I purchased polymer clay for $1.79 and liquid adobe clay for 90 cents. I then formed the clay, baked it for 20 min at 250 degrees, let it dry, painted it, sealed it and added hooks. These quarter size pearls were created specifically to match the three paintings I called Three Oceans which are shown in the above photograph. The paintings and the medallions have an earthy feel which is exactly what I was going for.
The largest medallion is primarily plaster with an adobe clay overlay. I then added an old earring as a center piece and a ribbon to hang it on a stressed wooden white cabinet door. Unfortunately the photograph doesn't show the vibrancy of the shades of purple as they bleed into blue and silver but in real life you can see those details. The fourth and final piece shown beside the large piece is made primarily of adobe clay. I layered the clay over an old pendant which was laying in my jewelery box begging to be put to good use. I cleaned it, primed the metal and layered the adobe clay until I had a desired thickness. After the desired thickness was achieved I began working on texture and color combinations. The result is a small piece that will be made into a door knob for the same cabinet that holds Three Oceans and Three Pearls. When its all said and done my old cabinet will have been completely redone for about $15.
All items were purchased from the clearance section of Hobby Lobby including three stressed wooden photo frames, adobe clay and polymer clay. I created the paintings awhile ago then used up-cycled ribbons and a pendant. All in all I'd say one unattractive, tall, brown and plain shelf became a prized piece of furniture.
If you're anything like me you have limited closet space and require the use of unsightly hooks to hold hats, coats and other items. You can easily spice up your wall hooks by using clay fixtures baked right in your own oven or as in my case, my own toaster oven. You can create at a low, low cost with an outcome you will be proud of.
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