#311 Oak Leaf Picture Frame
Clay Casting Project
A truly unique gift for any special person in your life.
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
Gold™ Metallic Surfacer and Patina Green™ Metallic Surfacer by Modern Options®
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.
Project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR
Cookie decorated by and photograph courtesy of GooseHill Farms.