I know, I know—Halloween isn't even here and I'm posting about Christmas. But, it's not too early to start making decorations. For this piece I used the Christmas Tree mold from Arnold Grummer's. These molds are great for paper pulp, but this time I used Creative PaperClay. I kneaded the clay and then pressed it into the mold, taking care to press the clay into all the intricate design areas.
|Christmas Tree mold|
I removed the casting from the mold before it was completely dry, and set in right side up on a flat surface to finish drying. Then, I trimmed the casting with a craft knife and filed any rough edges.
|Christmas tree with gilding|
Next step is burnishing the gliding with a texture sponge to coat all the intricate design area. Here you can see that I've burnished the top of the tree.
|Partially burnished tree|
After I finished burnishing the entire piece, I polished it with a cotton puff to bring out the luster of the gilding. Here's the finished Christmas tree. I can't wait to display it during the holidays.
|Finished gilded tree from Arnold Grummer's Christmas Tree mold|