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Monday, September 11, 2017

Happiness Box

Happiness Box by Iris Rodriguez
Hello Makers!

Today I bring you happiness…in a box, that is. So a long time ago, I saw happy face stamp at my local craft store…don’t know why, but it simply made me smile and I went ahead and bought it, yet I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Silly, I know.

Because I am little silly, I made a whimsical Happiness Box project out of my happy face stamp. Make one, it will make you happy, like it made me. Keep a Happiness Box to keep at your desk, and it's guaranteed to make you smile every time you open it. Use it in the office; you bet, it will be a conversation piece.

The Happiness Box would also make for a unique gift for to someone to lift their spirit or for another special occasion. Glue small magnates on the back of the faces and make them into refrigerator magnets.


Materials:

Makin's Clay® White
Makin's 
  • Roller
  • Texture Sheet - Set A-38001 (Waves Sheet) 
  • Round Clay Cutters

  • Cutting Mat
  • Ultimate Clay Machine®
  • Ultimate Clay Extruder® - Disc 3

Acrylic Paints, desired colors
White Mica Powder
Scrap plain paper
Permanent Fine tip ink pen (.05 mm)
Alphabet rubber stamps (6 mm)
Happy Face rubber stamp
Small Jewelry size box
Round Cutters
Gloss Glaze or Varnish

Instructions:

Use a small jewelry box. The box I used measures 3 in. X 2 in. Really, you need a box that is going to  hold a few of the happy faces, maybe 5 to 7 faces. Use a happy face stamp, if you don’t have one, draw in the happy face with a stylus or make your own stamp. A happy face is the easiest thing to draw.

Stamp the words on a piece of paper to determine fit and placement on the box.

Roll the clay through the Ultimate Clay Machine® on the thickest setting, #1.

 

Dust a little cornstarch on the Waves texture sheet. Place the texture sheet over the clay, then roll
the clay on top of the texture sheet. Ensure to press firmly. To get an even look, turn the texture sheet 90 degree and roll again.



Trace the box outline on the top of clay sheet, measure and cut to size. Ensure to leave about 1/6 of
inch on all sides to allow for shrinkage. Or you wait for the clay to cure, then cut to size.


Stamp the words on a sheet of clay.

Trim the Happiness Box label. Make it a little fancy, by adding a little fold in the left and right edges, kind of makes it look like a ribbon.



To make the squiggly embellishment, use the Ultimate Clay Extruder® and use a disc with a single hole in the center and simply extrude about 8 inches.

Sculpt out the squiggly shape. This is done exactly the way you would draw squiggly lines on paper. Ensure to measure that it fits under the label.

Cut out a little bit of clay to prop up the label.  



Now we are ready to make the faces. Simply stamp the faces onto the clay and cut the faces using the round cutter.

Now all your pieces are done. Allow them to cure for 24 hours.


Paint all the pieces with acrylic paint.

Then use a gloss glaze or varnish with white Mica Powder. This adds a slight shimmery glossy look. I believe this adds to the happiness concept. It also protects all your pieces.



Use a permanent ink fine tip black pen to paint in the grooves of the letters and happy faces. Voila!

You’re finished, now go and spread happiness.








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