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« on: July 30, 2008 07:11:56 AM »

Hello his is my first post in the clay area-- usually I sew-- but I have a project in mind and am looking for your advice/experiences.

I'd like to cover some drawer pulls with funky clay shapes. Ideally, I would sculpt the things out of clay around the (removed) existing hardware and sand and paint for the desired effect. 

Are there some particular brands or something that I should look for or am I totally barking up the wrong tree with this idea? I'm thinking a Susan Goldstick type deal. . . but since I don't have 400 dollars lying around to spend on four drawer pulls. . . well . . . you're craftsters-- you understand Smiley

http://www.susangoldstick.com/
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008 09:32:49 PM »

I clicked on the link and those are really pretty handles!

That is definitely a good idea, I'm sure there is a way to make it work.  You can buy air dry clay at any craft store, Amaco makes it in 3 different colors.  I'm not sure if it will work around the pull, keep in mind clay will shrink when it dries, so if you are building around a solid object(the existing drawer pull)the clay will be working against the solid object and might split.(I've learned the hard way this fun property of clay. Sad ) Buy a small amount, and see how it dries.  You may be better off forming the drawer pull by itself, and then figuring out a way to attach it to the screw.  With all the glues and epoxies out there, something is bound to work.  I'm still new to pottery, hopefully an expert will have some better advice and post!  Good luck!:) 
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2008 11:50:27 AM »

I have been wanting to do small clay items as well and so have been looking to alternatives and have had many discussions with a potter about what is possible.
You may want to look into PMC or metal Clay which needs very little tools and equipment or even just thinking about Polymer Clay. They are both easy to work with and easy to purchase at a local craft store.
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