Thursday, April 1, 2010

Well, I finally got a chance to take get some photos onto my borrowed computer.
Below are my first attempt at making candles. I found a tutorial in one of those old magazines from 1992 (I think). So I thought I would try it. They didn't turn out that bad overall, but I think next time I will do it a bit differently. The tutorial calls for using mostly the transparent clay to give it that waxy look, but once that heats up from working with it, it gets really sticky & hard to work with. So next time I am going to find a way to keep the clay cold to make it easier to work with.
The photo's have horrible lighting, but you can get the general idea.

Next are my attempt at mushrooms from the AIM tutorial they had. I had a lot of fun making these, they are so cute. Again the lighting is bad but it is not out of focus. I got the mini wooden pots from my local craft store & painted them Terra-cotta color & they turned out pretty good. This was my first batch & I think I cooked it to long because they actually were a brighter red, but by the time i got them out they were more of a burgundy color. I really couldn't decide if I wanted the spots all over or at the bottom, so they are not all the same.

Same pot, different angle.
This is my second batch. It is a bit out of focus, but you can see the color is much brighter this time.
I am going to make 7 little pots just like the above and give out as table favors at our upcoming State Day event. I sure hope everyone likes them. I am relatively new to all of this and I don't have the level of craftsmanship that most of you guys do, but it sure has been fun learning!
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!


  1. Lori if your clay gets to soft to work with. Try putting it on the fridge for 10-15 minutes. Also wash your hands in cold water if they start to get hot. Hope that helps..x

  2. Debbie, I had read about putting it in the fridge, but I had not heard the washing your hands in cold water... I will have to try that. Thanks for the tip. Any advice for not getting fingerprints in the clay? I read somewhere about working with latex gloves on but those always make my hands sweat.