Faux Wicker Clay Technique is one of my favorite ways to use polymer clay. You can give it as many looks as real wicker. I also happen to love the look of sunflowers. They lend themselves fall decorating. Personally I like flowers any time of the year and you will find a lot of my projects are flowers or have flowers in or on them. So get our your clay and have fun making flowers to decorate your faux wicker project.
Materials for Faux Wicker technique:
- Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow Hue
- aluminum foil
- recycled paper towel tube
- paper towels
Tools for Faux Wicker Technique:
- Polyform Sculpey Basic Shapes Mini Metal Cutters
- Polyform Sculpey Tools: Clay Extruder, 5 in 1 Tool Kit, Clay Conditioning Machine
- Polyform Sculpey Bake & Bond
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Honey Brown, Spicy Mustard, Bright Orange, Cadmium Red, Light Cinnamon
- Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
Directions for Faux Wicker Technique:
1. Condition Burnt Umber clay and run through clay conditioning machine several times. Roll clay into tube and load into clay extruder. Extrude entire load of clay. Fold strand in half; twist clay around itself to 1/8″ width. Continue twisting until clay looks like rope.
2. Wrap aluminum foil around recycled paper tube; dust lightly with cornstarch. Wrap rope strand around foil tube four times, pressing pieces together lightly. Apply tiny dots of Bake & Bond; press together. Use chisel tip on tool to blend ends into rope. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven for 10 minutes. Let cool.
3. While faux wicker pieces are baking and cooling, condition Cadmium Yellow Hue clay. On last pass through clay conditioning machine, set thickness to third thickest on machine. Place clay flat on work surface. Use leaf shape cutter to cut eight petals for each napkin ring. See Photo 1. Cut out center circle for each napkin ring.
4. Pinch petal ends into points to shape. Squeeze ring of Bake & Bond on circle; press eight petals evenly spaced around circle. See Photo 2 and Photo 3.
5. Cut Burnt Umber circle for flower center. Use detail tool to add random seed dots and create texture. Press flower center on center of each flower; spot glue with Bake & Bond if needed.
6. Apply Bake & Bond on top of cooled faux wicker napkin ring. Press flower on to napkin ring; return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool.
7. On covered work surface, lightly paint wicker Honey Brown; wipe off excess paint. See Photo 5 and Photo 6. Lightly paint petals Spicy Mustard; wipe off excess paint. Dry brush Bright Orange on center of petals and Cadmium Red on area close to flower center. Use tip of chisel tool dipped in Light Cinnamon to add tiny dots on petals. Paint flower center Light Cinnamon; wipe off excess with paper towel. Let dry. Remove napkin ring from paper tube.
1. The softer the clay, the easier it is to extrude, so run clay several times through clay conditioning machine before beginning.
My husbands family is German and we love to celebrate with an Oktoberfest Party. We invited a few friends over to enjoy the good food, great drinks and have some wonderful conversations. The party was a hit with decorations provided by Oriental Trading Company. The food and the recipes were all mine. Well almost mine, I managed to get the Raspberry Beer Punch out of my husbands Great-Aunt Catherine a few years into our marriage. You can find beer punch recipe here. I also served his dad’s potato salad and you can get that recipe here. The Beer Cheese Recipe is really all mine.
We had a hot dog and sausage toppings bar with almost anything you could think to put on a bun with meat. I made curry wurst too. Gary picked out a bunch of seasonal Oktoberfest beers.
Our German Beer Girl was a hit. Especially since she served shots of Apple Schnapps. We decided to name her Hilde.
Supplies for DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations:
To make the DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations:
- Trim off the edges of the pretzels as shown
- Cut a piece of ribbon to go around the throat of the bottle.
- Glue got the ribbon into place.
- Add a Glue Dot to the top and the bottom of the pretzel on the back side.
- Adhere to the front of the bottle covering the spot where the ribbon connects.
I chose to use Glue Dots because the hold firmly in place yet are easy to remove when you need it to come off. The glue dots are easily removed from the glass bottle. The bottles were used during the party for the lemonade served to the kids. I wanted them to feel like the party was for them too. There were also fun little Duckies in Lederhosen hanging around the table. I can almost guarantee that the duckies were in a bathtub floating around when they went home.
If you would like to see more of the party you can visit the Oriental Trading Company blog. If you are looking for another authentic dish to serve try the German Style Potato Salad or Beer Cheese Dip and for party decoration ideas try the Oktoberfest Party and for fun Party Favors