#1 Ceramic hand print of your child, pets, or loved ones.
1: Make a flat oil
based clay or Sculpey® clay patty on a piece of aluminum foil.
The aluminum foil should be larger than the patty so you can create
a pan out of it to support your clay so your casting will not leak
2: Make a short wall
using the same clay around your patty (connected to the clay patty
on all sides) and then fold the aluminum foil up around the sides
on the outside of your clay pan to support it.
Alternative to this
is to use a plastic tray and fill the bottom of the plastic tray with
your clay to the edges.
3: Impress the hand
print of your child into the clay patty (or pet or loved one) and
then add any other little impressions you might like to add to the
clay mold. Keep in mind that any letters or numbers need to be done
backwards so they come out in the casting right. Rubber stamps can
be used to add decorations to your clay mold if you like.
4: Mix up enough
XENOSTONE to fill your clay mold to at least 1/4 inch thickness.
Pour the mix into the clay mold and then either tap the table it is
on with a rubber mallet or pick up the mold a little and drop it on
the table to jar any air bubbles away from the surface of the mold.
At this time you will
want to add a piece of wire to the back imbedded into the casting
so you can hang it on the wall.
A hint: if you use oil
based clay, you can put it in the refrigerator while it is setting
up so that the oil based clay does not get to warm during the curing
time and stick to the casting to bad.
5: Remove the casting
from the clay mold in about 45 minutes to an hour. Be careful with
it as the casting may have some very sharp edges on it once it has
set. Use a file or sandpaper or sander to remove the sharp edges of
At this point, you can
either leave the casting the color it is, or you can let it dry out
well and spray paint it with a metallic color or use a rub on color
to highlight the raised parts of the casting.
Makes a perfect gift
for your family members to remember your child or make one of a grandparent
to pass on to your children.
As we also feel that
our pets are part of the family, this is a project we love to do with
them as well.
More projects to come
soon, so come back again to see what we are up to :-)