Monday, October 28, 2013

Glittery Urchin

Awhile back we bought a couple bookshelves to fill an awkward corner of our living room. I've been meaning to share some before and after/in progress shots of the room, but it's coming together very slowly so I'm not in a huge rush to take pictures at this point. I am, however, filling up our new shelves with books, photos, and a few other objects to occupy the empty spaces. This is one of those space fillers...

I've made these before as Christmas ornaments, but this time I improved my method by using oven bake clay to hold it all together. It worked great and this one seems much sturdier than my previous models.

Here's what you'll need: a small bar of oven bake clay (Michael's and Joann Fabrics carry the 2 oz. bars), a bag of wooden craft sticks (also available at Michael's and Joann), Mod Podge, and glitter.

Roll a small (about 1 inch) ball of clay (I used almost 1/2 of a 2 oz. package) and insert craft sticks using the method described here. Once the craft sticks are inserted, put the whole thing on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 275° F for 1 hour. (The directions say to bake it 15 minutes for every 1/4 inch of thickness. Since my clay ball was about 1 inch across I had to bake it 4 times longer. Adjust the cooking time if your ball is larger or smaller than 1 inch.)

When it is finished baking, let the ball cool completely before adding glitter. I skipped the painting step this time around, but it does help conceal spots where the glitter isn't thick enough, so I'd recommend painting it first. Then use a paintbrush to apply Mod Podge, add glitter, and put it out where you can admire it everyday!

Oh, and if you're wondering about my zinc M in the background...I thought I followed the instructions found here for a DIY version of Anthropologie's zinc letters, except I swear the instructions I followed said to really glop on the black paint and spread it around with your hands, so that's what I did. Then I sprayed the whole thing with silver spray paint (found at Michael's). And since I couldn't find a cardboard M I liked at the craft store I bought a W instead. The M they had was too straight up and down (University of Michigan style) - we're Gopher fans.

Originally I intended to paint my imitation urchin silver, but I really liked the glittery ones I made for Christmas, so I decided to use this dark blue glitter I found at Michael's. I think these would look cool though with any color glittery, metallic, or even neon paint! The next time you see my shelves they might just be covered in a rainbow of spiky spheres...

1 comment:

  1. Love it! I might need to make my Abe a glittery urchin for his room :)