Forget the Bakin' with Makin's Clay!

I am totally in love with Makin's Air Dry Clay. It's just like playing with clay when I was a little girl, but this one sets up and hardens without any baking or long wait periods. You can cut it, sand it or texturize it, and it always comes out looking fabulous! Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see how you can win some cool tools and supplies from Makin's Clay, and be sure to click on the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop button at left to hop to other blogs and see some more wonderful creations.

Here's the side view showing the trim.
This cool box began as a Goodwill find. I think my friend Nancy Kennedy actually found it and handed it to me. (Thanks, Nancy!) I knew it was going to be something special.

The finished box is designed to holds precious memories: a child's small toy, pretty rocks from special places, travel souvenirs or just about anything you can think of.

Here's how I made it:

Makin's Clay, Black, white and yellow (I knew I was going to paint it so wasn't too worried about the base color.)
Makin's Clay tools (texture sheets, cutters, misc. tools)
KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square
Viva Décor Inka Gold (Orange, Lava Green, Violet, Steel Blue, Gold, Silver)
Sophisticated Finishes Copper Paint, Triangle Coatings
Mold N Pour
Tim Holtz' Alterations dies, Vintage Lace and Tattered Florals
Big Shot die cutting machine
Martha Stewart Glaze, Black Coffee
Green card stock, Bo Bunny Olive Dots card stock
Burgundy paper, My Mind's Eye
Black card stock
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Black acrylic paint
Wooden knobs, 4
Fancy Knob, Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Curio Knobs

1. Trim burgundy paper to fit 1/4" inside box lid edges. Trim Olive Dots to leave a 1/2" border of burgundy paper. Trim black card stock to leave a 1/2" border of Olive Dot.
2. Condition one pack of clay  (I used white), run through pasta machine and apply texture sheets. Trim out rectangles to cover black card stock and overhang edges at least 1/4". Be sure to cut and texturize one extra piece of clay for your title tag. Set aside to dry.
3.  Roll out 1/2 package of clay (I used yellow) and run through pasta machine on #2 setting. Sandwich between two pieces of waxed paper  and use Textured Florals die to cut flowers. Apply texture sheets to each flower. NOTE: Be sure to remove any clay that may become lodged in your die immediately.
4. Roll out 1/2  package of black clay and add texture with texture sheets. Trim to 1/2" strips and set aside to dry.
5. Press clay scraps into Mold N Pour molds created with vintage buttons (or use buttons or embellishment for flower centers). Mold N Pour allows you to create molds from jewelry, buttons, etc.. Check it out here.
6. Die cut Vintage Lace trim from scrap paper and apply orange Inka Gold.
Paint all the clay pieces for the box top with metallic paint.
7. When all clay pieces are dry, apply Martha Stewart Metallic Paint to all clay rectangles for the box top. Paint Tattered Florals die cuts with Sophisticated Finishes Copper Paint Allow all to dry, then apply Inka Gold to all pieces, including the black strips.
8. Arrange rectangles on the black card stock, using the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square to line up the pieces. Glue pieces to black card stock and set aside to dry. When dry, flip the card stock over and trim the excess clay. Touch up visible trimmed edges with copper paint.
The Get-It-Straight Laser Square makes it easy to line up the rectangles.
9. Assemble paper and clay layers and adhere to box lid.
10. Adhere floral die cuts to box lid. 
11. Create "Memories" tag on printer and adhere to the extra piece of clay from step 2.
12. Adhere two strips of Vintage Lace paper trim to each side of box. Trim black clay to 1/4" and lay over trim seam. Attach glass knob to lid.

Line up and adhere the paper layers, then  add the clay layer last.
13. Paint wooden knobs black and adhere to box bottom.

I hope you will try Makin's clay. There is no end to the possibilities of this wonderful product.

Now for the fun stuff!

You can buy Makin's Clay at most hobby and craft stores, but you can win this prize package! Don't forget to check out the Makin's Clay blog hop and giveaway running Oct. 13- Oct. 21! Start here:
I received product from Makin's Clay,  KellyCraft and  Viva Décor.



Ann Butler said…
Candice I have said it before and I will say it again....I love everything you do! I love this box!
This is an amazing design, love it!
Sue Eldred said…
This is great. So Pretty. Love it.
CindiB said…
Stunning Candice - Your art is always so well done and inspiring! Thanks for participating in the hop!
Madeline said…
Just love all the textures!!!
Barbara Rankin said…
OMG, this is just gorgeous, Candice. I always love your work, and this piece is not exception. TFS the instructions, too. This is definitely going in my to do list.
Jen Goode said…
Love love how your project turned out. The textures are fantastic and the colors are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!
Carmen said…
Ooh, this is so gorgeous! Plus you gave me lots of great tool tips too! Yey!!
Melony Bradley said…
Everything you create is wonderful Candice, I love this box. I have some thirft shop goodies I have been waiting to find inspiration for and now I found it!

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