Porcelain Clay Dogwood
Linda Welsh-Peterson demonstrates how to make this beautiful dogwood keepsake box.
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Project by Linda Welsh-Peterson.
Materials and Tools:
watercolor crayons: rose, light and dark green, yellow, brown
Helpful hints when working with porcelain clay:
- Keep a moist towel nearby and wrap the extra clay inside to keep it from drying out.
- Dip your fingers in a glass of water to moisten the clay if it dries to the touch.
- Slightly moisten the areas to be joined. This allows a better bond.
- Do not bake; this tends to bring air bubbles to the surface and gives an undesirable effect.
1. To make dogwoods: Flatten four pea-size balls and shape into teardrops. Pinch edges of teardrop to flatten and give shape.
2. Flatten another pea-size ball and dab a drop of water to top. Place all four petals points together onto the flattened ball.
4. To make leaves: Flatten pea-size balls and shape to teardrops. Pull edges to feather clay thin. Draw in veins with clay shaper.
5. For extra foliage, scrape bits and pieces of clay for filler.
6. Apply clay to top of mesh box and press in. Dab a small amount of water on the clay. Apply a drop of water to bottom of each flower and gently press the flowers over the clay on the mesh box as desired.
7. Add leaves and foliage in the same way as desired.
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