Oak Leaf Clock
Clay Casting Project
A beautiful addition to any home as well as a fun gift for a
teenager to make for Mom or Dad on their special day.
3 clay castings* each: #311 & 312 - Oak Leaf Duo; use the Rolling Pin method to make these castings *** (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
Wooden clock and clock works (unfinished and unassembled)
Tacky glue or any white glue
Acrylic paints: spice tan and dark chocolate
Cloth or paper towel
1. Cut out each oak leaf design into separate leaf and acorn pieces (refer to photo) BEFORE the clay is dry.
2. Arrange cut-outs on your clock to see what layout you like best. Once you have decided positions, glue the castings in place and let dry.**
3. Apply a coat of primer and let dry.
4. Apply two coats of the spice tan paint. Let dry completely.
5. Thin the chocolate brown paint with water to make a wash. Quickly brush the wash on, then wipe it off the raised surfaces and most of the background with a cloth or paper towel. Leave the wash in the crevices to give your project an antiqued look. Let dry.
6. Optional: Apply a coat of varnish and let dry.
**Applying castings to unfinished wood:
1. Before you apply any clay castings to unfinished wood, make sure the wood surface for your project is finely sanded.
2. Use the Rolling-Pin Method (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions) to create your castings (***because they will have a flat back and adhere well. The Pressed-Ball Method leaves a more uneven surface). Do not allow the castings to dry before applying them to the wood.
3. Apply wet castings to the wood by dabbing a few drops of water on the wood and the back of the casting. Then put the casting on the wood and press lightly on the design to make sure it bonds to the wood.
4. If you want a well-defined edge around the casting, careflly trim around the design without cutting into the surface of the wood.
If you prefer a blended edge on your casting, press the soft edges of your casting with the rounded end of a paint brush, a blunt tool, or your finger, sloping the edges down to the wood. Dab water on the edge of the design if it resists blending.
Use a wet paint brush to smooth the area between the clay and the wood. Let dry.
Note: Be careful not to leave a lot of water on the wood. You will probably need to allow a day or 2 for this type of project to dry.
5. After the clay is dry, sand the rough edges of the castings.
6. Apply primer, varnish, and/or paint as desired to decorate your project.
Project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR
For an extra special touch, bake up some
matching oak leaf cookies to accompany your gift.
Cookie decorated by and photograph courtesy of GooseHill Farms.