Looking back at the last 4 months on this blog, I need to apologize for post bombing you with big shiny room reveals and neglecting the fun and crafty tutorial type posts! In some circumstances, I felt like you didn’t need to see (again!) how I sewed curtains or painted a dresser. In others… I just got so excited to finish the room that projects were done at night or so quickly that I forgot to take pictures! But… I’m trying to slow down enough to share the specifics with you because I know as a blog reader, THAT’s what I enjoy… How did you actually make this thing that I love! Well, today… back to the crafts!
DIY Imitation Capiz Shell Frame
In the spirit of good ol’ crafty fun, today’s post is about a Knock Off. You know those sweet capiz shell frames that look like mother of pearl? We have a trio from our wedding registry and more recently I noticed them as a fun gallery wall on a little known website, Young House Love… (Material list at the end of the post.)
Step 1. Mold modeling clay
Take 3 even wads of Sculpey and roll each one into a long snake.
Step 2. Roll Clay into log
Put your three snakes together and roll them into one long log.
Step 3. Fold, Twist and Repeat
Fold your log in half, twist the two halves around each other and roll it into a long log. Repeat this process 3 or 4 times.
Step 4. Fold into an S Shape and Roll Out
Take your long log and fold it together into a “S” shape. With your rolling pin or a smooth bottle, roll out your Sculpey until it’s 2-5 mm thick.
Step 5. Cut Clay
Using a straight edge and your sharp edge, cut rectangles out of your sculpey wide enough to cover the picture frame.
Step 6. Bake
Follow the directions on your Sculpey package which are typically to bake your clay for 10-20 minutes at 275 degrees.
Step 7. Paint the Frame
Spray paint your frame off white and let it dry.
Step 8. Glue Tiles onto Frame
Glue your Sculpey onto the frame using a hot glue gun or epoxy. I happened to have some glossy clear spray lacquer that I used as a top coat, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
This is one of those projects that is fun and easy and cool! Now that I know how similar these Sculpey tiles look to a real Capiz shell frame, I’m excited to try something a little bigger… perhaps a mirror or a tray or even a table top? I’m not a Sculpey expert, but I suspect there’s a fun way to cut the Sculpey into circles and play around with different patterns also.
Materials for DIY Capiz Shell Frame
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– 1 thrift store frame with a flat border
– Off-white paint (I used Rust-Oleum Heirloom White)
– 1 block Pearl Sculpey
– 1 block Translucent Sculpey
– 1 block White Sculpey (a different brand is shown, but any polymer clay will work!)
– hot glue gun/ epoxy
– sharp knife/ exacto knife
– Optional: Sculpey Rolling Pin