Saturday’s full Wolf Moon has got me reeling, feeling chaotic and inspired and stressed right out. All this week I’ve been squeezing blood from stones and peering over cliff edges into the vast abyss of uncertainty. I impulsively sheared nine inches (and thus five years) of hair off. It’s been a weird couple of days.
Sometimes when I’m feeling a little out of control, it helps to make something simple and pretty, to return to that blessed place of creativity and concentration. It’s my home. It’s where I find peace. And I was in serious need of some jewelry storage options, so here we are.
These ring cones turned out even better than I had hoped – I especially love the marbled ones! They would make lovely and unique gifts for the girl who has everything, and they take less than an hour from start to finish.
What you’ll need:
Oven-bake craft clay
Liquid gold leaf
A small paintbrush for touch-ups, and turpentine to clean
1. Roll your clay into manageable cylinders, about twice as thick as your finger. To marble your clay, roll a very thin rope of your accent colour and fold, twist, and press it into your main colour.
2. Start rolling one end of your cylinder, pressing while you roll to create a cone. Pinch off any extra clay at the peak.
3. Bake your cones following the instructions on the clay package. I burned mine just a wee bit, so make sure to keep a close eye on them!
4. Now for the best part! When your cones are cooled off, dip them into your pot of liquid gold leaf. This stuff is intense – I just keep mine in its little jar so as to avoid mess.
5. Touch up any gold splotches with a small paintbrush. You can also paint on your gold leaf! Make sure to clean your brush with turpentine when you’ve finished.
6. Let your gold leaf dry, and voila!