Posted by Katie smith / 2/04/2015 / 1 Comment / pirouline , tutorial , valentines
DIY "Carved Tree" Pirouline Tin
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I am super pleased with how this months recycled Pirouline tin project turned out! I used a bit of air dry clay + paint to turn an empty tin into this "carved tree". It even includes a lid so that you can store stuff in it!
It is perfect for Valentines, and yet at the same time it doesn't have to be for Valentines at all! For example, I "carved" my own initials into it...
Here's how I made it!
Supplies: Empty Pirouline Tin, Sand Paper, Air Dry Clay (I used some Model Air clay by Polyform), Gold Spray Paint (I used Champagne Nouveau by Krylon), Pink or Red Acrylic Paint, Brown Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush.
This is the clay that I've had the best luck with-
1. Start by sanding your pirouline tin. This roughs it up and gives it texture so that the air dry clay sticks to it better. Be sure to sand the lid as well.
2. Take a piece of clay and use your fingers to smoosh it and wrap it around your tin, working it and smoothing it until you have your tin covered.
The trick is to not make it too thin (it will crack) but not too thick either.
You want to cover your lid as well. I rolled out a piece of clay and placed it over my tin and then smoothed it around the curved edges of the lid and trimmed off the extra clay.
3. Next you need to take something with a pointy edge (I actually used an old clay sculpting tool I had) like a tooth pick and "carve" your tree.
Start by drawing a heart and your initials into your clay and then drawing woodgrain lines around it. I also added "wood knots" and more wood grain patterns around the backside of the tin.
Make sure to do this step while the clay is still soft, before it drys.
4. Repeat step 3 with the lid, only carving a swirl or circles as if it were the end of a stump.
5. Set your clay outside or somewhere it won't get disturbed and let it dry.
6. Once dry, Give your tree a coat of spray paint and let that dry.
7. Take a pink (or any other color) acrylic paint and a tiny paint brush and paint inside your carved lines where your heart and initials are.
You want to paint just inside the "ditch" here, which is where you drew in the clay.
8. Repeat step 7 with a brown paint and going inside the lines of your woodgrain pattern.
I actually used a brown wax paint (The wax paint is meant to go over chalk paint), because I liked that it was sort of creamy, but to achieve the same look with acrylic paint, just water it down a tiny bit before painting the woodgrain.
Let your paint dry completely.
Would you use this as a Valentines project or just make it for yourself like I did? ;)
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