Hi friends, I’m excited to share a fun little project I made recently. It’s one part art project and one part tech accessory. And 100% fun. 🙂 I think you’re gonna like it. It’s something I’ve been dreaming of ever since I made this shower curtain DIY. I think I’ve gotten a little vinyl obsessed. Continue reading “Dress Your Tech With Printed Vinyl”
- 3 Blocks of polymer clay (like this, this, and this)
- Cutting knife
- Cutting mat or board
- Metallic gold nail polish
- Strong all purpose glue
Preheat you oven to the temperature suggested on the clay packet.
Start by cutting your clay block in half with your knife to make the whole thing thinner. Then cut triangles from this thickness, about an inch tall. These will be your actual holders. Use your knife to cut down the middle from the top of each, just stopping short of the bottom. This will provide the slit for you photos / postcards to sit in.
Then cut the remaining clay in half again so it’s left even thinner than before but not so thin that it becomes really flimsy. Cut out medium and small triangles from this new thickness, to be used along with the larger ones later.
Place all of these on a tray lined with foil or baking paper and oven bake for the length of time suggested on the clay packet.
Once baked, leave to cool so all the shapes have hardened and then paint the tips with the metallic gold nail polish and leave to dry.
Now you can assemble the mountain holders. Squeeze a little all purpose glue on either corner of a large triangle and sit a medium and small triangle against it to create the look of a mini mountain range. Make sure they sit flat against the ground and leave to dry. Repeat with the remaining shapes and voila!
- MDF wooden disc roughly 10″
- varnish in colour of your choice
- old cloth
- duct / wire tape
- scissors, 4 x 12” wooden dowel rods
- white wood paint
- strong wood glue
- tape measure
Start by sanding down any rough edges on the wood, whether that’s around the edges or on the main surface of both the disc and the legs.
Measure the half way point on the MDF disc with your ruler and pencil. Measure about an inch above this point to get the arrow head of the pattern. Measure down to find the corresponding halfway point along the bottom edge and then use your tape measure to measure out 4 inches either side of the point along the bottom and mark. You now have the triangle shape in pencilled points.
Duct / wire tape between these points to create the triangle shape and smooth down so its flush against the wood. Then you can work your way inside the shape with two more tape triangles, leaving a gap roughly the same width as the tape between each. You can measure that if you feel it’s safer but it’s relatively easy to do it by eye.
Once you have worked your way to the smallest tape triangle, you can get varnishing. Pour a small amount on the cloth and rub gently into the gaps between the tape. Don’t over saturate the wood otherwise it may bleed. Better to do two thinner coats to get the colour you want rather than one heavy coat. Leave to dry.
In the mean time you can get to work painting the table legs. Do one thin coat on each, leave to dry and then add another for good coverage. Make sure these are totally dry before moving on or things could get messy!
Once dry peel the tape away to reveal your varnished pattern on the wood disc. Turn it over and measure the central point once again. Use the tape measure to measure the circumference and divide that number by 4. Mark these points for the legs to make sure they’re evenly spread. Check that the first point (your front leg) corresponds with the centre of the smallest triangle on the other side. This will make it look neater.
Lie the wood disc on the table (wrong side up) and use the wood glue to stick each leg down in turn. You don’t want to be too generous with the glue otherwise you could find it creeping out the edge. Hold the leg down for a few minutes, until it’s becoming tacky and then prop anything like a book, bottle, etc against it to keep it straight as it dries. Do this with all four legs and leave to dry, preferably over night.