Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Woodland Clay Pins

Woodland Clay Pins | Red Circle Crafts

I love making things with clay, although I often feel a little out of my depth, like the idea in my head is not what comes out in the end. Regardless softening and shaping the clay is very cathartic.

I immediately fell in love with these pins from Oh Happy Day. While I didn't print out her template, I followed her tutorial pretty carefully.

Woodland Clay Pins | Red Circle Crafts

The differences: I used oven-bake clay instead of air dry. It's just what I had on hand. And I drew the shapes with a toothpick on the clay and then cut them out instead of using the templates. The free-hand look is really what I was going for. I especially love the askance ear on the fox. I also just smoothed down the edges with my fingers before baking instead of sanding the edges. Sanding would have given me a more polished look, but then I would have had to clean up the powdered clay I sanded off.

Woodland Clay Pins | Red Circle Crafts Woodland Clay Pins | Red Circle Crafts

This was a really fun project. I love the way the faces came out on each of them. Although I did get frustrated with the bear's features when they weren't turning out right. In the end, that one was J's favorite and he's generally my litmus test for things, so I must have done OK.

Woodland Clay Pins | Red Circle Crafts

I can't wait for jacket weather so I can wear these guys! They're a little on the heavy side and need to be pinned into a thicker material than the little summer tops I've been wearing.

2 comments:

  1. I wander the internet, hoping to come across some small idea that I can transform into one of my favorite crafts – polymer clay, wire, paint/paper – and every now and then I find one. My dream is to find the crafts that will help me use up small bits of leftover clay – usually I don’t have enough left over to call them “scrap clay” because I add a new color and change it up anyway. Thank you for another new idea. These pins are really cute!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by. Sounds like a good dream, good luck.

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