Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Rose Magnet Tutorial

My good husband knows me well
For Christmas he mainly stuck to the crafting aisles

smart boy 

For a stocking stuffer, he picked up some Bake Shop Clay 
Which resulted in this:

Rose Magnet Tutorial

Difficulty: Easy-Peezy Pumpkin Squeezy
Time:  30 minutes
Cost: $1-2, depending on where you shop
Fun-ness: Would I lead you astray?

Materials Needed
Oven Bake Clay
Strong Magnet
Paint Brush
Glue Gun

Step 1: Rolling the Center
Roll a ball about the size of a small marble. Press into a flat oval. Using your index finger and thumb, roll the clay into a spiral. The bottom should be closed, while the top open like a flower bud.

Step 2: Adding your Petals
Start by make a ball the size of a large pea. Flatten into an oval shape, and wrap loosely around the center. Create a second ball, flatten, and wrap around the center, overlapping the first petal. Continue this process until you have reached the size you want (or you just run out of clay)

Step 3: Creating your Base
You want a flat bottom to give the magnet plenty of surface to cling to. Easiest way is to use scissors, and carefully cut the bottom off. If you push down too hard, you will crush your petals...Like I did on my first attempt...

Step 4: Baking
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit (or whatever the package directs), and place on a cooking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Take out and allow to cool....Maybe take an ice cream break...

Step 5: Painting
Grab out your favorite paint color and go to town!

Step 6: Gluing the Magnet
Once you've painted your entire flower, hot glue the magnet onto the back. Honestly, I am a cheap-o, and busted a magnet off of a magnet clip from my fridge. It took a hammer, a screwdriver, and a husband. I'm sure that saved me all of 10 cents. 

And that's it!!

Cute, easy, and inexpensive. Could it get any better?
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