I love trying new crafts, and the Create and Share challenge group is perfect for that! This month, we were challenged to use Air Dry Clay in a project. My Air Dry Clay Vase was, unfortunately, a complete FAIL – yep, we don’t always create gold!
*Post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.*
I’ve never worked with air dry clay before, and clearly it doesn’t care for me either. I have no idea if the brand I purchased matters or not, I just picked up a tub of Crayola Air Dry Clay while on a routine shopping trip at Walmart.
I did do a Pinterest search for some inspiration, and there are lots of good projects out there! I decided to start simple and just make an air dry clay vase – or bowl, I guess. I grabbed an old candle to use as a mold and grabbed my clay and a rolling pin and got to work.
Since it was a gorgeous week in Chicagoland, I set up camp outside while watching my boys ride bikes and play ball in the yard.
First, I rolled out a section of clay flat.
Second, I grabbed a small wooden skewer from the kitchen and haphazardly poked holes in the clay around all the edges, leaving the center untouched.
Finally, I folded my clay over an old candle to create a mold for my vase. (I guess, given how short it is, it is likely more of a bowl, but whatever.)
Per the instructions, I left it to dry.
Well THAT went well.
I’m honestly not sure what I did wrong; perhaps it was rolled too thin? Maybe I missed a step to aid in drying? Whatever it was, I learned another lesson as well – don’t procrastinate on your projects, since I had no time to attempt another!
I will say, this was actually not the FIRST fail of this challenge. I tried a few other techniques before beginning my vase/bowl. I rolled the clay into a ball, into a rope, laid it all over another candle, and tried cutting circular coasters out of it. All of them failed spectacularly. Clay clearly doesn’t like me.
But be sure to check out the other bloggers in the challenge – I’m sure they had better luck (or perserverance!) than I did!
You May Also Like