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Faux Metallic Vase

By: Patti Kimle for Polyform Products

This Faux Metallic Vase is an elegant piece of home decor that makes a big statement. The metallic color of this DIY vase helps shine light to any area in which it's placed. Fill this polymer clay craft with flowers and place it on a table or shelf for all to see and admire. This vase also makes a great gift for a housewarming party or wedding celebration. If gold isn't exactly your style, you can experiment with other metallics like silver or bronze.
 

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Faux Metallic Vase

Materials:

  • 1 block Premo! Accents: Antique Gold - 2 oz
  • 1 block Premo! Accents: Gold - 2 oz
  • 3 blocks Premo! Sculpey®: Black - 2 oz
  • Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Sculpey® Super Slicer
  • Acrylic rod
  • Glass vase, approximately 6-8" tall

 

Instructions:

Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130°C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.

  1. Begin by preheating oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.

    Faux Metallic Vase
     
  2. With the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #2 setting create a sheet of Gold and Antique Gold. Using the Super Slicer cut 2 right triangles and create a Skinner blend.  (http://www.sculpey.com/how-tos/techniques/skinner-blend)

    Faux Metallic Vase
     
  3. Roll the sheet into a Skinner blend cane, beginning with the Antique Gold edge first.
     
  4. Cut the cane into 3 or 4 pieces and reduce the cane to different diameters, approximately ¾”, ½” , ¼”, and 1/8”.
     
  5. Roll a sheet of Black clay on a #4 setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Make the sheet large enough to cover the vase if round, or one side of the vase if appropriate.
     
  6. Cut several thin slices of the largest cane and place them randomly on the Black sheet.
     
  7. Cut several thin slices of the smaller canes an place them, continuing until the smallest canes are used to fill the space as much as possible. Layer a few cane slices on top of each other and on the larger ones.
     
  8. Roll all the slices into the background with the acrylic rod.
     
  9. Press the sheet to the glass, being careful not to allow air pockets between the clay and the glass. Trim the edges and blend the seams.
     
  10. Bake according to the directions above. Allow to cool.
     
  11. Sand the surface if desired, beginning with 400 then 600 grit sandpaper rinsing the surface and the papers often.
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