Air Dry Clay Bunting

posted Jan 26, 2015, 11:20 PM by Amie Ridley   [ updated Jan 26, 2015, 11:28 PM ]
Hmmmm, seem to be going through a bunting phase...  I know its a bit behind "the times" (whatever times those are) but I think it's to do with moving house and settling in and trying to "friendly" up some spaces.  Plus its an easy thing to do to add a bit of character, but I digress...
Basically this was a mash up of those pressed air dry clay ornaments you see on Pinterest, and crochet.  That's it.

Spot of outdoor crochet this month while kids where in the sandpit.  Hence the grass and somewhat blown out lighting...

So tools and supplies for this were:
air dry clay
stamps/fabric/anything textured that you would like to use
rolling pin (not your good baking one)
flat surface for rolling onto (I use an old pastry mat)
cookie cutters
a straw
small beads (optional)
fine grade sandpaper
an old towel (optional - but really useful)
crochet hook (I used a 2.75mm but use what suits your cotton/style)
DMC crochet cotton in white


So firstly, make sure your flat surface is clean and then roll out the clay to the desired thickness.  I would recommend about 5mm. Use the texturing item on the clay.  I used various things - the first was a piece of textured lace which I rolled over with a rolling pin, then some small metal dragonflies that I placed on then rolled over, stamps with a bronze coloured ink, and them small beads which I rolled into the clay (this made it a bit tricky to cut later and was not so easy to work with...)

   

Once you have textured the clay, use the cookie cutter to cut out your shapes and use the straw to cut out the holes.  I find that drinking straws tend to make pretty good sized hole for decorations of this sort.  Cut down they are also really easy for kids to use, and they don't tend to do that annoying pressed through lip thing with the clay.

Now the easy bit - place the cut decorations in a safe, flat, and dry place for, er, drying.  

Once they are dry you may commence with the sanding.  This just helps to tidy up the rough edges and gives a much nicer look to the finish.  And this is also the reason I recommended an old towel - this stuff gives off a lot of dust so have that handy.  I tend to put one on my work surface and have a smaller towel for wiping the decorations also.

Once that's done you should have a whole bunch of lovely looking decorations.  You could just put them onto ribbon at this stage (individually, or a long piece as per the bunting theme)or use them as lovely tags on presents etc.  In fact I was considering making up a stash just to keep in the cupboard just for that... Yes, I do that kind of thing, and yes my kids let me do that kind of thing, provided they also get their own clay to play with and make stuff.  It's just creativity all round some days.  And I will live with a little mess if it means I get to make some too - it's how I stay creative.


Anywho...

If your're wanting to do the full mash up grab your crochet hook in appropriate size and your cotton (thin ribbon, wool, whatever - I'm not living in your house so do what suits you).  And we are going to do a basic chain stitch, plus heart (or whatever shape you used - again, your bunting, your house) plus chain, plus heart etc.  I crocheted 30 stitches between each heart.

 
So when it comes to crocheting the heart onto the chain I lengthened the current chain stitch right out, then took it off the hook.  The put the hook through (front to back) the heart and picked up the stitch, pulling it through the hole.  Then I shortened the stitch again (so that it would just reach over the top of the heart) and crocheted a chain stitch over the heart.  And then carried on with the chain.






And that's it - a nice little project that you can stretch out over a few days, or pick up and put down as needed.






 
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