Friday, December 30, 2011

Faux Redware

Alright, I know it's late for the reveal because I normally post in the morning.  I started painting then stopped to make a faux Roman Shade panel for my nephew's room when my sister came over.  Anyway, my experiment... you all know I LOVE redware, yellowware, and blackware.  Most times it's too expensive for me to purchase.  What's the next best thing? Of course, Make it yourself!!!!

The experiment was which did I like better... salt dough or clay...

Salt dough...

So, let's start with the salt dough... this was my first attempt as an adult.  I found that I'm not good at rolling out my dough evenly. LOL.  It was really easy to work with, however.  It dried quickly in the oven.  Downfall I guess if you want to call it.  I don't think it's bad because it makes them look more like crazed clay is that I think my dough may have been to dry because I got very small cracks.  BUT the stain went down in them and like I say made them look crazed.  I have 10 more to paint. LOL.  The recipe I used left my circles flat.  They didn't "puff" up.  This is from my dear friend Geesha  "Hey Mary I will tell you this what ever flour you use in your salt dough mixture it will effect the shape if you want a more flat use all-purpose if you want it a more 3-D or texture like use the self-rising."  Thought I'd pass it along :-)  The flat look is what I wanted. 

Sculpey clay...

Well, let me say that these take a LOONNGGG time to dry in the oven.  These ones are still not completely dry because they are flexible.  They should be rigid when "cooked" completely.  I had them in for like 4 hours.  It is suppose to be 15 minutes for 1/4"  uh huh right....   Needless to say I'm impatient.  The clay models a little better to make bowl shapes.  It takes more coats of paint to cover the white clay.  It's a flatter surface to paint on.  So, all in all they are ok... at best.  I wasn't going to scrap them yet.  I may give it another try.  OH the biggest problem is sculpey clay is way more expensive than salt dough :-)


There you have it.  Was it worth the wait???? I think they turned out pretty good if I can toot my own horn. LOL.  Anyone want be to post a tutorial for these? Leaving it open for discussion... just let me know :-)
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11 comments:

Gayle said...

Absolutely we want a tutorial - I think they're totally awesome! I guess you could just do a Google image search for design ideas? Love it!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Of course we want tutorials!
These look very much like redware.
We could do the sponge over redware and the scrzaffito (I didn't spell that right, I know) squiggle lines.
See, I'm with Gayle, I love it.

Sheila said...

Aren't you clever?! Sleeplessness is what brought these about? AWESOME, Mary!
TFS

Happy New Year to you and yours~

Primsue said...

Mary, they turned out great. You are a very talented lady.
Have a blessed New Year,
Sue

lilraggedyangie said...

Mary I love them all , sculpey is very expensive unless you go to art store and buy the large blocks of the original sculpey . I prefer salt dough but rolling evenly takes lots of practice either way YOU DID A FAB JOB , thanks for sharing ! hugs lilraggedyangie

simple~needs said...

great job!!!

Never So Simple said...

I think they look great!

Donna

Sandy said...

I LOVE both and may give it a try with both. I bought some clay from the Dollarstore. I was suppose to use it to make things for my Christmas Show but I had too many things on my 'To Do List'...LOL

When I can get some free time...doesn't look like till the end of Jan :( So many things to do, at least I can say I don't have time to get into trouble...hehe. But anyways, I will let you know how they turn out :)

nancy huggins said...

They are really cool..you did great..I would love to try salt dough but I have some bowls I got from someone and every time it gets a little humid they start to collapse..I love them and I hate it when they get wacked out of shape? What temp do you bake them at. I don't know if it would be worth it to have to run the oven for a long time with expensive bottle gas :)
Thanks for sharing :)

NancyW said...

They are so nice and you are too modest, keep going they are great! Please do share a tutorial.
Nancy

forever growing said...

Do you think you could put the dough through a pasta machine?