25.7.16

Clay meets Paper !!!

Clay Bird House
Hi friends sharing an altered Tea light holder in the shape of a bird house.This is the terracotta "diya holder" I picked up from a fancy store
Terracotta Diya Holder
The little house was given a generous coat of gesso and white paint and made into a bird house with a little bird perched atop!
Thai Clay flowers
All the white flowers and the pink roses were made with thai clay, a type of air drying clay.The bright magenta roses are store-bought roses altered with gesso.
Tea light Holder
Thai clay is a wonderful medium to make clay flowers and though I dont have a photo tutorial [ one has to work pretty fast as otherwise the clay will dry out and lose its suppleness], the steps of making the rose are nearly the same as in this Playdough rose Tutorial 
Thai Clay rose
If you are interested in Thai Clay crafts
Here are some of the tools I used :
Pasta Machine- not a necessity per se but if you have one you can quickly roll out nice uniform thin sheets of clay.
Cutters - you can use metal or plastic cutters to punch out uniform petalsand there are special cutters available to make different flowers but for this project I made most of the roses freehand!
Embossing tools- though my first clay tools were made of cheap plastic ...they broke after some time and later I got some metal tools which are rather heavy but perfect for clay crafting.
The 5 multicolored tools you see were gifted to me some time back by my friend Sudha . These are a cross between a plastic and a metal embossing tool...these are lighter as the body is not made of metal but strong and less likely to break as the tips are made of metal. The set  also has 3 very fine tips which are fabulous for making fine lines .
Thank you so much Sudha they are awesome not just for clay but also for embossing on paper
Thai Clay: I have tried thai clay by a couple of different brands and not found much of a difference. The only catch with thai clay is once you open a packet you have to finish it off fast otherwise you risk the whole thing hardening!
Clay Tools
On the side of the bird house you can see a fusion of clay and paper.
Heat Embossed Leaves
I used Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Stamp Set to make all the paper leaves.
Altered Tea Light Holder
Added a golden pearl chain to loop all around the bird house and added butterflies all along. The gorgeous golden paper butterfly was sent to me by Mrs A all the way from England!
Clay Craft
Thai clay comes in a white color and is colored with oil colors before its moulded. Sometimes its difficult to predict the color...this little rose is a much darker shade than all the other clay roses but turned out cute all the same!
Thai Clay rose
On the back side of the bird house is a huge metal butterfly!
Thai Clay Roses
I also added some of my favorite pollen and berries
Heat Embossed Leaves
And here is my altered tea light holder on our terrace garden.



Tea Light Holder
I know I have not visited my blogger friends for some time now...life gets busy every once in a while...so please pardon me...will be catching up soon!And please do take a moment to tell me how you like this Thai Clay Project
Supplies : Dies :  Cheery Lynn  Grass, Cheery Lynn  Butterfly ,Marianne Anja Leaf 3
Stamps : Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Stamp Set 
Pollen : From Crafters Corner and Raja Market
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Edited : This Project was featured as Top 5 at All sorts Anything But a Card Challenge  and was showcased by Di at the Pixie's Playground

51 comments:

  1. Wow wow wowwwwwwwww! This turned out amazing! Soooooooooo gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. love the clay flowers Sonia, so delicate and perfectly molded !!

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  3. Wow Sonia! You always come up with your stunning creations! Love this Tea light holder around with all amazing clay flowers with your fabulous decoration! Love it!

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  4. very pretty and awesomely inspiring!!

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  5. Awesome. That is only I can think of. You completely transformed a simple clay candle holder to a gorgeous bird house !!

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  6. What a beautiful work!
    I loved the mix of elements!
    Have a great week!

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  7. A really eyecatching project Dr Sonia....it is amazing!
    xxx Margreet

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  8. Beautiful & colourful. Love the way you pictured it.

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  9. Look like a mini garden !! Beautiful mix of clay and paper flowers !

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  10. Wow, Wow, Wow, Dr. Sonia! This looks amazing! What a transformation! Love all of the gorgeous and beautiful details! So much to look at! Love it!

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  11. Another masterpiece oh ingenuity. Love the colours and the little birdie. Hugs Mrs A.

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  12. wow! this is amazing!
    s many pretty details!
    wow!

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  13. Oh my goodness, it's the most gorgeous candle-holder birdhouse!! I absolutely love it!! You decorated it so perfectly!! The clay roses look amazing!! This is stunning my friend!! A work of art!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  14. Gorgeous. So much detail. Super project.

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  15. That is so pretty. I never would have guess it started out as a terracotta holder.

