Let’s craft with David & Cadence

There’s just something hilarious about vegetables with faces on, I don’t quite know why. My partner Luke and I wanted to do something together one evening that was creative, inexpensive and totally different. Over the festive period we saw lots of stalls at craft fairs selling handmade decorations and gifts made from clay, from that point we knew we definitely wanted to give it a go! Any air-drying clay is suitable for this project, it usually dries out within a day or two at room temperature so no kiln or expensive kit is needed!
We rolled out the clay, I couldn’t find a rolling pin so an old cling film tube did the job. Rolled out to 5mm thick, we then began to shape the clay and cut into it with wooden craft knives, any left over can just be re rolled out to create new shapes so there was virtually no waste at all. The projects came to life pretty quickly and with that we then continued to make more, before we knew it we had a whole mini clay family of characters. When we added layers such as petals and leaves, we gently wet and scored the clay on the contact areas which created a weld.
After a couple of days sat drying at room temperature they were ready to paint. We used a selection of Cadence hybrid acrylic paints to finish off our projects. We watered down the paints to thin it, the dry clay is like a sponge and this prevented the paint peeling or cracking. After the first wash coat we then let it dry for half an hour and added a final layer of paint. After allowing all the paint to dry which took 10 minutes, we then added a coat of Aqua-stone varnish from Cadence. This fully sealed in any open areas and gave the projects a glossy coat so they’re waterproof and can be cleaned. We absolutely loved how they turned out, the rustic handmade touch made them feel extra special and unique. We purposely didn’t smooth out any fingerprints or smooth out all the edges which gave them plenty of character, and now all of our friends and family want to have a go making them!
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