Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Thumbs Up for Owl Crafting

A few days after I came back from South America, I was surprised with freakin cool birthday/christmas presents from two of my dearest friends, Laura and Eleanor. Say hi girls!

Hehehe. I love getting handmade gifts, and these clay owl hooks are just lovely!
Laura was even nice enough to send me a description of how they made the owls, and took some photos for me, so I can pass on such excellent crafting knowledge :) Hooray! So let us begin!

These owls were made using basic air drying clay that you can pick up from any good arts or crafts store.

Thats some nice clay ;)

In order to turn this adorable little clay animals into something useful, the girls attached metal hooks onto the back of them. These hooks have holes for screwing them into the walls, but since the owls will be laying flat against them, some sort of double sided mounting tape is essential for attaching to the walls/ doors etc.

This design uses a simple circle shape for the base, and the girls suggest that making them different sizes will create a more interesting asthetic, and it makes them look more like a family! Which looks adorable on my wall by the way :)

There are a number of methods you can use for drying the clay; you can leave them to dry overnight, which will minimise the chance of cracking, or if you're in a hurry you can bake the clay, but the risk of cracking is greatly hightened. The girls chose the option of using the hairdryer, which can be effective but may also result in boredom, and consequently distraction! Haha. Work the camera laura!

*sigh* crafting is hard work!

You may also find yourself becoming rather hungry, but I suggest that you steer clear of munching on your crafting partners toes and go and fix yourself a sandwich.

Uh oh, too late! Munch those toes Ele!

Once they're dry, now comes the really creative part. The design the girls used was based off a google template, but you can apply any design and any colour schemes that you like! Just go with what suits you! Draw the basic template onto the clay, find the colours you like, and allow to dry. Their colours of choice were Pink, Blue, Purple and Green! It depends on what medium you use, but with some materials how well they take on the paint can sometimes vary. In some cases you may need to use an undercoat before painting on your design. You can also use a sealant if you wish, its up to you if you want a matte or glossy finish.

Finally, its time to attach the hooks! The girls used liquid nails, as superglue can be quite messy and dangerous for unco people such as ourselves (I am of course including me in this category), which works just as well. Now all thats left to do is hang them on the wall.

Thankyou my darlings :D This was a perfect birthday/christmas present to come home to, and an awesome crafting project!

Craft On xo

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