Saturday, November 5, 2011

Humongous Fungus....not really, but the rhyme makes me laugh...

Saturday morning is one of my favourite times to catch up on your wonderful blogs. With everyone still in bed and no lunches to prepare, no breakfasts to serve, no last minute 'sign this form please mom'.


Like a cat searching for that perfect spot to lay on; that spot where the warm stream of sunlight touches the ground oh so heavenly.  I also find that  perfect spot on the chair that has been coloured with the sun's light.  The warmth not only fills my body but also my soul.  I absorb the silence and the serenity of a Saturday morning and feel grateful for all my blessings. 

And even though this silence won't last for too long as the house will surely begin to soon stir, at this moment I feel happy.


Happy that I have this little blog, which has brought me so much joy and has been such an incredible outlet for all the crazy ideas that float in my head.  I love sharing what I know with you and even though I sometimes struggle with what I should share (because I wonder if it's 'good enough' to share), I am slowly letting that insecurity go.


And that is why I'm showing you these little mushrooms.  As you may know, clay is my favourite medium and sculpting probably what I'm best at (I say that with all modesty).  I could do it for hours at a time and find so much enjoyment in taking a clump of nothing and converting it into something that resembles life. 


Inadvertently, I have been doing a little series of various neutral table settings.  On my previous post, I showed how to make a flower napkin ring and today, I want to show how to make a simple place card holder. 

I prepared a little tutorial for you but please know that it is somewhat difficult to do a clay tutorial with pictures, so if there are any instructions which are not clear, please let me know and I will do my best to clarify. 

1. Roll clay into a ball (this was the piece of clay prior to me making it into a ball, sorry)
2. Flatten down with your finger tips (about the size of a quarter )

3. Gently indent the top of the circle. Note: when making this particular bowl shape, I like to use the top of my middle knuckle kinda like a mold by placing the circle on top of my folded knuckle and gently pressing down and around it with my other hand. 
4. It should look like a little bowl, but make sure the inside is not too deep.


5. With a toothpick, make lines starting from the centre to the outside.  Do this all the way around.
6. Take another piece of clay and roll in a cylinder shape (this measures approx 1.5'')


7. Roll top of cylinder between finger tips so the top becomes thinner than the bottom.
8. Gently insert toothpick from the bottom of the cylinder and break off excess (this will aid in supporting the mushroom but it might not be necessary depending on the type of clay you use) 
9. You might have to reshape the cylinder after placing the toothpick. Once you are satisfied with the shape, insert the 'stem' onto the bottom of the head of the mushroom. 
10. I made a smaller one in the same manner and attached it. I like to prop my sculpture up with smooth rocks. 




Once the mushrooms dried, I glued them to a small river rock and than glued a little bit of moss around them to create more interest. 


I know some mind find this unconventional, but I think that this place card marker would make a great conversation starter.... 


I can see these at Christmas as well, painted red with little white dots and all sparkly or at a rustic wedding...


I told you I have a lot of crazy ideas floating in my head, so thank you for reading along.
And as mentioned before, if you have any questions or are unclear about the instructions, please let me know.

Thanks again friends and I hope you have a beautiful weekend! 


much love,

Lucy 



15 comments:

  1. Very pretty place setting! The only thing your funny little rhyme missed was "among us". LOL! :)

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  2. Lucy-Those are just darling! I have never really tried much sculpting-except I used to make Santa faces for my Santa creations because I couldn't find any heads! lol I may have to try this one of these days. You are GREAT at it AND at the tutorial. Hope you have a peaceful day and enjoy those precious quiet moments! xo Diana

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  3. Lucy they really are adorable! I'm thinking I might have to give them a try!
    Susan

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  4. I completely thought those were the real deal until you said "clay." So clever - gorgeous table setting.

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  5. OMG, I LOve your post and little creations!! A adore natural, and nature in home decor....thanks for sharing!

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  6. How sweet and done with so much love!

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  7. This wasn't just a great tutorial, it was a great tutorial beautifully presented. I love your calm, serene photographs. The mushrooms are really lovely; I think I might have a try at those. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  8. How wonderful! This seems very doable and I think I'd like to try it to make as some holiday gifts this year. I have not worked with clay so I'm not familiar with the kind of clay I should purchase. Can you give me some advice on material selection? Thanks so much and keep those awesome ideas coming!

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  9. This table is just wonderful! I love the neutral colors and it looks very, very stylish!

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  10. I just love your blog - such beautiful things. In the November 2nd article you pictured clay acorns. Could you do a tutorial on making the clay acorsn. Love them!

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  11. I am totally in love with all things mushrooms and these are no exception. Just way too cool and yes I could see painting them a million different ways to use on a table setting!! Wonderful!

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  12. EXCELENTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cariños
    SUSY

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  13. Simply adorable! I could wish to have enough time to do all these lovely projects, but so far I can only share them on my blog. I use one of your great pictures to share this tutorial and link it back to you (check here: http://krasart.com/2012/05/06/diy-clay-mushrooms-tutorial-by-craftberrybush/ )

    Thanks again for presenting us the "crazy ideas floating in your head" :) keep doing it!

    Krasi

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