Saturday, October 15, 2011

Finished on the 15th Tin can pumpkin box part 2- DIY

Thank you so much everyone who has voted, for me or otherwise, you are so appreciated!!

This is my post for the Fave Crafts Blog hop, Finished on the 15th.
It is a themed Blog hop for Halloween and I have the chance to win 50$ worth of craft products if you vote for me. Could you please check it out. I would love to win. You have to go to the fave craft  page (click on link of above) and like my post there.
Look for this picture.
You can click on this pumpkin to to go there.
Thank you so much if you do.

I did not get much done because I was getting ready for the San Diego polymer clay Guild's annual Sandy Camp. You can see the witches here
A good time was had by all.

This is continued from part one here

I thought you would like to see how I make the can boxes.
Never throw another can away again.

You will need:

4 ounce Ortega chili can (You can use any can size but the cutters I am using are for the 4 ounce size can) to find the right circle cutters, put a cutter inside the lid top to see which cutter will work and then use the nest size up for lid top.

Cernit Clay in

Light Green
Opaque white
Poppy red
Large block of Biscuit

1/2" Oval Kemper cutter
3/16" round Kemper cutter
1 1/8" round cutter
2" round cutter
2 1/2" round cutter
2 3/4" round cutter
Clay slicing blade
Knitting needle or bic stic pen

I mix all of my colors equally with the same amount of biscuit.

Condition to one color.

Condition some of the light green Cernit and roll out on the thickest setting in your clay machine.
The mix some of the gold Cernit with the light Green 1:1 and roll it out on the thickest setting.
I used a maple leaf cutter and cut out one leaf in each color.

Cut out the stem of the leaf.

Please disregard the piece of clay on the blade ;-D

Cut a "V" at the base of the leaf.

With a knitting needle make marks in the leaves you cut out for veins.

Like so.

From the back of the leaf pinch down the center vein just a little.

Place on the lid of the can. I make the leaves were the "V" is cut go up the stem a little and scrunch up the leaves to make them look real.

Take a 1/2" ball of the light green Cernit and roll out in to an elongated cone about 3" long.

Place the thick end in the dip of the stem and curl up.

Like so.

Roll out some black Cernit on the thickest setting in the clay machine and fold a part of it in half.

Using the 1/2" oval cutter, cut out 3 ovals.

 Stack together. You can wrap these with another piece of very thin black clay if you wish, but I leave them like this.

I roll them gently on the work surface to tack together.

Make 4 sets of these black stacked ovals and place at four corner on the bottom of the can.

Turn the can over and place on the feet and press gently to flatten feet a little.

Cut out 4 more double thick ovals for bat bodies.

Cut out 4 single thickness rounds with the 1 1/4" cutter.

Cut those single thick circles in half.

 Using the point of the 1/2" heart cutter starting on the out side of the half circles cut 3 points across the cut halves of each set.

 Like this. Do that with all of the sets. They will look like wings now.

Using the 1 1/4" cutter mark partial arcs from the points  to the top of the wing.

Like this.

Place a set of wings over each foot like so.

 Roll the little body balls of clay in to stubby pear shapes. Place the smaller end up and place the body over the wing tips and the feet

 Roll out some of the red Cernit on the 6th thickest setting and with the 3/16" round cutter cut out 4 sets of two each for the eyes on the bat.

Cut out a single thickness of black Cernit with the 3/16" cutter and roll into a short little coil and place over the red eyes. Mark in the center with your knitting needle. Do this on each bat.

Roll another little coil of black and cut off tiny slices and roll into a balls for the pupils in the eyes and place like above.

Make a mark for a mouth by moving the knitting needle. Do this on each bat.

Bats done, now for the face of the pumpkin.

Cut a 1/2" strip of single thickness black.

Cut the strip so you have 3 triangles for the eyes and nose.

Place the eyes and nose on your pumpkin.
Press gently on.

Using the 2" cutter, cut out a round and then cut a thin moon shape.

Using the square 1/2" cutter cut out a tooth on the bottom.

Like this.

Roll out some more of the red on the 6th thickest setting and cut out 3/16" rounds and place on the triangles for the eyes.

Sometimes you can place the cutter with the red clay on the triangle and pull back quickly and the clay with stay on the triangle.

Roll out a tiny coil of yellow and cut little sections for pupils and place on the cut out rounds of red.

Like this.

Bake like this on a piece of cardboard shipping box in a pre-heated 275 degree oven for 1/2 hour, shut off oven and let cool.
When the piece is cool you can antique it with brown Ne-Opaque. Brush on the color over the whole piece and wipe off with a damp not wet old piece of towel. It will look like the picture at the top.
Happy Halloween.
Thank you for dropping by!


  1. This is such a darling piece! I love your instructional post. The shade of green you used is my favorite.

  2. Voted for your piece but only because I liked it the best!

    You make poly clay look so simple.... never had great luck with it. May have to try again.

  3. That is the cutest ever! (I voted for your pumpkin!)

  4. I voted for you!! You are very talented, thank you for such a detailed instruction post. I'll have to give it a try sometime

  5. Hi Marie, I am glad stopped by today and saw this post. I hopped on over t Fave Crafts and voted for your sweet Pumpkin. You did and amazing job and your tutorial is excellent.
    How have you been? I hope all has been well. I am doing pretty good. I am recovering from a surgery and doing well. Getting back into crafting full steam ahead for the holidays. Take care, have a great weekend.


  6. Hi Marie!

    I voted for you! This project is very cool! I may have to make one later in the week. My grand daughter will love it!

    You are awesome!

    Love LaLa


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