311-312 Oak Leaf Frame Project

#311 & #312 Oak Leaf Picture Frame

Clay Casting Project

A truly unique gift for any special person in your life.

Picture frame decorated with clay castings of Ryraft oak leaf cookie stamps     Painted shortbread cookie stamped with Rycraft oak leaf cookie stamp
#311 & 312 - Oak Leaf Duo

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 
8 clay castings* each: #311 & 312 - Oak Leaf Duo;  use the Rolling Pin method to make these castings *** (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
Wooden frame for 5" x 7" picture (ours has a 1 1/4" flat surface for oak leaves and a 1/4" inside edge)
Tacky glue or any white glue
Paint brushes
Acrylic primer
Gold™ Metallic Surfacer and Patina Green™ Metallic Surfacer by Modern Options®
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.

Instructions:

1.    Cut out each casting around the design. Arrange your clay cut-outs on the frame to see what arrangement you like best. Once you have decided, glue the cutouts in place and let the glue dry.
2.    Apply a coat of primer to the entire frame including the glued-on cutouts. Let dry.
3.    Apply a coat of the Gilded Gold and let dry. You may need to apply two or three coats for good coverage. Let dry between coats.
4.    To achieve the patina effect shown in our photo, follow the package directions on the Patina Green and apply it over the gold. 
5.    Optional: Apply a coat of varnish and let dry.

**Applying clay 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.

  Picture frame decorated with clay castings of Ryraft oak leaf cookie stamps

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.

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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