Monday, August 29, 2011

DIY Key Catch All Plate

Thanks to Hurricane Irene, we were holed up at home for half the weekend watching constant weather reports. So whats a girl to do with her time than complete a fun project that has been in my head for a while.

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Using some sculptey clay I bought a while back, I wanted to make a little key catch all plate. I've never used this stuff before so I didn't know what to expect.

Materials: Sculptey clay, rolling pin, glass bowl, key, butter knife, oven

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The end result isn't exactly as I hoped. I wish it had that nice matte look that real ceramics have (is it something I'm doing wrong or is it just a limitation of this product) - this is a bit more plastic looking. And there were way too many imperfections and little bumps due to my own poor sculpting abilities. All that said, I'm glad I gave it a go. I think I might use this stuff again for some Christmas gift tags.

Anyone master this material and have tips for me on how to improve?


38 comments:

  1. FlowerHillDesignCo9:26 AM

    I think it looks adorable...you're too hard on yourself!  I always love to see when people try new products.  Thanks for sharing!

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  2. you-wee because9:33 AM

    Make the plate a little bigger, then you may create a DIY husband / boyfriend catch all plate! And he always knows where his place is... ;-))

    I hope IRENE left something over of the east coast area of the USA and not too many where struck too seriously...



    Uwe.

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  3. MrGWHunting9:35 AM

    Seriously,

    Who comes up with some of the best projects..YOU DO!


    I am going to try this one.


    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  4. Cdevlin10:20 AM

    Great idea! What is that lettering tool you used?

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  5. I wonder if some sort of a glaze would make it look more along the lines of what you thought in your head? I think it looks awesome! and I love the phrase, so clever=)

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  6. Blair Munday10:43 AM

    oooh where did you get your stamper!?! love this project.

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  7. Moishe Markel10:43 AM

    for some interesting use of sculpey, go to  http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/ and put sculpey in the search.

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  8. MrsLimestone11:51 AM

    I dont remember exactly when I purchased it but it was at a Michael's in the scrapbooking aisle.  They had a few different versions with numbers and punctuation - but this one just has capital letters.

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  9. Jessica Peterson12:06 PM

    Such a cute idea. I'm always misplacing my key, so I really need to do something like this.

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  10. Such a cool idea. I'm always misplacing my keys too, so I need to do something like this and make a habit of always putting them in the same spot.

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  11. PRECIOUS! I've never used that material but wouldn't have been that creative with it... adorable idea. So glad you're safe from Irene!

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  12. I think it is super cute!! Love the idea of doing Christmas tags with it, too.

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  13. Livinia5:43 PM

    I've used the air dry clay and it works really well.  It's like the normal clay (white) that you kiln bake - but this stuff just air dries.  You can create impressions in it and if you want a bowl shape, you just set a circle if it in a bowl and it will sink in and make the bowl shape.
     
    It looks just like normal potters clay.  You can paint it w/watered down acrylics (and put on top glaze - so it's more 'pottery looking'.
     
    I just used the crayola stuff (from amazon) - you might want to give that a try.

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  14. Livinia5:43 PM

    I've used the air dry clay and it works really well.  It's like the normal clay (white) that you kiln bake - but this stuff just air dries.  You can create impressions in it and if you want a bowl shape, you just set a circle if it in a bowl and it will sink in and make the bowl shape.

    It looks just like normal potters clay.  You can paint it w/watered down acrylics (and put on top glaze - so it's more 'pottery looking'.

    I just used the crayola stuff (from amazon) - you might want to give that a try.

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  15. Kendallsimmons28:52 PM

    Maybe if you glazed it...but it's so sweet just how it is!

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  16. cassie {hi sugarplum}10:50 PM

    I think it's pretty fabulous! Super clever with the imprints too....you come up with the best stuff!!! Glad you are all safe and well!

