311-312 Oak Leaf Clock Project

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. 

Frame and clock decorated with clay castings of Rycraft oak leaf cookie stamps with matching cookies     Painted shortbread cookie stamped with Rycraft oak leaf cookie stamp

#311 & 312 - Oak Leaf Duo,    #295 - Pansy          

Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp each: #311 – Oak Leaf Duo Left    &   #312 - Oak Leaf Duo Right
Clay - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white 

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
Paint brushes
Acrylic primer
Acrylic paints: spice tan and dark chocolate
Cloth or paper towel
Acrylic varnish

*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours.


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
Frame and clock decorated with clay castings of Rycraft oak leaf cookie stamps with matching cookies

Stamps shown above: #311 Oak Leaf Duo Left  and    #295 Pansy

For an extra special touch, bake up some 
matching oak leaf cookies to accompany your gift.

Painted shortbread cookie stamped with Rycraft oak leaf cookie stamp  Plate of cookies stamped with rycraft oak leaf and maple leaf cookie stamps and decorated with Luster Dust
Shown above & below:  #311 – Oak Leaf Duo Right  and   #242 – Maple Leaf

Cookie on left was made by GooseHill Farms with cornstarch and confectioner's sugar in their recipe.
The "paint" is FDA-approved Baker's Colors, Luster Dust® in gold and ruby, and powdered egg whites.

Cookies on right were decorated with luster dust by Peggy Aiken.

Please note that the design on the cookie is the
mirror image of the design on the cookie stamp.

Picture frame, clock, and display board decorated with clay castings plus cookies made with Rycraft oak leaf and pansy cookie stamps
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