This week I decided to challenge myself by coming up with a polymer clay Easter basket. I think real Easter baskets are so fun, so I decided to combine this with my love of miniature! Below is a step by step guide on how to make this festive clay charm.
(btw, sorry if the pics aren’t the best—my light was being super funny, plus it’s pretty tricky trying to take photos of yourself doing something like this…not enough hands! lol but I hope there are enough decent pics to get the point across)
Start by using two small amount of white and light brown clay. Combine until you get a light tan basket color (or it would be fun to do colored baskets as well! Just remember to paint your toothpick supports to match, or use a contrasting color.) But for now, a plain tan basket will have to do…
Roll out a piece of clay snake until it is your desired thickness. Beginning at one side, weave the clay strand around the toothpicks, alternating in front and behind. When you get back to where you started, trim the excess clay.
Repeat with as many strands that will fit. (Remember to alternate the strands as well, so you get that basket weave look). When you get to the top, repeat the steps on making the base, and add to the top of the toothpicks.
At this point you can roll out a small piece of excess clay and cut it to fit in the bottom of the basket. In retrospect I should have done this when I made the base, but it still worked out doing it here.
Roll out a piece of clay and shape in a “U” to form the handle. If you would like, place your jump ring or split ring on now. (For strength I used a split ring, so I had to put it on now as opposed to after the handle was attached. If you are going to use a jump ring, however, you can add it later).
Place handle on top of your basket, pinching the ends to adhere it to the top of the basket. You can also use some TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) to glue the handle on before baking. *This seemed to give it extra strength, which I would recommend.
After my basket was baked and cooled, I glazed it with a glossy glaze and let dry. I also made a few little eggs out of scrap clay (baked and glazed). I cut up some Easter grass into smaller bits, and stuffed it in the bottom of the basket, then glued in the eggs with Weldbond glue.
This would make a perfect little Easter accessory for some-bunny special! (sorry, had to get at least one cheesy Easter phrase in here somewhere! I feel better now… )