Today I am sharing a little tutorial on how to transform ordinary photo frame to beautiful yet functional piece of art.
For this project I used Premo polymer clay as I totally love this clay however you can just spray paint or mod podge your frame or just about anything your imagination can cook up.
- Unfinished Wood Frame
- Plastic Canvas Sheet
- Polymer Clay - For this project, I used Sculpey Premo in Cobolt blue (Air dry clays can also be used)
- Silver Leaf ( easily available in craft stores )
- Craft Glues of all kinds
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Release Agents like Armor All or water in spray bottle or cornstarch
- Work Surface suitable for working with clay
- Craft Knife
- Sharp Tissue Blade (optional)
- Pasta Machine (optional but highly recommended)
- Acrylic Rod (optional)
- Push Mold (optional)
Well lets start rolling
- Start with wood frame - Remove glass and backing ; Cut out Plastic canvas sheet in exact size of glass backing.
- Whenever working with unfinished wood its highly recommended to prepare base with a thin coat of diluted white glue or Mod Podge or Bake and Bond by Sculpey.
- Once base is dry, Paint entire wood frame with black acrylic paint, set it aside to dry
- Start conditioning your clay - Slice small pieces of clay - roll and smoosh -until clay is soft and pliable (Tip:- Add little translucent clay,if you clay is little crumbly)
- Roll out thin layer and cut strips of clay according to the size of frame and glue them to the frame, avoid getting air bubbles.
- Again roll out your clay but this time into thick a sheet instead, Apply silver leaf and continue rolling until crack appears.
- Cut strips according to the size of frame and place it on top of previous layer ; no glue required this time.
- Spray and spread your release agent with your finger onto clay sheet.
- Impress sheet of plastic canvas with acrylic rod or flat glass or just with hand pressure onto clay and voila you have this gorgeous texture. Trim off any excess clay around frame.
- With push molds, make some ornamental details (optional) I chose Victorian motif to add little old world charm.
- Bake your piece according to manufacturer's instructions in craft dedicated oven.Alway preheat your oven and use oven thermometer for optimal baking.
- Once your frame is cool, its good time to do touch up paint, if required and with the help of hot glue or super glue secure your secure your plastic canvas sheet in place and varnish.
- Hang it on wall or place it as table top and just sit back and admire.
Have a creative day