This month Makin's Clay® challenged it's Design Team members to select a Pin from our Tutorials & Techniques Board or our Polymer Clay Inspiration Projects Board and create a project using Makin's Clay® based upon the chosen pin. Our goal was not to have our designers simply copy of the projects, yet be inspired to perhaps try a new technique, or create a project style they might not normally have considered.
I love using the Makin’s Clay® Neon colors with black clay. It takes me back to the 70’s and all of the groovy black light posters I use to have on my walls. This project is a quick and easy Retro Bank that you can make to save up for something special in the future. Maybe you’d like a blast from the past like a lava lamp?
The idea for a bank was inspired by this clay cupcake bank from the Makin's® Polymer Clay Inspiration Projects board.
Makin’s Clay® - Neon
Recommended Makin’s® Tools
Flip-top Plastic Bottle (I used a cat treat bottle)
Create a sheet of black clay by running it through the Ultimate Clay Machine™ starting with the setting #1. Move the setting of the clay machine up one setting at a time until the clay has been run through the #3 setting. The sheet should fit around the entire plastic bottle.
Wrap the black sheet around the entire bottle.
Press the seams together. Don’t worry about the seams showing. They will get covered up in the next step.
Texture the black clay by repeatedly pressing the sand texture sheet from the Texture Sheet Set A all the way around the bottle. This should help hide air bubbles, fingerprints, and the seam.
Cut the flip-top off of the bottle.
Cover the lid with black clay and texture it. Use an Exact-o Knife to cut a slot in the top.
Roll out all of the neon clays on the largest setting of the clay machine. Cut out different size flowers from the orange, green, and pink clay using the Flower Cutter Set Cut out flower centers from the yellow clay using the smallest circle cutter from the Circle Cutter Set
Place a flower on bank. Press the sand texture sheet repeatedly on each petal to give them texture and round the edges. Place a yellow circle in the center of the flower and press the texture sheet all over it.
Repeat with the rest of the flowers and your bank is done! Now, go get some money, drop it in, and start saving!!!