April 29, 2016 at 12:13 pm #444623
My OTP project, along with a tutorial, sans step-by-step pictures. I apologize for that; when I opened my kit and saw the embroidery hoop this idea popped into my head and I (literally) started right away. Too late, I was asked about a tutorial and this was already finished. Let’s see if a step by step works…
(You may want to watch Kim’s You Tube tutorial if you’re new to air-dried clay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y35Iqa0iWBA )
Here’s what I used:
From the April Purple Haze kit and add-ons:
Blue Fern Studios – Serendipity Collection – Inspiration
Wooden embroidery hoop
Prima Garden Fountain resin piece
Kaisercraft wooden butterflies
Blue Fern Studios Courtship Blooms
Shimmerz Blue Moon Aqua Huez
Prima paper clay
Prima Baroque 6 mould
From the March Peggy’s Bicycle kit and add-ons:
Prima Vintage Emporium flowers (from the main kit)
Prima La Chapeliere Artisan Powder
Prima Mini Art Stones
From the February Ballad Flower add-on:
Petaloo Mini Burlap blooms
3-D matte gel
Seam binding, about 3 yards
Old paint brush (make that a small one) for the 3-D gel
Soft paint brush (make that a small one, too) for the Artisan Powder
1. Place the embroidery hoop over the pattern paper, positioning it so that the image you want is perfectly aligned. Be sure that the hoop mechanism is on top. Trace around the outside with a pencil. Put the paper aside for now.
2. Fill the long design on the right edge of the mould with paper clay, making sure that the mould is filled tightly and that the clay is even on top. Carefully remove the clay. It will be pliable enough to allow you to do this; just be slow and patient. Do this two more times, so you have a total of three pieces.
3. Carefully place your clay pieces around the embroidery hoop, with the rounded edge on top and the bottom edge and the bottom edge flush. Make sure that you begin as close to the metal mechanism as possible, then around the side. The third piece will be too long. That’s okay – measure and cut off the excess, trying to more or less match up the design. You should have your hoop completely covered from one end of the mechanism as possible. (Immediately put the excess clay with the rest of the package and seal tightly.)
4. Wrap the seam binding around the hoop, fastening with the hoop mechanism. You want to bind your clay as firmly as possible, without it so tight that it will mar the design. Make sure that the hoop is laying so that the flush edges are on the bottom.
5. Allow to set overnight. You’ll find that your clay has seriously shrunk. No worries – we’ll take care of that later! Turn the hoop over; you’ll notice that the clay is still moist. Let it sit for a few more hours until thoroughly dry. Carefully undo the seam binding and remove your molded pieces from the embroidery hoop. Put them to the side to thoroughly dry in the middle, for about an hour or so.
6. Find the place on the pattern paper that you want to use your rub-on and adhere. Sprinkle a small amount of the Artisan Powder over the adhesive and tap to remove all excess over your craft mat.
7. Add a small bit of water to the Artisan Powder and lightly ink the inside and top edge of the embroidery hoop with the paint brush.
8. Adhere the clay pieces to the hoop with the 3-D gel, using the groove that was formed when you first fitted the clay while wet. You’ll want to start with your bottom piece, then the sides, trying to get the edges pretty close together. You won’t get a perfect match and the top edges will end near the beginning of the metal on top, leaving a sizable gap, about an inch. You will also find gaps around the top. These will be taken care of in the next few steps. 3-D gel dries pretty quickly. You’ll have enough time to play around a bit, but it all should be dried and firmly adhered in 30 – 60 minutes.
9. Sprinkle out a small bit of the Artisan Powder. Using a soft dry brush, spread and pounce the powder on the clay until you get the look you want. Apply a bit more to your resin piece. You’ll be using the left over powder, so you can let it sit there on your craft mat.
10. Adhere the paper to the hoop with more of the 3-D gel and let sit for a few minutes to set.
11. Brush a small amount of the 3-D gel around the hoop wherever you see a gap. Sprinkle with the mini Art Stones. Keep repeating until all gaps are covered. Next, go here and there around the edges of the paper adding a bit more 3-D gel and Art Stones to give your design a bit more texture.
12. Adhere the resin piece to the paper.
13. Time to fill in those bothersome gaps! And that’s why we buy our flowers, right? Place them around your frame, again using 3-D gel, covering all the holes. I’ve glued a large leaf on one side where the clay pieces meet and a few blooms on the other. That large gap on top is totally filled in with another flower cluster.
14. Color a few butterflies with the Shimmerz Huez and place them along with a few small blossoms around your wall hanging to complete.
15. Spray the left over Artisan Powder with a bit of water. Moisten the seam binding and place it in the wet powder, turning it over until thoroughly colored. Dry with your heat tool. Adhere to the back of your hanging with 3-D gel about 1 inch down and 3 inches across. Cover that with a piece of packaging, making sure that this is glued down thoroughly. Roughly knot the loose edges to complete.
A few notes:
I seem to be mention 3-D gel a lot. It’s a very strong adhesive that can be spread very easily, which makes it ideal for gluing on all sorts of embellishments as well as all of the bits of texture that we’re playing with lately. It seemed to be the best choice for the paper clay as well as the art stones. It’s a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way.
You may notice that the seam binding is adhered in the back of the piece, rather than between the clay and the hoop. The entire piece weighs in at 4-3/4 ounces, enough to make me think that this was the best option.
I can’t wait to see what the rest of you do with this amazing kit and all of the fun – and gorgeous – add-ons!!!!
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Wow Peggy this is gorgeous! Thanks for the step by step luv.
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