DIY clay feathers by Kelli Murray

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DIY clay feathers | by Kelli Murray | 100 Layer Cake

You know how there are just some people that know how to craft their hearts out? Kelli Murray is one of those gals. Did you see the watercolor paper flower DIY she shared with us a few months back? Girl knows how to craft for sure, and you can add these DIY clay feathers to the long list of pretty things she knows how to make. We’ll let Kelli take it from here. (Maybe, if we all keep being nice to her she’ll come back and share more DIY’s with us!).

DIY clay feathers | by Kelli Murray | 100 Layer Cake

Supply List:
– Sculpey oven-bake clay (white)
– gold leafing pen
– rolling pin
– sculpting tools
– gold thread

DIY clay feathers | by Kelli Murray | 100 Layer Cake

Steps:
– First, you are going to need to roll out your clay to about 1/4″ thick.  You can work on parchment paper for less of a mess.

– Once your clay is all rolled out, start cutting out feather shapes with your sculpting tools. I freehanded various sizes, so no two feathers were exactly the same.

DIY clay feathers | by Kelli Murray | 100 Layer Cake

– I also cut out little notches along the edges to better represent a true feather.

DIY clay feathers | by Kelli Murray | 100 Layer Cake

– Before you bake, make sure to poke a hole at the top of your feathers using a toothpick.

– Follow the directions on your package to bake your clay. Mine said to bake at 275 F for 30 minutes per 1/4 inch of thickness. Bake it an oven-proof glass or metal surface.  If you plan on using the pan / dish again in the future for food, just cover it with parchment paper or aluminum foil first.

DIY clay feathers | by Kelli Murray | 100 Layer Cake

DIY clay feathers | by Kelli Murray | 100 Layer Cake

– Allow your clay to cool.

– Now it’s time to get creative with your gold leafing pen!  I chose to keep it simple with chevron stripes, but you can do whatever you want here!  The gold is definitely the finishing touch on these!

DIY clay feathers | by Kelli Murray | 100 Layer Cake

There are so many ways in which you could use these feathers! You can hang them from trees, create a mobile or decorative chandelier, or add them as a detail to a place setting. The options are endless. I hope you have fun with this!!

Thanks so much for sharing Kelli!

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@100LayerCake on Jun 7, 2013

So many cute ways you could use these DIY clay feathers by @kellimurrayart: http://t.co/JoIrD0l0rA

@sashbuzz on Jun 7, 2013

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Jon on Jun 7, 2013

Fantastic idea, and you could so many other shapes.

Daniel on Jun 7, 2013

Superb idea. Inspiring!

@100LayerCake on Jun 11, 2013

One of our faves! RT @bhldn: A fun DIY on @100LayerCake for a twist on the metallic feather trend http://t.co/oITyBmJMG1

@papermoss on Jun 11, 2013

this is really cute & creative RT @bhldn: A fun DIY on @100LayerCake for a twist on the metallic feather trend http://t.co/xNRbbtumgS

Shelly on Aug 23, 2013

These are adorable. I had some Sculpey metallic colors on hand and made some in silver. I have a bridal shower to attend this weekend and decided to add the couple's monogram and upcoming wedding date in the center of the feather and added it to their gift wrapping and to be used as a tree ornament later. Thanks for the inspiration!

karrleen on Sep 29, 2014

Question. I have not worked with baking clay before. How easy are these leaves to break? Are they durable? How hard do they get?

Lana on Nov 11, 2015

These are super cute, thanks for sharing! Do you think they could work as earrings?

Rania on Mar 24, 2016

I just saw the link on another blog and had to come by to tell you how awesome this is!! I want to make it for my next dinner party and even to hang from the ceiling of my little guys' room!! Awesome work!!

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