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Copper and Clay Jewelry Tray

March 14, 2014

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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.
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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.

clay with copper leaf jewelry tray organic raw

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?

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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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41 Comments

  • Reply Grandmother March 14, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Someone may need one of his statues copper leafed now.

  • Reply Dona March 14, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Wow! That stuff looks amazing! Where did you get it? Is it expensive? My brain is swirling with ideas!

    • Reply Heather March 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      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!

  • Reply Ana Love Craft March 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    How lovely!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

    • Reply Heather March 15, 2014 at 1:37 am

      Thank you Ana! You too!

  • Reply Teje March 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

    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

    • Reply Heather March 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      I am so happy to meet you too Teje! Oh thank you that truly means a lot to me. :D

  • Reply Treat and Trick March 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    This looks pretty amazing! Thanks for the idea…

  • Reply Steph March 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    This is Beautiful! Thanks for linking up. :D

  • Reply Dee March 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    It was a great idea to add the copper leaf. It’s a beautiful tray.

    • Reply Heather March 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Aww thank you Dee!

  • Reply Jenerally Informed March 16, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    That is very lovely! The copper is a nice touch.

  • Reply Wangu March 17, 2014 at 2:15 am

    I love the copper color. This is a cool Idea for a tray.
    I love your blog too

    • Reply Heather March 17, 2014 at 4:47 am

      Awww thank you that means a lot to me! :D

  • Reply Corinna Ashley March 17, 2014 at 9:47 am

    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+!

    • Reply Heather March 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you Corinna! Congrats on cohosting! :D

  • Reply Jennifer @ Brave New Home March 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

    This is pretty stunning! I have some of that type of clay laying around. I’m tempted to try this, too!

    • Reply Heather March 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      You definitely should to go with your glass jewelry box! Thank you Jennifer!

  • Reply Jess March 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Oh my, what a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Reply Anam (Delicious and DIY) March 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Oh Wow Heather this looks so amazing :D

    • Reply Heather March 18, 2014 at 3:49 am

      Thank you Anam! It reminded me of something you might do. :D

  • Reply Marti Magna March 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    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

    • Reply Heather March 18, 2014 at 3:50 am

      Thank you Marti! Haha…sometimes I wonder though why I take so much time for a tiny project. Hehe

  • Reply Ginnie March 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

    This is so gorgeous, Heather! I thought it was a shell from the teaser pic.

    • Reply Heather March 19, 2014 at 5:31 am

      Yeah I can see that now! Thanks Ginnie!

  • Reply Sara : Confetti Sunshine March 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Gorgeous! I love how it looks. I might have to try gold leafing out.

    • Reply Heather March 19, 2014 at 5:24 am

      Absolutely…maybe a donut box with gold leafing??? :D

  • Reply Mindie Hilton March 19, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Very pretty. What a fun ring too! Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time.

    • Reply Heather March 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Hey Mindie! Oh I love that ring! I have been thinking of you, take care doll!

  • Reply Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods March 21, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I *need* this for my coffee table! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Pinning!

    • Reply Heather March 21, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      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!

  • Reply aprila March 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

    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.

    • Reply Heather March 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you! I will be there!

  • Reply Maz Kwok March 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing your smexy projects at CAL link party! I always love to see them :)

    • Reply Heather March 22, 2014 at 12:21 am

      Thank you for hosting Maz!

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