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Monday, January 27, 2014

Clay Tags…

I’ve been wanting to create some clay tags that I’ve seen others make out there, there are a lot of recipes, suggestions and ways to do these! So because it was a quiet night, I went ahead and used Post Road Vintage’s recipe ~ mainly because I had all the supplies at home! IMG_9587 I thought I would make them with my youngest son for his valentines this year. So I thought I would give it a whirl alone first and so glad now that I did! I mixed up the ingredients that was recommended ~
        • 2 cups flour , 1/2 cup salt, 3/4 cup hot water
Once I kneaded the mixture with the spatula my hands to get what I assumed to be the right consistency. I rolled out the dough to the recommended approximate ¼” thickness. Using a cookie cutter I made some circles and hearts.
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I cut out a small hole using a drinking straw in each one so that I could string a ribbon through once I’ve completed the decorating process!
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My tags did not turn out like some that I’ve seen online, they were not smooth and my mixture must not have been sufficient to the right consistency. I added a little water to the top and smoothed out what I could by rubbing my fingers along the surface. But they were still very much… ”imperfect”.
 For a fun idea, on a few of them, I used a lettering stamp set to imprint a few words to try out.
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The first night, I decided to put them in the oven for a small amount of time, to help dry faster as I was anxious to decorate them. After an hour I took them out and they were still not ready…so I figured I’d need to let these sit on the counter overnight. IMG_9558Although the next morning ~ they still did not seem ‘ready’. So I put them back in the oven on ‘warm’ for a few hours and kept flipping them over and over. You can see in this photo ~ that they were still not replicated to what I had seen online.  So I painted both sides of each one with white paint.     So, I just finished decorating and couldn’t wait to write this post. I used colored paint, stamps, markers and ribbon. Some I painted over what I didn’t like and just started over…
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My favorite ones where the white and black ones…but I thought I’d try a few other colors too for fun! 
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A few of my favorites ended up being the ones I thought were just a mess ~ and after doing these, I decided ‘simple’ decorating seemed to turn out the best!  IMG_9584
What do you think?  Do you have a favorite? InstagramCapture_85a4cc48-90d8-4f61-9cef-a40c608a2402_jpg I love that I made different styles for different uses.  I know I will use all of these for gift tags, but the big question is…will I make these again? Why of course I will! I love that they are perfectly imperfect and have a lot of character.  I may seek out other ways to make clay tags ~ but these were super fun to try.  I will not be doing these with my son for Valentines Day ~ I need to find another idea for that!
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7 comments:

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Loving the music heart, perfectly imperfect! Boy when you commit to a craft you commit and stay with it. I prefer the black and white ones but enjoy them all.
Vera

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are all so sweet and creative! I'm following you on pinterest now. I love your Christmas inspired board...and all of them! Hugs!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Your tags are pretty!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

They're adorable.

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Tracie,
I have a recipe for a way more complicated clay formula been wanting to do this but the time it too, and all that was needed in the quantity of maying the clay was more then I could deal with at this time :)
You are inspiring me to try the one I have, just to be a bit different here. Love your tags, they look so fun to make.

Have a beautifully inspiring week.
Keep on Tagging ...lol
Or was that the wrong word to use? I know that you don't have cans of spray paint and your not running wild tagging up the a storm :)
But, do keep up the great Tag work.

Xoxo
Doré

Little Miss Maggie said...

These are adorable. I have been wanting to do these tags for the longest time, but just haven't gotten around to it. You have motivated me to get busy.

Jann Olson said...

Tracie, I have been wanting to try this for some time now. I actually love the imperfections! I'm sure if I had been making them I would have thought the same as you did at first. I love the birdy ones and the ones with the scripts and the airmail looking stamps. I didn't realize the ingredients were so minimal. Want to give this a whirl! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann