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Monday, January 27, 2014

Makin's Clay® Mixed-Media Topiary Class



Makin's Clay® attended the recent Craft and Hobby Association show in Anaheim, CA.  Along with sharing our products with attendees in our booth via product displays, project samples, and make & takes, we hosted a Mixed-Media Topiary Class.

Ann Butler & Cindi Bisson shared the broad range of applications of Makin's Clay® and Makin's Brand® products with attendees, while teaching them a new Graffiti Clay technique to decorate their topiary pots.

Our thanks to Smoothfoam, Darice, May Arts Ribbon, Beacon Adhesives, Earth Safe Finishes, Westcott, FM Brush, and KellyCraft Innovations for their support of our workshop by donating product.   Special thanks to Lisa Rojas for her assistance in setting up and cleaning up after the workshop.


Makin’s Clay® Mixed-Media “Graffiti” Topiary 

Sponsored by Makin’s Clay®

Designed by Ann Butler & Cindi Bisson 


Materials: 

Makin’s Clay® (www.makinsclay.com
Makin’s Brand® Clay Cutters, Clay Roller, Wavy Cutter 
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder
Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine® (optional) 
Smoothfoam™ Cubes, Balls (www.smoothfoam.com)
Darice® paper mache pot, Spanish moss (www.darice.com
EarthSafe Finishes Iridescents™ by Ann Butler Designs™ (www.earthsafefinishes.com
Ann Butler Designs™ EZ-De’s™ stamps & alphabet by KellyCraft™ (www.kellycraftinnovations.com
Beacon Adhesives® Tacky Glue (www.beaconadhesives.com
Westcott® Scissors (www.westcottbrand.com
May Arts® Ribbon (www.mayarts.com
FM paintbrush (www.fmbrush.com)
Wooden skewer, craft knife 

Instructions: 

Paint cube with Iridescents™ and let dry. 

Remove Makin’s Clay®  from packaging.  Place excess clay in zip-lock baggy with damp paper towel.  Roll clay to approximately 1/8” thick.

Stamp monogram 4 times onto rolled clay, allowing space around each letter to cut a square approximately 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”. 

Use wavy cutter to cut square around monograms.  

Paint letter indentation with Iridescents™.  

Mount monogram letters to four sides of cube using Beacon Adhesives glue. 

To create graffiti clay, roll clay to approximately 1/8” thick.  

Extrude thin strands of clay in 2-3 colors of choice using Makin’s Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder.  Create a freeform design on the rolled clay with extruded pieces (flowers, swirls, letters, zig-zag, stripes, etc...) allowing some strands to overlap.  Press strands just enough to adhere to base clay.  Roll clay again (if using Ultimate Clay Machine®, begin by rolling on a 1, then on a 3, then on a 5) to embed the extruded strands into the base clay, creating a effect similar to graffiti on a wall. 

Cut piece of clay to cover sides of Darice paper mache pot, with about 1/2” folded to cover inside top rim of pot, and overlap on base of pot.  Mount, pressing base to flatten clay.  

Cut Smoothfoam™ ball in half, mount inside bottom of pot. 

Using a dab of glue at beginning and end, wrap skewer with May Arts® ribbon.  

Place skewer into ball, place cube onto top of skewer.


Add Spanish moss to cover base. 




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