Reconstruct Timeworn Silverware

Old silverware that has sentimental value could look a bit banged, or just a tad boring, yet it is something you want to keep, so the best way to make these fit in with your modern kitchen is to give it a facelift. Reusing and recycling is a great way to give new life to timeworn pieces while it is also a fun project that costs next to nothing. What you want is an easy project that offers a dramatic change, and the great news is that you get to choose the style, colour and overall look for the recycled silverware. The simplest way is to use stamps you might have previously used for other art projects or maybe it is time to invest in one you really like.

Let the Reconstructing Fun Begin

It is exciting to plan the colour, pattern and make the new look fit in with your current décor style, for the handles you could make your own clay or purchase some from most art shops. The list of materials required is short and affordable:

Clay: basalt, sienna or granite and the colour can be tinted in a variety of colours, to make the clay you need to mix one part of granite with ¼ part of the desired colour.
Invest in a clay blade, select all your timeworn silverware and get yourself some Neapaque acrylic paint in the colour of your choice. In shaping the artwork on the handles, you could use a stamp, shells or other shapes, while a rolling pin or pasta machine comes in handy. Apart from an old used towel, you will also need a ¾” stencil brush.

Clear Your Schedule Its Recycling Time

Once the clay is ready, roll it out on the third thickest setting, which means just short of 1/8” thick, remove on end of the sheet of clay and use for the straight edge. Once done the handle of the silverware can be placed on the clay and you can trim the edges around the silverware’s handle. The rest of the clay sheet then gets folded over the handle, then trimmed and the edges get pressed together until you are sure it tightly fits around the handle while you try and get most bubbles removed. Trim the edges and grab your stamps or other shapes to start making your individual mark on the silverware.

While pressing the stamp or another pattern it is best to hold the silverware on their working ends, and it makes it easy should you wish to use different stamps pressed over each other, one at a time, while it is important to also remember stamping on the sides.Preheat the oven to around 275-degrees and bake the silverware for half an hour, let it rest in the over to cool down, and once it is hard and cooled down, you get to start using the stencil brush. Get the paint in all the deeper pattern lines left by the stamp and to give it an antiquing look a damp cloth can be used to remove some of the paint.

Make Your Own Unique Polymer Clay Jewellery

The latest trend in food, furniture and even clothing are moving back towards more natural products and that gives you all the more reason to create your own Polymer Clay necklace, bracelets, and even earrings. Once you get it down to a fine art you can make exclusive pieces to match your every outfit and searching gifts will be something of the past. Hand-made jewellery makes brilliant gifts, and you can style it to suit the birthday girl or a family member perfectly, well that also takes care of quite a few Christmas gifts. So, there is a method in the madness of having too much fun, as that is exactly what making your own jewellery with Polymer clay is all about.

Let’s Go Shopping for Supplies!

First, on the affordable list of things you’ll need is the Polymer clay available at most art shops in a variety of different colours, add a craft knife, oven tray, skewer, baking paper, and twine or letter, and the only other thing you require is a working oven.

Get Comfortable – You’ll Love Creating Your Very First Necklace

The first step is to cover your work surface with a piece of baking paper and then choose your favourite or planned colour as well as white Polymer clay. Start by cutting a few pieces of about half an inch in size of both the white and your selected colour. Put one of each aside and continue to cut the remaining pieces into smaller squares. The sizes should differ as that provides different shades of let’s say green or pink (depending on the colour you selected). By adding more white clay, the shade will be lighter, and with less white clay the colour will be darker. Blend the different size clay blocks together, one white one green for example and roll these into beads, continue rolling until the colours are seamlessly and completely mixed.

Once all colours are rolled into beads, cut each in half, and then flatten each of the halves by placing them between sheets of baking paper. It is easy to roll them with your finger or with a class. The aim is to create discs or about 3 mm and just short of a 1/8”. The flat end of the skewer can then be used to poke each of the disks through the centre, and the disks can then be transferred to the baking tray, while the oven and baking instructions provided on the packaging should be followed. While the disks are in the oven, you can measure and cut the desired length of leather or twine so that it is ready for when the disks are cooled down and ready to leave the oven.
Now that you have the knowledge you can play and try different things, like creating your own beads, and tons of other things.

Claire Heye’s Magpie Gallery Exhibition – “Clay Then and Now”

With a shop located in Arroy Seco, named Claireworks, most would know her work with fine jewelry, which might be her main focus, but back in the 1970s when Haye started out, she quickly made a name for herself with clay.

Clay Then and Now is her new showing at the Overland Ranch Compound, bringing back memories for those who knew her early work. However, with the extradentary designs and fine detail, even those who’ve never heard of her are bound to be inspired by the work. The exhibition took place on the 6th of Oct 2018 where she featured new pieces, all of which were created by clay. As described by the press release, her work is just as skillfully executed and whimsical as we’ve had the pleaser of seeing in the finer details she includes with metal.