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  16. Super Cool. Luv the mixture of Clay n paper.
    Its so pretty. Luv the detailing too.
    Thanku for mentioning us dear.

    Hugs
    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.in
    crazycrafter-craftsuppliesshop.blogspot.in

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  17. WOW!!..wonderful and totally gorgeous Sonia..love your clay flowers and leaves and the bird is beautiful perched up on top..fabulous work.

    luv CHRISSYxx

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  18. WOW! Just amazing! Looks very beautiful with all your handmade gorgeous bright blooms! A fabulous project!

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  19. Oh WOW! What a fabulous creation! So beautiful. xx

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  20. This project is just amazing! Love the paper clay roses- just awesome! And, the leaves you made are so pretty- also love the addition of the gold pearls and the butterfly. It is just beautiful and will look fab in your garden!

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  21. Awesome. You changed its look completely. Everything is looking very beautiful.

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  22. Awesome. You changed its look completely. Everything is looking very beautiful.

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  23. Beautifully decorated project! The bird looks great on it! :)
    Suchi xx

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  24. Wow, this is just fantastic! I can't believe you started with a plain terracotta birdhouse and ended up with this wondrous creation. Gorgeous handcrafted flowers, the roses are such a lovely colour especially the one that decided to be a little darker :D. This is just a marvellous creation! Debra x

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  25. Wow Thank you so much for this post. Its awesome. They way you have turned something so plain into something so colourful and beautiful.

    I have been wanting to deck up one of my terracotta tea light holder which is smaller than this. May be I will use your tuts and do something with it.

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  26. Ok definetly WOW, so manny amazing details, this project is super amazing!!
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

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  27. Stunning Doc, you do amaze me with your gorgeous creations.xx

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  28. Just had to stop by for a closer look at this exquisite creation. Simply stunning in every way and WOW your roses are mouthwatering beauties.
    Julie x

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  29. This is spectacular. Perhaps you should get some fancy Society Finches to move into it. :) hugs, Teresa

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  30. This is just FABULOUS!!! :D

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  31. Gorgeous, love the little finch and your wonderful tutorial. Thanks for sharing! Hugs

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  32. Wow what an incredible transformation Sonia!! Such a glorious decor piece and functional too! Love it. hugs :)

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  33. Absolutely gorgeous, Sonia. My goodness, you could take a trash bin and make it look lovely. What a beautiful home decor piece you have created, and as a candle holder it will serve two functions. LOVE IT, so many details.

    Hugs
    Sue

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  34. This is beautiful Sonia! Your flowers are so gorgeous and the little bird looks so pretty perched on top!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  35. Wow! Those Thai clay flowers are perfection. Such a gorgeous makeover.

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  36. OMG!! This is Stunning Sonia..Loz

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  37. This is absolutely stunning Sonia, such a wonderful transformation.
    Pauline
    x

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  38. Totally breathtaking Sonia! Everu little detial is absolute perfection - I LOVE it! I wonder if Thai clay is a little like the Martha Stewart paper clay? To keep that moist for a while they suggest you pop a damp piece of kitchen roll along with the clay into a sealed poly bag. It does work, but eventually it will dry out anyhow.

    Great to see you in the Playground!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  39. Lovely display for our current challenge, lovely colours and thanks for sharing...
    [aNNie DT for Allsorts Challenges]

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  40. Fabulous project and wonderful gift!

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  41. Oh my... this is extraordinary. Your detailing is exquisite and the theme itself is gorgeous! You make everything lovelier than I could even imagine it becoming. You are so talented and forever inspiring. :o) I am attempting another return to crafting and commenting... it seems I only manage one week before pain sets in too deeply. It is frustrating, but I am thankful to be visiting you today.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  42. WOW, how amazing! Your details are fantastic! How creative~beautiful!
    Sherrie K

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  43. Wow, this is amazing, I just adore it. Cara x

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  44. Wow..this is so beautiful Sonia...the clay rose are super pretty...

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  45. Thank you for your make for our theme at allsorts Tracy X

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  46. This is so very pretty..loving all the flowers and all your leaves too.That delicate butterfly is gorgeous and the pretty bird finishes it off perfectly..what a lovely entry for our challenge over at Rhedds Creative Spirit...xx

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  47. Wow...it is so adorable..love it.:):)
    Richa
    apaper-palette.blogspot.com

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  48. OMG times a million times - absolutely fabulous. Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit

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  49. What a great project, Sonia, the details are beautiful!!! Thank you for being with us at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit!!!
    Hugs,
    Arlette DT

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  50. This is stunning!! Love the clay flowers!!

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