I love details in decor!! I am always talking about how it’s “in the little details!” There have been so many pieces of furniture that I have done along the way and added some additional mouldings of some sort to. Most of them have been wood pieces that I have purchased at a hardware store and hoped for the best that they would fit the spot. Recently I came across this amazing product by Iron Orchid Designs!! It’s called paper clay, and it used moulds to form the decorative pieces you require. Remember when you were a kid and how much fun Playdoh was?! Well this is like Playdoh for adults. I recently added some decorative pieces that I moulded to my front porch swing and I thought I would share how I did it. Be sure to follow my blog to see all my posts first! Simply head to the bottom of the page and hit the follow button and follow me on Pinterest here or by hovering your cursor over the picture and clicking the button ❤️❤️
- Paper clay
- Rubber moulding
- Chalk paint
- Lint free wipe
- Small paint brush
Begin by deciding the size and shape of the mould you will be using. I knew I had to cover about a 10″ area so I had to make an additional piece for the middle of mine to make it long enough. Break off a small piece of the clay and soften it by massaging it in your fingers until it’s workable. Then simply press it in to the mould firmly, push it into the corners as much as you can and try to level the back out as much as possible if you are going to be attaching it to a flat piece of furniture like I was.
Once you are certain the detailing in the mould is ready, simply peel the mould out.
I had to do mine in sections because I was making it bigger but you should be able to have it all come out in one piece. Once you have popped out the mould clay, let it dry for a good 12 hours, I left mine overnight.
You will want to make sure it doesn’t curl up or change shape when its drying so you can put a small object on it with a bit of weight, but not something so heavy it will change the detailing. Once the pieces are dry you can attach them to your furniture or project piece.
Make sure to use a very good wood glue or construction adhesive. I couldn’t lay mine flat to dry so I used painters tape to ensure the moulds wouldn’t move while they were drying.
Leave them to completely dry, I left mine overnight. Now you are ready to finish the pieces, you could do this before as well and then glue them after but I wanted to have the paint blend with the furniture so it look like the pieces had always been there.
Start with your dark colour and use a small paint brush to insure you are getting into the nooks and crannies. Allow the paint to dry fully before you begin with the lighter colour overtop. Now you can apply your top or final colour, I did two coats for better coverage.
Let it set until its dry but don’t leave it to long, I left mine for about 30 minutes and then using a lint free damp cloth, wipe the areas you want the darker colour to show through.
You could use a mouse sander or 220 grit hand buffer to do this as well but you may risk the sanding right to the clay. I found it easiest to use the damp cloth. I LOVE the finished product! It turned out even better than I was expecting and was so fun and easy to do.
This lil’addition of paper clay moulds on my bench totally stepped my finished piece and I will be using this product on future projects for sure. I am hoping to get my hands on some more moulds for these as well!! I would love to hear how your projects turn out if you use this product.