I blogged before about my first foray into the wonderful world of marbling. It’s such a magical craft which requires a lot of preparation but once you’re ready you produce beautiful papers very quickly. The question was, what to do with the papers once I’d made them. A lot of people use them for making books, something to think about in the future. For now I put them to one side and thought about what else could be marbled.
I’d seen some beautiful marbled baubles and wondered if I could make them myself. I found these plain ceramic baubles for sale on Little Crafty Bugs and decided to give them a go. At the same time, I thought I might try making my own clay stars using air dry clay. I used two different types of clay and found that DAS white was the best. It cut out cleaner and was more durable once dry.
I got mine from Cowling & Wilcox in Camberwell which is local to me but you can buy from them online or get it from most craft suppliers or Amazon. I bought some star cutters from somewhere and a little craft rolling pin although I’d recommend a larger one the plastic surface is perfect for rolling clay.
How to make clay stars:
- Knead the clay to make it pliable
- Roll with a rolling pin on a smooth surface. If you want texture on the surface you could roll on a piece of cardboard or anything else you choose.
- Use your cutter to cut the shape and lay on one side
- Using a skewer make a small hole in one of the star’s points so that you will be able to thread it to hang up
- Leave to air dry for 24-48 hours
- Decorate your stars!