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  17. I have made a couple of ring dishes from air dry modelling paste. I think it is similar to clay except for the baking part. They also have these bumps and imperfections, no matter how hard i try to straighten the surface. But hey, that only contributes to it's charme and that is what makes the distinction between handmade with love and a mass production ;)

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  18. Wendy McKenzie9:04 AM

    For the most part, Sculpey (especially the baked kind), is meant for making things like figures and statues more than it is the simple projects.  It's plasticine rather than ceramic-based, so it almost always gets that glazed look after it's been baked.  Sculpey is meant for really detailed projects... whenever you roll it between your hands it heats up in a way that ceramic doesn't (and grows much more flexible with this heat), which is what tells you that it's more of a plastic-type than ceramic.  :)  Hope that helps for the future, Stefanie!  

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  19. Kayla Bohan5:18 PM

    I'm not sure if you know it yet, but this project was just featured on Apartment Therapy!

    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/boston/organizing/there-you-are-key-plate-brooklyn-limestone-154910

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  20. MrsLimestone5:55 PM

    No, I had no idea. What a treat. Thanks for letting me know!

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  21. It may not have turned out like you had hoped, but it's still cute!  I love that you put "There You Are" as the saying.  :)

    When you get a moment, I'd love to have you stop by my newly revamped blog at http://www.casabellastudiosblog.blogspot.com.  If you're able to "visit me", please be sure to say hello!

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  22. Jill Stigs11:07 AM

    Apartment Therapy featured you!

    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/boston/organizing/there-you-are-key-plate-brooklyn-limestone-154910

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  23. Lauren11:28 AM

    I would love to know where you got that "stamp"! How handy!

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  24. Imissayou212:59 PM

    I see a couple of recommendations for air dry (Crayola) clay - Personally, I do not like it as a ceramic substitute.   Your item will end up really lightweight and therefore belie it's true form. 

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  25. Shelley8:35 PM

    Great explaination. I was searching for the words and this is said very well! I do like playing with sculpey but is doesn't give that fine ceramics look in the end product. I wonder if you could spray it with a matte finish to get that look?

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  26. A-dore. I am so going to make this!!!! 

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  27. Nice post.This task is really looking fantastic to do.You have done a great job by sharing this post with us.I like this post.Keep sharing with us in future too.

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  28. This is a
    nice content.These lovelies are great not only for showcasing sweets and
    treats but can also be quite nice.The written skill is so good.I am very
    impressed to this content.Thanks to share this blog with us.Keep it up.

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  29. Molly4:20 PM

    WHere did you get the roll stamp with the letters?  i cant seem to find one.  Thanks

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  30. MrsLimestone4:35 PM

    One of the big craft stores - either Michaels or Joann's.

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  31. Loved this project and want to try it soon. How much clay would I need for only this project? Around 2 oz or more? I don't want to be stuck with a lot more than I need. Thanks.
    And if you have any more small projects like these ( home decor), would love to know and try!

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  32. Oh gosh, im sorry but I have no idea. I bought a big brick of it and had plenty left over. I would think you would need more than 2 oz but I guess it depends on how big you make your plate and how thin you roll it out. I made it kind of thick.

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  33. I think I'll get the pack that looks like a brick too. Better to have more than less I guess.  Thanks!

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  34. Anoziras17:02 PM

    your imperfections make it unique and original, I LOVE it.

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  35. Daphne C.1:25 AM

    i think this is beautiful!

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  36. All the pics are superb.I like all these pics.Keep in touch with us in future too.

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  37.  Its really a beautiful & informative post.

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  38. Sculpey clay is really good for projects like this.  I've made a few plates and bowls myself.  Since it is a plastic product, it will look like plastic if it's untreated.  Sculpey has a whole line of glazes/finishes that would give you the look you want.  They have a lovely satin glaze that I normally use for things like this, and it helps cover up the imperfections.  You could also try a layer of acrylic paint, then wipe some of it off for a nice textured look. Then cover with the satin or matte finishes, or you can use floor finishes, clear nail polish works, anything that is compatible with most plastics work really well.  Just my tips, as  an avid Sculpey fan! :)

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