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Clay Wall Hanging & ring bowls

Today I’m sharing my attempt to make clay bowls which turned into a clay wall hanging & ring bowls ! How did that happen…. ? Keep on reading!

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I took pottery classes a few years back, when we still lived in Canada and I really enjoyed it! Clearly, after this, you can see that I could use a few more of those! Oh well. My sister in law, the one, who sewed those two amazing bunnies I showed you in my spring living room deco [you can see a link below], happens to be really talented doing pottery and has given me many bowls and cups and such throughout the years and I adore them all! Anyway, I’ve always wanted to make beautiful things out of clay, like her, except mine never really turned out as great as hers. So the other day, at the store, I found air drying clay and thought I wanted to give the whole pottery thing another try without needing an oven for it and all that equipment, you know? Ok. 

So I got going, you know, had everything set up, and my idea was to make little bowls, for rings, for jewellery maybe and just for having them as deco. I had looked it up on Pinterest to see some ideas and one tip was, to make a ball of clay and just spread it out in a bowl to get the shape. Yeah, that didn’t work for me, as the clay got so stuck to the other bowl and I couldn’t get it off without breaking and deforming the clay bowl I was trying to make. Maybe they used different clay? Not sure. So I just formed some myself and maybe it was the terracotta clay I was using, but I really imagined them coming out prettier! LoL. I used lots of water in between, to keep the clay wet and avoid it to break and dry too fast as well. 

I kept two of those bowls that I thought would look ok when painted at the end. Well. I thought. Then I quickly changed my mind and started making feathers [ at least that’s what I was trying to do..] I thought they would look nice as deco on a table or even with some rings on them. But they didn’t look like feathers at all! They looked more like leaves! Or something. 

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I used a pencil to make some designs on them. At least they looked a little more interesting now. Always dipping my finger in water and smoothing out the clay so it would look even and not get too dry. After, I placed it on a paper towel and on a tray and let it dry for about 3 days. I think they were ready to be painted after 2 already. 

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I then got them ready for spray painting! I gave them lots and lots of coats of white spray paint. I think I almost used the whole can! 

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They did look a little bit better by then. And then seeing the “leaves” or “feathers” or what ever they were, I got another idea! I still had some wood and I finally knew where these were going to end up! 

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I grabbed my piece of wood, my thin golden wire and attached the leaves [lets say that’s what they are] to it by just twisting the wire around the top part of the leaves. Now, if I had gotten that idea a little earlier, I could have made holes before they were dry, but oh well. Twisting them around the ends worked as well! And this wire I have is just perfect for it! Then I attached it to the wood and that’s when my clay wall hanging was done! 

Clay Wall Hanging & Ring Bowls

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This is not at all what I had in mind when I got started, but I’m quite happy with what it turned out to be. Sometimes getting new ideas in~the~making also can turn out ok! As for the ring bowls, they didn’t really became what I had envisioned… but I’ll still use them! I added some “golden” touch to it and they are fine. Not screaming YAY, but you know…maybe I’ll give it another try with different clay sometime. 

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As always, Thanks for stopping by the blog! Have you ever used air drying clay?? I’d appreciate any tips!!

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  • Morgan
    12/05/2016 at 21:03

    Your pieces look incredible! This is a really interesting craft, and the results are absolutely gorgeous! The designs you incorporated into the leaf pieces are a really nice finishing touch. Awesome post! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Katrin
      13/05/2016 at 09:46

      Aww Thank you Morgan! I appreciate it so much! 🙂

  • Navy Wifey Peters @ USS Crafty
    01/05/2016 at 13:34

    Such lovely creations! I really love the wall hanging! I’m pinning this!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

    • Katrin
      01/05/2016 at 13:43

      Thanks so much! I’m so happy you like it! 🙂 Happy Sunday!

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  • Mimi
    29/04/2016 at 06:23

    I love this Katrin. Such a gentle idea. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou last week. Will you join us again? Mimi xxx

    • Katrin
      29/04/2016 at 08:47

      Thanks so much Mimi! Of course I’ll come over to join in again this week! 🙂

  • twochicksandamom/Donna
    29/04/2016 at 00:15

    I love the wall hangings and the ring holders–so beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

    • Katrin
      29/04/2016 at 08:43

      Thank you so much!!

