1 wood plaque (as pictured) 8" x 10" (or any size you wish)
1 piece of sheet music (or printout from your computer or copier) slightly larger than your plaque
Artwork to your taste; we used:
1 artificial rose
1 piece shimmery white ribbon (1/4” W x 12” L)
1 piano sticker and 2 sheet music stickers from a scrapbooking kit
(or you can use a magazine clipping, a computer clip-art image, or draw your own)
1 or more rubber stamps (piano keys and quotation)
Optional: Embossing supplies for heat embossing** or acrylic paints (if not using the embossing technique): red, black
Sandpaper or emery board (fine grit)
Glue of your choice or hot glue and glue gun
Acrylic spray varnish
Paint brush, fine-tipped
Acrylic paints: black, red, gold
Gold trim (for piano)
*Note: Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours. It is an example of how a paper casting could be used on a scrapbook page instead of a clay casting on a wall plaque.
**See Instructions for Heat Embossing at the bottom of this page.
1. When the clay casting is dry, smooth the edges with a very light sandpaper if needed.
2. Using the gold paint, apply a coat to the casting and to the beveled edges of the wood plaque. Let dry. Apply a second coat if desired. Let dry.
3. Cut out the large piece of sheet music to fit the plaque. If it isn't the right size, use a copier to reduce or enlarge it to suit. Apply glue evenly to the back of the paper and apply it to the plaque (or follow the instructions for your glue). Using a soft cloth, gently smooth the surface, working from the center out, to get rid of any air bubbles, taking care not to tear the paper. Let Dry.
Hint: You can apply the sheet music with a spray mount fixative (one that is removable to help in re-positioning until it's just right). Then lift up one side at a time and apply glue to replace the fixative as a permanent adhesive. Let Dry.
4. Use the rubber stamp to imprint the keyboard design onto the plaque. Use another rubber stamp to imprint quotation, or use paint brush and black paint. Optional: (1) Paint in the keys with black; corners and hearts with red. Let dry. Or (2) Apply embossing powder using heat method described below**. Let dry thoroughly.
5. Optional: Apply a coat of acrylic spray varnish to the plaque and let dry.
6. Use a fine-tipped brush to apply black paint to the treble clef on the gold casting (as pictured). Let dry. Glue to the plaque with hot glue or any strong glue.
7. Apply your piano and sheet music stickers to the plaque (if not stickers, use glue to affix painted cut-outs). Then embellish the piano with gold rick-rack or trim (from a fabric store) or use gold paint.
8. Cut the rose, then tie the ribbon onto the rose making a nice bow. Trim the ends on a diagonal. Glue to the plaque with hot glue.