13 July 2015

The Clangers in Clay: Metal leaves

Here's the latest part of my clay Clangers series! Did you see the episode of the Clangers a few weeks ago where the metal bug was going round eating all the metal leaves? Today I'm showing you how to make metal leaves of your own.
Please remember that this is an ornament for nostalgic adults or older children - it's not a toy as it has many small and breakable parts. If you did want to make it for a young child's room, I'd recommend gluing the pieces together and mounting the scene in a box frame which could hang on the wall.
You will need:
  • Polymer clay (e.g Fimo or Sculpey) in silver/grey and gold/copper
  • Glue

1. Make a solid vase shape from silver or grey clay.

2. Cut some short lengths of wire.

3. Roll small balls of gold or copper clay.

4. Press each ball onto the end of a piece of wire.

5. Pinch the end of each ball, then flatten it into a leaf shape.

6. Remove the wires from the leaves, and push them into the vase.

7. Bake
8. Place a dot of glue on the end of each wire, and place a leaf on it.

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