Fairy Door

Make this easy Fairy Door with polymer clay. 

Age: 12+

Difficulty: Easy

Time scale: 2 out of 5

 

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Supplies

  •  Approx. two 2 oz. pkg. light brown sculpey
  • 1 oz. dark brown
  • 1/4 oz. yellow
  • 1 oz. gold
  • sculpey bake and bond
  • clay machine
  • clay tools (ball end and needle end tool, small exacto knife)
  • rolling pin
  • burnt umber craft paint
  • buttercream paint
  • small paint brush
  • paper towel
  • pencil with eraser end or large pin with plastic padded end
  • leaf stamp (don't really need this if you don't have it)
  • piece of cedar shingle or other piece of wood for pattern

Condition 1.5 packages of light brown clay. Put through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.

Use a sharp exacto knife and cut the clay to about 4 inches wide by 6 inches long.

If you have air bubbles in the clay, pop them with a pin.

Print the fairy door template and cut out all the pieces. Place the door pattern on top of the clay. Cut this out and remove the pattern. The door should measure about 5.5 high x 3.25 inches wide. You may want to adjust this size. For a hobbit it would probably need to be bigger, for a mouse you might want it smaller.

Place the clay on the cedar shingle and roll over it with the rolling pin. Lift the clay off of the wood, being careful not to stretch it.

Use your finger to smooth over the edges.

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Use a small ball end tool to draw vertical lines in the door about a 1/2 inch apart. Add extra lines and knots in the wood grain.

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Condition a 1 oz. package of gold clay. Run through the clay machine on about a #4 setting. This should be fairly thin. My machine has #9 as the thickest setting and #1 as the thinnest.

Place the hinge pattern on the gold clay.  Use the exacto knife and cut out two hinges.

Apply bake and bond to the back of these.

Put these on the fairy door in the spots marked with an X on the pattern. Fold the ends over the side.

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Either use the eraser end of a pencil or the plastic end of a covered pin to make dents in the hinges.

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Make four tiny balls and push into the hinges. Put two on each hinge.

Use the needle tool to make a  line across each one of these, to make them look like screws.

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With the leaf stamp, add the leaf pattern to the leftover piece of gold clay.

Place the rectangle pattern piece on to the clay and cut it out.

Add a line all the way around the edge, about 1/16th of an inch in.

Make a key hole with the ball end tool.

Key-plate

Add bake and bond to the back of the door plate and put on the door in the spot marked with an X on the pattern.

The doorknob is made from a small pea size piece of gold clay made into a mushroom shape.

Push the leaf stamp carefully into this.

Attach the doorknob to the door plate using bake and bond.

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Mix a package of light brown clay with 1/2 package of dark brown and a bit of yellow. Add any left over clay from making the door. Don't mix the colors completely. Leave streaks in it.

Roll into a long snake about 16 inches long. Make it bigger around at the bottom and smaller at the top, to make a tree branch. The big end should be as big around as your pointer finger or slightly bigger and taper down.

At about 9 inches up from the top, have it branch off into a Y shape with the one piece extending about 1.5 - 2 inches long. The other branch should continue on (about 7 inches) getting smaller as it gets closer to the end.

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Put the big end of the branch around the fairy door, starting at the bottom. Check the length. There should be enough to go all the way around and then slightly overlap at the bottom. Cut the wide end of the branch to square it up and also get it the proper length.  Secure the branch to the door with bake and bond.

Use the needle tool and the ball end tool to make lines in the branch. Keep adding lines and knot holes until it resembles wood.

Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes. Check the instructions on the package of clay. Each brand of polymer clay has a different baking time and temperature.

After you have baked and cooled your fairy door, you can add a burnt umber wash to it to make the wood grain more visible. Water down burnt umber paint to a 60/40 mixture and paint it on. Leave it for a couple minutes and then wipe it off with a damp paper towel.

When this has dried you can lightly dry brush on a bit of buttercream paint. There is more info on washing and dry brushing in paint techniques.

If it is going to be outside, add a couple of coats of varathane.

Now that it is finished, it needs to be installed! This can be a fairy door or it could even be for on a hobbit or a mouse house. You decide.

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