Saturday, June 18, 2011

Daddy Rocks

 
For Father's Day this year, I wanted to make something special for my husband since it's his first Father's Day! As I was browsing the web I came across this great idea from dearjes on Etsy! They would be perfect as paperweights and since my husband just took over his stucco business, he could really use one! However, they are no longer available so I figured I could probably try to make them myself! 
I'm happy to say that my version turned out pretty great so I will be sharing with you how I did it!

Materials Needed:
  • Rock
  • Sculpey II clay (your choice of colors)
  • Alphabet Stamps
  • Acrylic Paint
Begin by taking your polymer clay and working with it until it is soft and can easily be shaped.
 
Once it's soft enough, begin to cover your rock with it.
You will need to use your fingers to spread it out evenly over the rock.
 Spread the clay out until the rock is completely covered. After the clay cools a little you will then need to smooth it out with your fingers so it's not quite so lumpy.
Take your alphabet stamps and stamp your message. 
 If you mess up, you can always smooth out your mistakes and start over.
 Make sure you smooth out any fingerprints that may be showing. 
For some added texture, I grabbed a different rock and pressed it into the clay so that it left little indents.
Once you are satisfied with how your rock looks, bake it on a cookie sheet at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Tip: Before putting them in the oven, I poke holes in the bottom of the clay so bubbles won't form.
 After they are done baking, let them cool.
Paint the surface of your rock with acrylic paint. You want the paint to get into the letters as well as the cracks and devits in the rock. This will make the letters show up better and add a little bit of character to the rock.
 Remove the paint from the slick areas with a baby wipe.
 Ta-da! Your rock is complete!
 They make the perfect paperweight!
Grandpas will love them too!

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15 comments:

  1. Wow, this is pretty sweet, I thought it was just a rock, but WOW!! I love the stamp idea, this would be fun for so many different projects!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  2. This is an awesome idea! I would LOVE for you to link it up to my Favorite Things Party going on now at www.stayathomenation.blogspot.com
    Stopping by from the Whatcha Got Weekend party.
    ~Iffy~

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  3. aww cool idea! These turned out great!

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  4. Wow what a super idea! I would have never come up with that. See, this is why I LOVE blogs! Love them!!

    I'm a new follower of your blog :)
    Hope you're having a great weekend!
    Katrina
    They All Call Me Mom

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  5. that's a great idea! :) and im glad it didn't involve sharp tools and elbow grease!!!

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  6. just a great idea. simple yet effective! love your blog too.

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  7. I LOVE those!!! I actually gave my dad a river rock craft in kindergarten and he still has it. I bet your husband loved this! Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday.

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  8. Hi!

    I am your new follower!

    I came across your blog on Simply Designing's Linky Party!
    I loved this Father's Day Paperweight Rock! Its super cute!

    Could you visit my blog too and follow back please?

    Alia
    http://aliascreativelife.blogspot.com/

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  9. What a great rock idea. I love how you were able to use plain alphabet rubber stamps. I totally want to do this with my kids next year. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  10. LOVE this..how brilliant to put the clay right over the rock. LOVE it!:)

    kiki
    www.kikicreates.blogspot.com

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  11. LOVE this! We will be making one for g-pa for his birthday for sure!
    Thanks for sharing!
    - Mandy

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  12. That is such a great idea! I never would have thought of wrapping the rock in clay but it totally looks like a real rock!! Thanks for sharing. I am happy to be your newest follower. Please stop by for book club if you're interested--connie, measuredbytheheart.com

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  13. hi! I came accross your blog on Pinterest! I love all of your ideas and look forward to trying them out!!

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  14. Cute idea! Really fun project to make from polymer clay. Just remember that you don't want to use any tools/pans that you have used with clay to be used for food. Also the clay gives off fumes as it cooks, you need to tent the clay with foil or have a dedicated mini roasting pan so that stuff stays out of your food.
    Poly clay is a great medium. Thanks again for sharing such a fun project

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