Viewers Given A Glimpse into Artists Life

The Press release featured many other details about the artist, giving new viewers a history of the exciting works and where she began. It tells readers about the first ten years of her studio live, which were devoted to working with clay as she would roll out sheets of terra cotta and turn them into interesting, intricate sculptures, which was only some of her first work to get her noticed. Not long after, Haye became known as the queen when it came to construction with slabs, especially with the bigger, brighter and more complex designs, some of which stand as tall as 7’. Of course, this is a major achievement for the artist, especially when considering her work began with smaller items such as table tops.

With the creation of the larger sculptures, Haye found a world of new challenges, which doesn’t only relate to the work and creating these magnificent works of art, but also transporting them, especially the larger ceramics, which became one of her most popular categories. During the 1980s, many of her sculptures were acquired by both private and public collectors, including Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza who acquired some of her work and had it flown over to Paris by private jet.

Late in the 1980s, Haye decided to discover new opportunities and widen her abilities within the art world. She didn’t want to become known just for her work in clay but rather wanted to be known as an artist, including poetry, painting and sculptures of other materials. She found herself creating work that involved painting, creating sculptures from bronze and even a few other avenues of art.

From the work she’s done with bronze, Jim Wagner who’s an artist and fellow friend of Haye introduced her to the possibilities of jewellery. She also had the help of Kit Schuetze to get started within the industry.

As we all know by now, Haye went with the jewellery opportunity and actually started off with just pins of silver, which reflected a lot of her earlier work of whimsical figures. In 1997, she opened Claireworks, which remains her primary focus to this day.

How to DIY With Clay

In 2018, it’s nearly impossible to not hear someone talk about or see a video of DIY projects. A DIY, also known as doing it yourself, the project has grown in popularity so much n the last five years that there are websites and YouTube channels dedicated to showing off fun DIY things to try at home. Which means every tool imaginable from toothpicks, wooden letters, to even rocks have been used. Though, some of the artier people might appreciate that doing a DIY project with clay can create a stunning masterpiece with a personal touch or even just have something fun to do with the kids and friends. Though starting the process of doing your own clay DIY will take some preparation and this list will give you the highlights of how to go about it!

Should I Buy or Make Clay

This all depends on your personal preference. If you’re a person that rather buy premade clay due to whatever reasons, then looking online at art stores or even Amazon could find you a good deal. Just be sure to research what kind of clay that you want to use, and yes, there ate different types of clay: porcelain, stoneware, and earthenware. Each one has it’s different properties, but as a basic rundown – porcelain clay is pure white and is commonly used for pottery, stoneware has more pores and a greyer color what white, and earthenware has a brighter shade of an orangish red and has a thicket feeling. It’s also important to keep into considering how much clay is needed as buying more than needed can be seen as a waste of money.

If you want to go the full DIY path and make your own clay, there are dozens of recipes which can be done at home. Many of them are non-toxic and will allow you to create colorful clay without panting it which just makes the DIY project even more personal and fun. Additionally, there are so many ways to make your clay, some are non-baked, baked, frozen, or left to dry. Always be sure to look at the recipe though as you never want to make sloppy clay that cannot even be used for a project.

Different Kinds of Projects

Now that you have your clay prepared, it’s time to look to some creative DIY projects you can use it for. The first and most obvious step of this is to find what you feel like creating, even if it’s as simple as making clay animals to decorate your home or an elaborate bowl or vase that you want to use.

As some motivation, you can consider making a flower put as your starting clay project. The shape is easy to mold, and you can find so many ways to decorate it. Plus, you can be the one person that can say that you have living plants in your personally crafted pot. Another fun idea is to craft a necklace with your clay. One exciting way to do it is by creating a shape, animal, or a design, customizing it, and finally wearing it or hanging up.

How to Create Polymer Clay Molds

Materials needed to make polymer clay molds: Scrap clay, well conditioned (use a firm clay, like Kato) Tissue blade, sharp Ta…

Materials needed to make polymer clay molds:

  • Scrap clay, well conditioned (use a firm clay, like Kato)
  • Tissue blade, sharp
  • Talcum powder or cornstarch
  • Soft paintbrush
  • Small ceramic tile
  • Acrylic block (optional)
  • Small container with cold water
  • Selection of buttons and charms

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How To Use Kato Poly Paste

Use Kato Poly Paste to secure polymer clay forms. What is Poly Paste? Poly Paste is polymer clay in a sticky, paste form. As other polymer …

Use Kato Poly Paste to secure polymer clay forms.

What is Poly Paste?

Poly Paste is polymer clay in a sticky, paste form. As other polymer products, it requires heat to cure.

Poly Paste does not melt or run, making it ideal as a gap filler.

The stickiness of the Poly Paste makes it ideal for bonding odd shaped cured clay pieces or bonding when the two objects are precariously placed. It will grab and hold through the curing process.