Ohhhhh, this one-a-week project was a three week long ordeal! I tried to make air dried porcelain from scratch with zero success. It looked great, but was just too tacky to work with. Twice. An hour of work at each attempt, and eight white glue containers later, I had this glob ready to rest for 24 hours. I took out a chunk to air dry and test. Not loving what happened next.
When it dried, it looked like this crusty yellow mess. Not exactly what we had in mind when we had the idea to make some handmade gifts for family this year.
So, we went and bought some sculpy, and tried again. With the right material in hand (by all means venture and try and make your own air dried porcelain, but we loved the sculpy results!) this project was pretty fun! What you’ll need is:
- 1 lb of sculpy. We got it for $10 with a 50% off coupon on Michaels.
- a template of a house (we drew ours)
- a sharp knife
- rolling pin
- parchment paper
It’s all pretty simple, and we had a fun afternoon making these houses and some other fun stuff we are excited to share later! After you have your supplied gathered, kneed your scuply until it’s smooth and easier to work with then roll out your sculpy to about 1/4 or 1/8 of an inch. You will need it to bake 15 minutes for ever 1/4 of an inch, so keep that in mine when you are rolling out your clay.
Once rolled to the thickness you like, place your template on top and use your sharp knife to cut around.
We made our template with using the little house as a place to put a tea light or small flowers, so we didn’t add a roof on purpose.
We made little snakes and pressed the sculpy up and out and into the cracks to help weld the corners together and waterproof it.
After you spread the clay in the cracks, you are ready to bake! Sculpy is 15 minutes for every 1/4 inch, so we put these in for 20 minutes and it worked great. It bakes exactly how it looks. So if it’s got dust or fingerprints on it when it goes into the oven, that’s how it’s going to come out. Another word to the wise is, it’s slightly soft when it comes out of the oven, and hardens as it cools. We didn’t know this and burt our test piece. Oops.
Joey made this kind-of-like-our-house house “the big house” and I made two smaller ones.
We are super happy with the results and plan to buy another pound of clay this week! We have some ideas for the nursery we are going to try and tackle.
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