  • Theresa
    27/04/2016 at 20:06

    I love how your project turned out! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Pinned & shared. See you again soon!

    • Katrin
      27/04/2016 at 21:51

      Thank you so much Theresa!!

  • Emily
    27/04/2016 at 15:54

    Both of your projects are beautiful, but I am particularly in love with the feather wall hanging! Such a neat way to display your pretty clay feathers! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark; I am featuring your wall hanging idea this week.

    • Katrin
      27/04/2016 at 21:49

      Thank you so much Emily, I appreciate it and am super happy about the feature!!! 🙂

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  • Diana
    27/04/2016 at 03:22

    I think your feather/leaves are darling and I like the different designs you incised them with. It so reflective of your cool, simple style. Thanks for sharing your posts with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • Katrin
      27/04/2016 at 09:42

      Thanks Diana!!! I’m happy you like them 😉

  • Laurie
    26/04/2016 at 18:36

    Katrin, I recently purchased some air dry clay as well, thinking that I would come up with something to use it for. Even though your bowls did not turn out exactly as planned, the wall hanging is adorable and the simplicity of the ring dishes are wonderful! I think you did a great job! Pinning and tweeting to share! Thank you for linking up with us for Brag About It!

    • Katrin
      26/04/2016 at 18:51

      Aww thanks so much Laurie, you’re so nice to say that! Excited to see what you make out of your clay!

  • Tara @ Lehman lane
    26/04/2016 at 17:37

    So pretty Katrin! I especially like the ring bowls. Pinning:). Thanks so much for sharing them with our link party. Have a wonderful week and take care, Tara

    • Katrin
      26/04/2016 at 18:50

      Thanks so much Tara… happy someone likes those ring bowls! 🙂 Have a great week as well & Thanks for visiting!

  • Kim~madeinaday
    26/04/2016 at 03:23

    So pretty I love them all! Sharing on FB! Have a great week! #merrymonday

    • Katrin
      26/04/2016 at 07:52

      Thanks! I appreciate it! 🙂

  • Nikki
    26/04/2016 at 01:38

    What a fun project. I didn’t know that they made clay that you could Air dry, instead of dry in a kiln. And your feather / leaves are really cool. I like the patterns that you have carved into them. As a hanging on the stick with the gold wire… it looks really cool. I love it hanging on your wall. I’ll have to look for that clay I had no idea that it even existed, but it looks like we could have a lot of fun with it. And your ring bowls are really cute too.

    • Katrin
      26/04/2016 at 07:52

      Yes! I saw it and thought how fun, since I don’t have a kiln nearby to use, sometimes they let you use them in community centres, but here where I live there’s nothing really available in that sense. So the air dry version is really convenient! I have to try to find it again! Thanks Nikki!

  • Winnie
    25/04/2016 at 22:25

    I think that these bowls and feathers turned out beautifully!!

    • Katrin
      26/04/2016 at 07:48

      Thank you so much Winnie!

  • Jennifer
    25/04/2016 at 14:59

    Those feathers are darling! Hanging them from the branch is perfect. Rustic and elegant! The bowls are great for catching little pieces of jewelry, etc. Thanks for linking it up to Dishing It! & Digging It!

    • Katrin
      25/04/2016 at 19:50

      Thank you so much Jennifer! I’m happy you like my clay experiments!! 😉

  • Life Loving
    24/04/2016 at 12:44

    I love the idea of using clay to create your own projects. What you’ve created looks awesome. I know they didn’t start out like they ended, but it’s good to see that you stuck with it.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Katrin
      24/04/2016 at 13:48

      Thanks so much! i’d definitely like to give this another try with different clay!

  • Sam @ Living The Dutch Dream
    20/04/2016 at 23:03

    Katrin, I really like what you have come up with – you are always so creative 🙂 I have been playing around with air-drying clay a bit lately too, I made some imprinted cones which I filled with little eggs for an easter branch display, I plan to re-use these cones to display lavender in the summer. I have also made some little low dishes with the kids which I have put succulents in.

