Textured Clay

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

This may be aging myself, but I went to college right at the beginning of the Fimo/modeling clay craze. Everywhere you looked someone was making something out of that stuff. Layered beads, talismans, disk pendants, key chains. It was hot. And I’ve always lied it, probably in part because it reminds me of those days. But also because of it’s infinite uses and applications. Lately I’ve been really digging textured clay. I love the idea of cutting buttons or beads or little pieces of pottery out of clay that has been stamped or rolled into interesting textures. And the best part is that you need very little by way of special equipment to carry it out. Roll a pinecone over the surface or press leaves or flowers into freshly rolled clay, anything with texture is fair game! Need some more ideas? Check out these projects we’ve rounded up!

Clay Art - Urban Comfort

Clay ArtUrban Comfort

These bowls and plates are simply stunning. I can hardly get over how beautiful they are. I’d love to make a collection of little bowls for my hose similar to these, using items for nature to do my stamping and then forming simple shapes for jewelry dishes or catch-alls. Beautiful!

Salt Dough Eggs - Design Mom

DIY: Salt Dough EggsDesign Mom

I know that Easter is long gone but I’m still loving these egg ornaments! They would make such  a fun spring project to do with the little ones and you could use forks and knives or simple stamps to emboss them before baking and painting them. Can’t you just imagine a tree outside decorated with them for spring?

Hello, Plum Magnets - Design Sponge

Hello, Plum Magnets!Design Sponge

These magnets’ bright candy colors and deep embossing attracted me from the moment I saw them. You could make them for different family members and use initialed magnets to display special notes and artwork on your fridge. I think they would also be fun as buttons (you could poke holes in them or add a shank to the back before the clay dries). Colorful, cute and functional! I love it!

Have you done any embossed or textured clay projects lately? Send us a photo and we’ll add it to our pinboard! Find these and lots of other project ideas on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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