Treasure Chest Project
Jeweled Treasure Chest
Clay Casting Project


This is the perfect gift for big sis to make 
for a little sister (or vice versa) for a birthday or Christmas.



#214 - Home Sweet Home
#057 - Butterfly
#125 - Rose



Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp each: #057 - Butterfly  and   #125 - Rose
Clay - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white
2 clay castings* #125 - Rose, and 3 clay castings #057 - Butterfly;  Note: Use the Rolling Pin method to make these castings*** (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
Wood box
Sandpaper or emery board
3" heart cookie cutter
1.5" heart cookie cutter
2" crimper cookie cutter
Acrylic jewels
Acrylic primer (optional)
Watercolors and/or acrylic paints (see Step 8): boysenberry pink, lavender, green, pearl white, yellow, purple
Sponge (optional - see Step 7)
Tacky glue or hot glue
String of pearls: light pink
Varnish (optional)

*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.  Sand wood box.
2.  Make one butterfly casting, and cut it out with the 3" heart cookie cutter. Decorate butterfly heart with jewels by pushing them into the clay while it is still wet. then attach butterfly to center of box lid using the method described in the box on page 5.
3.  Use small heart cookie cutter to cut 4 heart-shaped pieces of clay. Attach them to the corners of the box lid as in Step 2.
Note: Our box lid has a curved surface and required the Unfinished-Wood Method (below**), BUT if the wood box you choose is flat on all sides, you can make and dry your castings and apply them later (as we did for the 4 side castings on our box).
4.  Let castings on box top dry for at least 24 hours (drying may take longer in a cold or moist or humid climate). 
5.  While waiting for wet castings on box top to dry, make 2 more butterfly castings and 2 rose castings. Cut them out with the criimper cookie cutter. Press on jewels and let castings dry. Optional: Wait until after painting the castings to affix jewels with tacky glue. Caution: Do NOT put jeweled castings in oven to speed drying.
6.  Sand castings made in Step 5, and paint background lavender and designs pink, green, and yellow (use white to mix softer colors).
7.  After box is dry:
     (1)  Optional:  Apply a coat of primer and let dry.
     (2)  Paint entire box inside and out, except for the butterfly heart, using boysenberry pink acrylic paint. Let dry. Then, sponge pink areas with lavender and pearl-white acrylic paints and let dry. Note: The box can be painted 1 solid color if you want to skip this sponge texturing.
8.  Paint butterfly heart on box top purple with watercolors, which will not cover jewels. However, if you want to use acrylic paints, just wipe the surface of the jewels before paipnt dries on them.
9.  Glue each of the 2 butterfly castings from Step 6 to the front and back of the box and 1 rose casting to each side as shown.
10.  Glue jewels to box as shown.
11.  Glue pearls onto butterfly heart and rim of box.
12  Use pearl-white acrylic paint to place dots around the edge of the 4 small hearts on the lid corners, between the jewels as shown, and around the crimped castings on the 4 sides of the chest. Let dry.
13.  Optional:  Varnish entire chest. 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.

This clay casting project is featured along with dozens of others 
in our book The Art of Clay Casting, which includes basic paper casting 
instructions, techniques for special effects, and a glossary of terms.



Project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR


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