Easter Basket Centerpiece

measures 4.75" across and 5.50" tall

measures 4.75" across and 5.50" tall

step 13 - Lay the clay flat on the work surface film side down.

Bring on Easter! You'll be ready with this colorful centerpiece blooming with colorful clay flowers. I cut mine on my Silhouette Curio™, but you can also cut the flowers with a craft knife. The flowers are baked then attached to the "basket" with adhesive. I found the glass container at my local 99 Cent Store. Similar ones are also available on Etsy and eBay. Substitute other types of containers like metal or plastic pails for interesting variations on this centerpiece. 

You'll find the instructions below designated for the Silhouette Curio™ (SC) users and craft knife (CK) users. Instructions without initials apply to both crafters.

Before you begin, condition clay. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.

 

Directions

step 1 - The pdf download includes two size flowers. Each flower is made up of two petal layers. You will need 8 large and small flowers in each color to decorate a container that measures 4.75” across the top. That’s a total of 16 flowers. CK - Download the pdf file for the flower templates. SC - A separate pdf download contains a cut file for Curio.

step 1 - The pdf download includes two size flowers. Each flower is made up of two petal layers. You will need 8 large and small flowers in each color to decorate a container that measures 4.75” across the top. That’s a total of 16 flowers.

CK - Download the pdf file for the flower templates. SC - A separate pdf download contains a cut file for Curio.

step 2 - There are eight flower colors (see them below). Create each by mixing the package color with white. Because these are soft colors, add colored clay to the white a little at a time until you achieve the shade you like.

step 3 - Roll out each color on the conditioning machine’s #3 setting. The sheet of clay for each color should measure approximately 4” x 4” which will make two complete flowers.

step 4 - CK – Print the flower templates on card stock. Cut out the shape to create a stencil. Place the card stock on the 4” x 4” clay sheet and trace around the stencil with a craft knife.

step 5 - SC – Place the clay on the shiny side of freezer paper. Press it to Curio’s cutting mat. Select your cut settings as follows: deep cut blade, platforms 4, speed 3, thickness 20.  If you haven’t done so already, set these as your permanent “Clay” settings under "material type" as they will work for most projects. Unscrew the cap from the Deep-Cut Blade. Twist the blade to the blue #10 mark and set it into the blade holder. Send the project to Curio to cut the clay.

step 5 - SC – Place the clay on the shiny side of freezer paper. Press it to Curio’s cutting mat. Select your cut settings as follows: deep cut blade, platforms 4, speed 3, thickness 20.  If you haven’t done so already, set these as your permanent “Clay” settings under "material type" as they will work for most projects. Unscrew the cap from the Deep-Cut Blade. Twist the blade to the blue #10 mark and set it into the blade holder. Send the project to Curio to cut the clay.

step 6 - Release the cut pieces from the clay sheet and transfer them to your work surface. Placing them on deli film will make them easier to maneuver and pick up later.

step 7 - Use the sharp, curved side of the small clay-sculpting tool to create tiny shavings of white clay.

step 7 - Use the sharp, curved side of the small clay-sculpting tool to create tiny shavings of white clay.

step 8 - Apply the bits to the edges of all the petals, spreading them like butter with the large and small smooth, oval shape tools. Spread out from the top center and down.

step 8 - Apply the bits to the edges of all the petals, spreading them like butter with the large and small smooth, oval shape tools. Spread out from the top center and down.

step 9 - Use the pointy end of the Etch N’ Pearl tool to create curved lines on each petal. Place the smaller layer over the larger one. Don’t match them up perfectly. Position the top layer petals over the spaces between the bottom layer petals. Press the concave end of the Etch N’ Pearl tool into the center to join the two petal layers.

step 9 - Use the pointy end of the Etch N’ Pearl tool to create curved lines on each petal. Place the smaller layer over the larger one. Don’t match them up perfectly. Position the top layer petals over the spaces between the bottom layer petals. Press the concave end of the Etch N’ Pearl tool into the center to join the two petal layers.

step 10 - Cut out a perfect white clay circle with the Etch N’ Pearl tool. Place the circle in the center of the flower. Use the tool’s pointy end to create decorative holes in the clay.

step 10 - Cut out a perfect white clay circle with the Etch N’ Pearl tool. Place the circle in the center of the flower. Use the tool’s pointy end to create decorative holes in the clay.

step 11 - Set the finished flower on a cookie cutter or other round ovenproof object that is slightly smaller than the flower. To give the flower dimension, gently push in on the center and bend the petal edges as desired.

step 11 - Set the finished flower on a cookie cutter or other round ovenproof object that is slightly smaller than the flower. To give the flower dimension, gently push in on the center and bend the petal edges as desired.

step 12 - Bake the flowers in a 275-degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow them to cool completely before handling.

step 13 - Attach 8 flowers to the container with E6000 adhesive. Alternate the sizes in this top row as well as the colors. Apply masking tape to prevent the flowers from sliding down the glass. When the adhesive is set, remove the tape and apply a second row, placing these flowers slightly below and between the flowers in the top row.

step 13 - Attach 8 flowers to the container with E6000 adhesive. Alternate the sizes in this top row as well as the colors. Apply masking tape to prevent the flowers from sliding down the glass. When the adhesive is set, remove the tape and apply a second row, placing these flowers slightly below and between the flowers in the top row.

step 14 - Fill the container with fake grass and colorful eggs.

Premo Clay Colors - all mixed with white

(left to right) Burnt Sienna, Orange, Wasabi, Fuchsia, White, Rose Gold, Purple, Yellow

   
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Sculpting Tools

I only discovered these sculpting tools recently and they are now my favorites. Because of their smooth shape, they help to blend clay without leaving unwanted marks. They also erase unwanted lines. They are inexpensive but sturdy and look a little like dental implements! Contact Kathy Davis at davisnet@earthlink.net to purchase them.

 



Supplies

At Amazon

  • clay conditioning machine
  • Silhouette Curio Machine or craft knife
  • SC - deep cut blade
  • deli film
  • Etch N' Pearl Tool

Michaels

  • Premo Burnt Sienna, Orange, Wasabi, Fuchsia, White, Rose Gold, Purple, Yellow
  • E6000 adhesive
  • fake grass and eggs

Miscellaneous

  • CK - printer & card stock
  • SC - freezer paper
  • container
  • cookie cutters
  • masking tape

 


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