  • Linda at Mixed Kreations
    20/04/2016 at 22:41

    Katrin your bowls and feathers turned out really pretty! What a cute idea hanging the feathers from some wood for wall decor. Adding the gold around the rims of your little bowls was just the right touch. I’ve tried the air dry and polymer clay and I get so frustrated I put it up for months at a time. Lol.

  • Sandra
    20/04/2016 at 17:55

    I love the bohemian vibe! I hope you do more with clay your creativity is off the charts!

    • Katrin
      20/04/2016 at 22:01

      Yes, I love some bohemian mix in my style as well, this is the right amount. Thanks so much for your sweet compliment Sandra!

  • Keri
    20/04/2016 at 16:15

    Katrin, these turned out really cool!! I like them. I took pottery classes in high school but I haven’t worked with clay since. I’ve never worked with air drying clay but I like the sound of it. I really want to try making things with salt dough. Anyway, I really like your leaves/feathers, and the bowls are really lovely!! I like the gold accents on the white; it looks so elegant together. Great job!! Keep it up!!

    • Katrin
      20/04/2016 at 17:20

      Yes it did sound interesting to me too, since you just let it dry! That’s definitely easy! I’ve used salt dough long time ago, it’s fun too, really great and smoother than clay, like play dough. You put it in the oven after and it’s ready! Can’t wait what you’ll come up with! Thanks for your sweet comment Keri!

  • Amberjane
    20/04/2016 at 15:56

    Love the leaves – thanks for sharing with Pin worthy Wednesday

    • Katrin
      20/04/2016 at 17:18

      Thanks for visiting Amberjane!

  • Maarit
    20/04/2016 at 15:17

    I really, really like it! Maybe I’ll try this idea too:-) I hope you do not mind!

    • Katrin
      20/04/2016 at 15:27

      Hi Maarit, no, I don’t mind at all! It’s fun, let me know how it goes. I didn’t like this type of clay very much, but maybe you have different types..Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lynn
    20/04/2016 at 13:08

    Those are great. And I like the wire wrapped around the top of the leaves better than I think I’d like it if there was a hole, really adds a lovely feature. Sometimes a project turns out the way you want it and sometimes you just have to roll with it. I think your final outcomes look so great and fit in well with your home decor.
    Have a lovely day my friend.
    Hugs, Lynn

    • Katrin
      20/04/2016 at 17:15

      Yeah, you’re right, you gotta roll with it sometimes… well, I did and I like having this on my wall, the bowls…they are looking fine with rings and earrings in them. It does fit in, that’s true! I definitely want to try other type of clay some time again! Lynn, Thanks for visiting! Have fun day as well!!

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    20/04/2016 at 09:57

    Katrin I don’t know what you were envisioning but they look really nice to me. Actually better than just nice. The white color and the touch of gold make the little bowls so pretty and they are practical too. The leaves are also lovely and the idea to hang them up was genius. They go so nicely paired with the Hola sign. I tried using clay once with my son. We made a dragon egg together…lol. After the clay was almost dry we had to add 500 thumb tacks to make it l ook like scales. I will never forget this project. He wants to do it again. (look of terror on mom’s face). I think you should pursue this, if you enjoy it, you will be able to achieve the desired result.

    • Katrin
      20/04/2016 at 11:33

      Thank you Mary! yes, I made something out of them, I just thought it was as easy as it was with the actual pottery clay. This one broke more and wasn’t as smooth to form with. But you know, I’ll keep on trying out different types of clay. That’s so funny that you made a dragon egg out of clay, how sweet, I bet it was tons of fun, lol!

  • Sam @ Raggedy Bits
    20/04/2016 at 09:45

    Katrin these have got to be the cutest projects!!! I love how you have used the clay!! What a lovely idea!! I’m with you….. I have never used air dry clay before but WOW you’ve done a awesome job for a first time user!!

    • Katrin
      20/04/2016 at 11:30

      Thanks so much Sam, that’s very sweet of you to say! I found this clay harder to use than the pottery clay you need to burn afterwards.

  • Michelle
    20/04/2016 at 09:19

    Sometimes a our mishaps can become a master piece. Yours definitely did. Love it!! Beautiful rustic elegance.

    • Katrin
      20/04/2016 at 11:17

      Thanks so much Michelle!!