- Arts and Design
How to Make Beautiful Keepsakes at Home with Sculpey and Air Dry Clay
Did you ever want to try ceramics, but didn't know where to start? Well, I'm here to help... On this page I am going to share with you just exactly how you can make your own ceramic pieces at home.
I have been playing around with an oven clay called Sculpey that I bought at A.C. Moore for a while now and have been making some really nice things, some of which I sell online in my Etsy shop.
Although you may not be able to reproduce a ring bowl exactly like the one pictured in this introduction without a kiln, you will be able to make pieces that look very similar with store bought clay and your kitchen oven!
So follow along with me, as I teach you how you can make pieces to decorate your home or give away as unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. Perhaps you, too, might find you enjoy it so much that you open your own artistic shop on a site like Etsy. Let's see what happens....
You CAN make something very similar with Sculpey!
Best Clay for Homemade Ceramic Art
Sculpey Clay is easy to use and a great way to make ceramics at home in your kitchen oven. Â Bake all your pieces at 325 degrees for 15 minutes per 1/4" thickness of your piece. Â It's as simple as that! Â Most ceramic pieces fired in a kiln by a professional will come out extremely hard, but also breakable. Â One of the things I love about Sculpey clay for ceramics is that the pieces will come out of the oven hardened but not brittle, so if you drop them they won't break. Â
Simple Plaque Available on Etsy by dgordon
My Gratitude Keychain - (in the works)
This is a small unfinished keychain I am working on. It is approximately 2" x 2.5" and is stamped with wooden stamps that can be purchased through Amazon, Ebay, or your local craft stores such as A.C. Moore or Michaels.
I have used a designing tool to poke a hole in the top so I can put a metal link chain through it and attach it to my keychain. The edges are uneven but after it is baked in the oven and cools off, I will probably use some coarse sandpaper to smooth the edges.
A 1.75 pound box of Sculpey would probably make 75 keychains this size.
You can use household items to get a nice round shape...
Pictured here are a marguerita glass, a plastic cup, and a small candle - perfect for pushing down on clay before it is baked to give your pieces a nice round edge.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
With Sculpey, it's possible for you to make cute little dishes and plaques like those pictured above which are available for purchase on Etsy.
From Etsy Shop: LoveArtWorks
This is a piece available on Etsy (an artist's website where everything is handmade). Personally, I like to color my pieces with paint after they are baked and cooled, but the plain white look (below on the "Our First Christmas Together" ornament also has a very classic style and elegance to it.
This Ceramic Piece is available on Etsy
This is a piece available on Etsy (an artist's website where everything is handmade), however, using Sculpey and stamps you could purchase on line or in a local craft store, it's very easy to make your own version of this beautiful keepsake ornament. What a lovely gift!
This is a great work surface for Sculpey clay to protect your table.