the toddler zone air dry clay is a fantastic medium for them to play around with – easy to mould, inexpensive, paintable and felt tip pen-able! Hobbycraft asked us to come up with an easy craft for kids using clay, so we decided to make these teeny plant pots, which are ridiculously easy to make with the help of a loo roll tube!

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Mini Makers: Clay Heart BFF Necklaces

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Show your Bestie some love with these clay necklaces. They’re easy to make with kids and can be decorated with paint like ours – or you can also use felt tip pens or even stickers on the clay.

For our full tutorial on how to make them, head over to the Hobbycraft website.

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

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DIY Teacher’s Gift: Apple Key Dish

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As it’s nearly the summer holidays our lovely friends at Cath Kinston asked us to come up with a handmade teacher’s gift. So we thought what better way to say thank you to teachers for all their hard work than with an apple… key dish! This is made from air dry clay and then painted and is easy enough for school children to do. For the full tutorial on how to make the dish head over to the Cath Kidston blog.

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Our Ice Cream Magnets in Mollie Makes!

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We have to share with you our very exciting news!! We are in this month’s copy of Mollie Makes – our absolute favourite craft magazine. And it makes us VERY excited. We have been reading the magazine every month since it started and to be featured in it is something we have hoped for since we began our blog 3 years ago. So we’re happy right now!

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Air Dry Clay Necklace

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If you haven’t noticed by now, air dry clay is one of my favourite things to work with. I love being able to make ceramic items without a kiln – and I know the finish isn’t quite as durable or watertight as the real thing, but it’s pretty damn good all the same. So I made myself an air dry clay necklace last week. Actually, I’m lying. I made it for someone else. But I liked it, so… mine. I know, that’s not very nice but still. Mine.

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Clay Panda Plates

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I’m loving pandas right now. I’d quite like to make a panda cushion actually… but perhaps I’m too old to have pandas on my sofa (am I? probably). I’m definitely too old to be wearing anything with pandas on it. So for now I thought I’d stick to a nice pair of clay panda plates to hold trinkets and jewels. These are made from air-dry clay which is so easy to work with and when done right looks just like normal clay. Bear (panda bear) in mind that the clay will take a couple of days to set. It is also not as hardy as real clay and certainly won’t survive any contact with water. I mean, its air-dry… so… that’s obvious, right?!

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Easy Polymer Clay Jewellery

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I’ve always loved fimo, when I was little I used to make tons of toy food and things for my dolls house. But I haven’t really made anything with it as an adult, I’m not sure why. We’ve done a few polymer clay projects for Hobbycraft recently and its reminded me how great the stuff is. It’s easy to work with, solid and waterproof – making it great for jewellery.

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Nap time crafts: Polymer Princesses

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For another project, I’ve recently been making a lot of very cute and girly things that I haven’t been able to give to Amelie. It’s made me feel so bad, she comes into my craft room (I say craft room, I’ve basically stolen the conservatory and renamed it. Anyone else find that craft stuff seems to just breed?!), she gets all excited and I have to quickly remove her from the area before she creates damage. So I decided to make her some little princesses from fimo. I gave her some lumps too (small ones, this stuff is expensive!) and she made some grotesque looking warped princesses too.

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Kids Project: Button Mosaic Turtle

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This little fella would be very happily hang in a little one’s bedroom. He’s super easy to make with the help of some air dry clay and a handful of coloured buttons. Hop over to Hobbycraft to see our blog post on how to make him. Complete with template and video tutorial!

 

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Air Dry Clay Toy Biscuits

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Amelie loves popping foods into her toy cooker and ‘baking’ them, so I thought I’d make her some biscuits from air dry clay. These cute little yummies turned out really well (apart from the Oreo… that one was a bit dodgy) and I think they were my favourite thing I’ve made for her so far! Except that I wanted to eat biscuits the entire time I was making them. Read on to learn how to make your own.

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Make Your Own Cloud Clay Mobile

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Inspired by this tutorial on www.creaturecomfortsblog.com (which in itself is a really adorable blog), and given my current fetish with all things made of clay, I decided to have a go at making a little air-dry clay mobile of my own for my little one’s bedroom. I recently put some sticky stars on her ceiling and she loves to stare at them from her cot (“oooooh, DAR!”) so I thought I could do with a bit more ceiling decoration. So here’s how I did it…

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DIY Clay Ring

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago about a DIY crayon ring, I’ve been wanting to wanting to make some air-dry clay jewellery for ages now. So I decided to try making something that combined clay and thread, using the thread to stitch a pattern on the ring. I am actually very happy with how it turned out and it was very easy too! Read on for how to make your own…

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Some Little Fat Robin Christmas Decorations

I’m having a bit of an air-dry clay obsession at the moment, and this week I made some little Christmas decorations for my tree. They didn’t come out exactly as I planned them in my head… but I thought I’d share anyway as the quirky homemade decorations are always nicer than the bought ones. Right?!

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I Built a Little House

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As the shops constantly remind us, Christmas is just round the corner! Jingaling! Okay so I DO love getting that Christmassy feeling… but I don’t like getting it in October, so that by December I’m a bit bored of it. But maybe that’s just me!

On the plus side, the good thing is that festive reminders give us crafty and organised folk (I’m not the latter, although I try to be every year!) a chance to get creative on our Christmas presents. This year, I thought I might dig out the air dry clay and make some little pottery gifts. I thought a candle holder would be nice so I decided to make one shaped like a little house – I saw one in Butlers a few weeks back and it looked like it could be quite simple to emulate. It only few hours to make, with some overnight drying time. Here’s the finish (prototype!) house:

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