Monday, November 8, 2010

Oh, wooden it be lovely? a diy story part 1

Changed pictures, this one is so much better. A little more light today than yesterday.

Here is a close up, you can click on the pic to make it bigger

There is that heart box again. Did I tell you I love those inexpensive mache boxes?

I am using a technique of layering colors together to make faux wood.
I also make bone and Ivory this way. More on that later.
I use 4 colors of Cernit to do this. Opaque white, White, Caramel, and Champagne.

All links will lead to my Hubby's on line store Clay Factory.
I endorse this blatant plug. ;-D

You will need:

2 blocks of Opaque White Cernit
1 block of White Porcelain Cernit
1 block of Caramel Cernit
1 block of Champagne Cernit
Clay Machine
Acrylic roller
Clay Slicing Blade

1. Condition the Opaque White and then condition the Caramel.

2. Mix 4 parts of White with 1 part of Caramel until one color and roll out on the thickest setting in your Clay Machine. Or 1 block Opaque white mixed with 1/4 block Caramel.
The sheets that I made for this technique were about 4 1/2" by 3 1/8". You can make them smaller if you wish. A little over 1/2 a block will make a sheet this size.

3.Condition all of the other colors, including more Opaque White.

4. Start with a caramel sheet.

5. Now make a sheet of the mixed caramel and opaque white.
Cut it to fit the caramel sheet. You do not need everything to be perfect, in fact the more irregular everything is the better the wood looks so I do not trim away ragged edges, they are an asset.

6. The next color to go in the stack is the champagne.
Trim away excess.

7. The next sheet to go in the stack is the white porcelain.

Trim away the excess. See how perfect and even my sheets are. NOT!
But you, you must be perfect, hahahaha!!

8. The final sheet will be the Opaque white.
Trim away the excess.

9. This is what the stack will look like from the side.

10. Roll the whole stack out with the acrylic rolling pin till it is about 1/4" thick. Always roll the length of the stack, so not roll the width out.

11. Here is the sheet on the other side it is getting thinner and longer. The width has expanded a little from rolling but not much. The length though is a lot longer.

12. Here is the stack from the side so you can see the thickness.

Stay tuned to part 2... 

and Part 3 


  1. Love making faux wood..... and the box is gorgeous!

  2. Oh this is looking to be another interesting one :)

    Thank you Marie.

    Oh and I think you *might* have mentioned once or twice that you like those boxes an iddle bit :P

  3. Marie you make it look so simple!
    Thank you so much for your wisdom and work...

    Love Pattee <3

  4. Thanks for this fantastic tutorial, I look forward to the second part!great work!!!hugs,

  5. "But you, you must be perfect, hahahaha!!"

    Yes, Ma'am!

    Wow, you could have fooled me! I thought you took out your chisel and made this out of real wood!

  6. this is my favorite of yours, my very favorite

    the color is calmly wonderful.

    sleepily, even....zzz...zzzzzzz...zzzzzz....hearts;

  7. Heey Marie!
    I'm sending scary little orphan Marie to you tomorrow :-)

  8. That is so very cool! i love it!!

  9. Marie, me encantan tus tutoriales, aprendo muchisimo.
    El problema es que yo lo hago en miniatura y muchos moldes son dificiles de conseguir, pèro me sirve para aprender a hacer diferente texturas y modelos.
    Muchas gracias.
    besitos ascension

  10. Wow---I love watching these pieces happen! You are here by pronounced the Queen of Clay!!!
    And crossing fingers this will post now.....X


  11. Marie, I used the clay you gave me as gifts when you and Renee made those secret plans, to help my daughter create some sculptures for her class project. OMG! It is so difficult! Here you are making it look so easy, like you can do this first thing in the morning before coffee. I really thought it was wood! You are the master clay artist!!! Beautiful Marie!

  12. I hope it is Carmen. Thanks.
    Yeah, I do love those boxes, I thought I had told you. LOL!!

  13. It is simple Pattee, very simple!
    You are so welcome.

  14. LOL!!! Thanks Bella.
    People always seem to get so stressed out about measuring and perfect edges.
    This work is better off not being perfect. JMHO!

  15. LOL!! Thanks kj!!


  16. Usted es bienvenido. Acsencion entiendo. Su trabajo es muy bueno. Usted debe hacer lo que hago ... hacer sus propios moldes de las cosas que quieres.
    Yo uso una masilla de moldear la segunda parte de la tecnología medioambiental llamada

    EasyMold masilla de silicona

    Yo traductor de google

  17. Thanks Anne and it posted YAY!!!
    So good to *see you*.

  18. Awwwwwwwwwwwww Thank you Ces!
    You just have to practice a little!

  19. Oh my goodness! This is just gorgeous, Marie. It truly looks like carved wood. I love the little cute! Theresa

  20. A time consuming creation with the latering, oh but the end result is just stunning. A great piece thatlooks like it was made from wood for sure awesome.


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