My road trip last week left me in a euphoric daze of beautiful fall leaves. Ashland Oregon was especially beautiful. Every Autumn I try at least one craft involving leaves. I have been wanting to do something with clay, and gold paint, so I thought Id make a jewelry dish that looks like a leaf! The gold paint makes it very autumn themed, and I love how it turned out!
Polyform Sculpey III Polymer Clay White I didn’t even use a quarter of my 8 ox block, for 1 Large and 1 small dish.
Small Kitchen knife or x-acto knife
Optional: Polyform Sculpey Glaze, 1-Ounce, Glossy
1. First thing to do is to pick a leaf that you like that is the size you would like your dish. I used a fig tree leaf for my larger dish, and an unknown-plant-that-took-over-my succulent-leaf. The more little veins the better!
2. Next, take a piece of clay that will roll out large enough to fit your leaf. Roll the clay around in your hands to warm it up and make it easier to work with. You may have to do this for a few minutes if your clay is cold.
3. Using a rolling pin (or clay roller if you are fancy pants), roll out your clay on a piece of parchment into an even circle or oval depending on your leaf shape. I did mine about an 1/8 of an inch thick, so fairly thin. The thinner the more breakable it will be.
4. Place your leaf top side down on the clay and gently press out leaf so it sticks to clay. Since a leaf is not perfectly flat, you will have to maneuver it a little and press down the creases where you think they look best. Remember that it is a leaf though, so wrinkles wont really matter because it will look more natural!
5. Gentle roll over the leaf with your rolling pin. You want to press the leaf enough so all the veins create an impression, but not so much that your clay gets thinner. I just rolled over without pressing.
6. The first leaf I made, I took the leaf off and then cut around the edges with my knife. The second leaf, I cut around the edges (lobes, and sinus, in botany talk) , then took the leaf off. The second way was easier so I recommend it.
Once your leaf edges are cut out, gently lift the leaf off the clay. Use a toothpick to help you with any edges or pieces that dont want to come off. I cut the stem (or petiole) off as well. I added a little bit of clay at the base where there was a little hole situation from the stem.
7. Once you leaf is all cut out, make a bowl out of some tin foil. Gently remove your leaf from the parchment paper while trying not to touch the top, and place in the foil bowl.
8. Gently mold the foil in your hands to make the leaf as bowl like and curled as you like.
9. Bake in the oven following the manufactures instructions. Mine was 275 for about 20 minutes.
10. Once leaf is dry, I painted with gold paint. For the top, I painted over with gold paint, then immediately wiped away the paint with a dry napkin. This left more paint in the impressions making them stand out more. After it was dry, I repeated the process a second time. For the bottom, I just did 3 regular coats of paint.
11. Sculpey recommends covering your project with 3 light coats of Sculpey glaze which I did not have so I didn’t do it. But I probably should.
These were really fun to make, and I think they would make really fun gifts for your friends and family! I have lots of clay left and I can’t wait to make some more stuff!
This is the little dish I made, perfect size for rings and whatnot at you kitchen sink or by your bed.
While I am at it, let me brag about this super cute jewelry my grandmother gifted to me!! So cute right! I’m so loving the little camera charm! Her friend Bonnie makes these beautiful pieces, and if you are interested check her out at her Etsy shop here : https://www.etsy.com/shop/openhandjewelryart