Copper and Clay Jewelry Tray

clay with copper leaf jewelry tray organic raw
Do you guys watch Everybody Loves Raymond? Oh my gosh we have been on a Raymond kick the last couple of weeks since we discovered it was on Netflix! One of my uncles actually refers to the show as “holy hour” which we have also started calling it. Do you remember the episode where Frank got on to Marie for cutting the English muffin with a knife? Ever since I saw that episode I have been craving a muffin, so Hubs picked some up for me. I had one today and I was flitting about waiting for it to finish toasting only to take a bite and realize that I no longer enjoy the taste of an English muffin. LOL  Now I have to figure out something to do with these muffins!

Last week I bought an 18 sheet pack of faux gold leaf and 25 sheet pack of real copper leaf for three different projects, I wound up using all the leaf for one project that was a bust. So this week I got some more copper leaf and made a copper and clay jewelry tray. Initially I rolled out a long length of snake and then coiled it which helped keep the thickness fairly even. I pressed the seams together and started flattening it and then gave what was planned as an organic, raw-like edge which turned out to look more like a flower. Hey it didn’t break I was happy! Ha! I do like how it turned out, it just wasn’t planned that way.

Once it dried (which took a few days), I gave the trays a couple coats of white paint as the clay wasn’t quite as white as I had anticipated. I used Mod Podge for the adhesive, but I wish I had used the Speedball adhesive because the Mod Podge just took too long to dry.

And finally, I sealed the copper with Liquitex varnish which will help it not patina and protect the leafing. If you wanted a patinaed look you could definitely do that and then seal it. I think I will do another tray and do some kind of texturing on it with lace?

If you must have a bunny ring like the one on the tray check out AureaPraga on Etsy; Aurea is a sweetheart and is so easy to work with.
My dears guess what time it is? “It’s the weekend!” When me and Hubs were dating, if you asked him how he was on a Friday he would respond with those three words in his very southern accent. I don’t hear the southern anymore, but it’s the weekend and I am excited! :D See you Monday!
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40 comments

    • Heather says:

      Hey Dona! I bought all of it on Amazon. It’s not too bad maybe $30, but you’ll have plenty leftover to do some other things. May be cheaper if you get it at the craft store with coupons or on sale. I can’t wait to hear what you do!

  1. Teje says:

    Hi Heather! Thank you for stopping by – I’m happy to meet you and to see your fantastic Works! Great ideas and I love your way to write! Enjoy the weekend! x Teje

  2. Corinna Ashley says:

    Its stunning! Thanks for sharing the process, and for sharing on Plucky’s Second Thought Link Party! Im tgis week’s cohost and wanted to introduce myself, and let you know I’ve shared to google+!

  3. Marti Magna says:

    You are so creative !! I really love that tray and it seems pretty straight forward to create however personally I wouldn’t have the patience to wait for it to dry for 2 days haha
    I really like the leafing it gives it such warmth rather than just painting it some random color.
    I hope you had an awesome weekend.
    Marti

    • Heather says:

      Oh yes this would be lovely on a coffee table! Thank you Ashley…oh I am loving your table runner that you posted today! I am going to “officially” head over in a minute!

  4. aprila says:

    very neat, this would be fun to make. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

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