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26 August 2013


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Sandra, I have completely stopped mixing paint with glaze when working with clay. I decided that I really love the soft matte finish of the clay after it dries. So now I just make it and leave it. It holds up well, too. I have pieces that I made several years ago and they still look great.


I came across your post and love your leaf imprints. I am interested to read your comments re mixing paint with glaze but couldn't get to the post (here's the link referenced above -
Could you share that info with me? Thank you. Sandra


Ruby, they're so much fun to make! Enjoy!


Going to try these asap!! X


Wow, beautifull,i am so going to make these with our 8 year old boy on a rainy day this coming week. Thank you!


Dawn, I'm so glad this project worked out for you (and hydrangea leaves are a perfect choice)! Your success makes me happier than just hearing you liked mine. Bravo!


Nothing has caught my eye like these beauties for a long time! I made mine with hydrangea leaves and they're gorgeous! The veins are so deep! They actually look exactly like the pictures. No "Pinterest Fail" with theses ones:)
I'm making these along with a silver ball bracelet for teacher gifts this year
I will put the bracelet in the bowl and tie it altogether with a beautiful Christmas ribbon
Thank you thank you thank you!


Ember, that's a great idea. BUT air dry clay isn't water resistant, so you'd need to coat them with some type of varnish that was!


These would make pretty soap dishes, and great gifts with hand-made soap in them!

paula pfarr jackson

can't wait to see what you learned at your class I'm starting a clay class as well. I hope to see your results because it looks like you started a while back keep in touch and keep us posted please.


Safeena, that's a great idea! I will definitely try that next time. And I appreciate the mention of Precious Metal Clay - that's exactly what I need to take things to the next level. Thanks!

Safeena Wagner

I use nearly the same technique with Precious Metal Clay, except that to assure a patterned backside, take a much larger leaf and lay it down first, so that you roll pattern into the beauty side and the backside. People are always positive that they are hand carved.

Great tutorial.


Oh Laura, I'm sorry to hear that! I hope you'll try it again. I don't know how well other store brands hold up (I'm pretty addicted to the DAS brand), but mine are still going strong and I haven't done anything to them to protect them. I hope it works out for you next time!


I tried it and they looked great but then they broke. But that's ok, it was my first time with modeling clay and it was the cheaper store brand but I'll definitely try again. Yours are beautiful!

Bakeca Incontri Roma

Just beautiful!

hala salama

Very nice and cute. We can try it with porcelain clay to be more durable . Thanks a lot


Every year i do a DIY christmas gift. I dont have much experience with clay but this seems really straight forward. I cantw ait to try it. These are soooo adorable! Thank you!!



I don't think any paint will hide the impressions of the leaves unless those impressions are extremely faint, in which case an opaque color might make them less noticeable.

I ended up leaving them as is. I like the simple, matte finish. But there are things you can do - if you want to just highlight the veining, you can mix a little acrylic craft paint with a glazing medium. You can view this post: (http://urbancomfort.typepad.com/urban_nest/2011/12/evergreen-imprinted-clay-dishes.html) which will describe how to do that. You can also mix acrylic craft paint with a glazing medium and coat the entire leaf (without wiping it off). This will give you more of a colored wash to the entire leaf, instead of just highlighting the veining.


What type of paint is recommended so that it won't hide the impression of the leaf veins?

Diane angle

I was so excited to find your post I can't wait to try this. Thank you so much for sharing with us.


These are completely beautiful. I've just had a baby and I think when she grows a little and I get a snippet of my own time this shall be my first project!!!

(Spoonful zine)


Thank you so very much. I can hardly wait to get at these. I too am a professional artist and love your writings. So very true and inspiring.


Hi Marilyn,

You're right, they're pretty fragile. I wanted a really thin look, more of what you'd get with porcelain, so I pushed the envelope here. I'm sure they'd be durable if they were thicker. I've been able to prop the largest leaf up on a shelf, so it supports its own weight, and I can use the bowls for things like jewelry, keys. etc. Anything beyond that would get iffy, I think.

Marilyn Levine-Weiner

These are really beautiful! How strong/resilient are these leaves after they dry as bowls? They look really fragile, I usually use B Mix clay for hand building, that I fire in a kiln, but I am thinking about using a clay body that doesn't need to be fired... My concern is that this air dried clay might not be strong enough, that it might not support my wall hanging like the B Mix would.. What do you think?


Dot, I think vegetable oil is going to discolor your clay. But what you can do is use a pair of fine-tip tweezers. Just pull up on the stem area (or somewhere on the leaf around that point) and the leaf will generally release pretty easily.

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