I love wind chimes and outdoor mobiles, so I thought, "Why not make a set of wind chimes out of Creative Paperclay modeling material?"
I started by rolling out a thin piece of clay, then cutting an 8" circle from it. I used a plate as my template, laying it on top of the rolled out clay and trimming away the excess with a craft knife. I used a handle-less teacup as a mold for the dome of the chimes. The cup had an indentation on the bottom that I didn't want on my finished piece, so I filled it with its own circle of clay. So that this insert would adhere to the piece of clay for the dome, I scored both the clay insert and the clay circle that I would use for the dome, and liberally coated each with slip. [You can learn more about slip from this blog tip.]
Next, I covered the up-turned teacup with my 8" circle of clay. I had to remove some of the excess and gently smooth out the clay. I give it a smoother finished (and help reduce sanding) I coated the dome with a layer of slip. Next, I pierced holes in the top and sides for attaching the dangles.
For the center dangle, I coiled a 3/8" wide piece of clay around a soda straw, and pierced hanging holes at the top and bottom.
When the pieces were completely dry and sanded, I used acrylic paints to paint each of the dangles.
|Color palette for dangles|
When the embossed pieces where dry, I thinly coated them with raw umber paint, and quickly rubbed it off, leaving them with a weathered, antiqued appearance. Lastly, I coated all the pieces—dangles and dome—with two coats of PPA Gloss by USArtQuest.
The final step was to assemble the pieces. I added a crystal to the bottom of the center, coiled dangle, and used fishing line to attached the dangles to the dome. I love the way the crystal catches the light, and casts rainbows of color!!
I couldn't wait to hang them and enjoy the lovely wind chime sounds. But, wait. What's that I hear? Nothing. The dangles are moving, but, alas, no sound. :) I hadn't considered that the clay just wasn't the right medium for producing sound. So now instead of wind chimes, I have a brightly colored outdoor mobile!!
|Finished silent wind chimes :)|
Here's a quick video of my mobile in action.