I miss my Christmas decorations! Any one else feeling that their house is completely empty?
Hence another home décor DIY coming at you today - now there are no lights, sweets, cards and decorations taking up my table and cupboard space, I'm making stuff to take it's place and am bring you a DIY experiment. I've seen so many marble polymer clay DIYs - but can it work with air dry? Let's find out.
| WHAT YOU NEED |
White Clay / Black Paint / Modge Podge / Glue Gun / Rolling Pin / Knife / Baking Paper
| HOW YOU MAKE THEM |
I tried two methods of marbling my clay - both equally as messy and, in truth, achieving similar results - so pick whichever you prefer!
I divided my clay in half, keeping one half completely white and creating my marbled colour with the remaining. I added a dot of black to the clay and mixed it in - not completely, but enough so that the paint had been absorbed.
To create a simple, rectangular tray, I used a ruler and knife to cut through the clay and then transferred on to baking paper to dry on:
I simply added my paint to the clay and combined by folding the clay around and over it before rolling out to see the spread of the marble effect:
A little less patterned, but to add more, I added a few more dots of paint, folded the clay and then rolled again - a much darker marble effect was created with a wider spread:
I then went for a smaller shape, creating a hexagon template from paper and used a knife to cut through the clay.
To stop the clay from bending at the edges and keep the clay flat, ensure you turn the clay at regular intervals and when dry to touch [but not completely dried through] you can add an additional piece of baking paper on top with a book or something weighty to ensure the clay stays flat.
I did not do this.
I made my clay shapes and then went away for the weekend, coming back to a curled hexagon and twisted tray. As a further experiment, I attempted to flatten them and it worked [unfortunately, so convinced it wouldn't, I didn't take photos]. However; adding the paint to the clay does change it structure and instead of becoming brittle and breaking, like air dry clay would normally, there was some give in the clay and with a little heat [sitting on top of the radiator for a while] and gentle increase of weight to flatten on top over the week, I have flattened trays. Still can't quite believe it worked.