Total Crafting Time: 2 hours
Tip: Use the Terra Cotta clay. It’s the perfect warm base for the copper paint.
Ok. So I know this craft project may seem random. But here’s the thing: awhile ago I was at a friend’s house, and they had this cool metallic looking wine bottle coaster where they kept open bottles of wine. It prevented any rogue drops from hitting the bar, and I just thought that’s a neat decor/accessory. And here’s the best part: I immediately thought I could make that. You know that feeling right? I’ve been thinking about this ding dang coaster for months.
This project is really fun and simple, and it makes me want to make lots of things with baking clay. It’s so easy!
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- Sculpey Terra Cotta modeling clay
- paint brush
- foam brush
- modeling clay tools
- measuring tape
- Copper paint
- rolling pin
- wax paper
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
2. Start by taking a chunk of clay and work it a bit until it starts to get smooth.
4. Break out your modeling tools. You want the radius of the circle to measure 4.5 inches across. I took the largest wine bottle we had and just sorta guesstimated what size would be large enough to hold a large bottle and still leave some extra space around the edges.
5. Once you’re measured and marked 4.5 inches horizontal and vertical, use the “Pointy tool” 🙂 to draw a circle connecting the points. You want to push in to the clay as you draw the circle but not so deep that you break all the way through.
6. Once your circle is complete, use the tool to trace about an inch around the outside of the circle and remove the excess clay.
7. Now comes the trickiest part. There’s no real secret to folding up the edges. You just need to work the clay up as you go around. At the corners I folded the clay and smoothed it until I got the right curve. Don’t be afraid to work with the clay.
8. Once the edges are all up, use your fingers to smooth all the rough edges.
9. Now for the pattern. Using the long tool with the metal loop at the end (sorry I don’t know their names!), slowly began pressing in your chevron pattern (or any other pattern you would like). For each row, I created the initial pattern and then went back and smoothed out the lines so that there weren’t any breaks.
10. Voila! As you all probably already know, I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to my crafting. So this pattern make look a little shaky and the edges may seem crazy looking, but I like that it looks handmade.
11. Now into the oven! I placed the coaster and the wax paper on a cookie sheet, and baked it for 15 minutes at 275 degrees. The clay instructions say to bake 15 minutes for every 1/4 inch of thickness, so if you’re coaster was thicker you’d want to make sure to bake it longer.
12. I set it aside for about an hour to cool, and then I was ready to paint!
13. I used the foam brush for the big strokes and the small paint brush to fill in the lines. Looking back, I actually like this look where the grooves are the terra cotter color. So if I made one again, I’d probably try to keep the paint out of the grooves (which would be a lot more time consuming of a paint job).
14. I ended up doing 3 coats total which gave it a nice coppery sheet.
And there you have it! I let it dry overnight, and then it took it’s place on the bar!
Have you ever seen or used a wine bottle coaster? Hope you enjoy this little project as much as I did!