June 5, 2011

How to Make Ornamental Plaster Furniture Appliques



I often find furniture or craft projects that need just a little something extra to dress them up and plaster ornaments are the perfect solution.




I have never seen plaster molded in polymer clay but, it is the way I have always done it, it's inexpensive, and it works.


I use any polymer clay that needs to be baked
 in order to harden

Find anything you would like to make a mold of.  I used a drawer knob here.




Always use dusting powder and coat your object first so it will not stick to the clay




I kneaded my clay until it was soft and pressed the flower into the clay




You now have a mold




I mixed up a small amount of plaster. 
 I found this plaster on clearance a long time ago, but you can use any plaster from the craft store.




Pour the plaster in to the mold, tap it to get out any air bubbles, and let it dry.  This particular plaster hardens in 1-2 hours.  




After it hardens pull the clay away from the plaster and take your molded flower out. 




The green on the plaster is the color picked up from the clay.  I used green clay for this tutorial to make it easier for you to see.  It would be best to use white clay.

You will see that you have to clean the edges around the molded flower.






I used a Dremel




 But, chipping it away with your fingernails and then using a finger nail file will also work.
  

I used E-6000 glue and attached 3 roses to this letter holder

Taking it from this

To this


Here is a few tips to make this project successful

Be sure not to bake the clay, the reason this clay works is because it is flexible, if you bake the clay you will not be able to remove the molded plaster.


This mold can be reused many times, the clay will not harden unless baked.  I keep it in a ziplock bag.  You could also reuse it for another project.

You can mold any object


This drawer plate when molded will be fragile because it is thin and has more of a chance of cracking, but it can be done.  You may want to push it farther into the clay to make the plaster a little thicker when you mold it.


I dry brushed this shelf


And added the plaster mold to the top


I wish I had filled in the hole in the center with clay, oh well.


There is nothing wrong with using ornamental wood, but they get a little pricy and have limited designs


Making your own molds gives you limitless designs.....


There is a product called "Amazing Mold Putty" that you can purchase at any craft store for $19.99 that makes permanent flexible molds. 

But, If you're like me and just occasionally need a plaster ornament for a project, the polymer clay works great.


I have used plaster ornaments for:
Suitcases (By the handle)
Tin, wooden, and cardboard boxes
Picture frames
Any kind of furniture

I can see your creative minds are spinning with ideas!


Update: I added a post HERE on making plaster appliques with gum paste molds generally used for cake decorating....Easy


Happy Creating!

Carol


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79 comments:

mizdarlin said...

If I had an award for best tute I have ever seen, yours would definitely get that medal! Simple, great images, alternatives, well explained, etc. etc. etc.! Really, an impressive job...the kind of tute that makes me wonder "why I didn't think of that"...but you did, and I really am appreciative! Thanks so much...♥

laurie said...

you are my hero,, Ms.Super Crafty Woman.You come up with THE best ideas and make them sound so flippin easy,, even a craft challenged person like me could do this,, at least I could tell myself I can.thanks for this,

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Ohhhh Carol....I am totally loving this tutorial. What a great idea! I buy appliques on occasion and they can be pricey. Thanks!

Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl said...

Carol, you're a genius! I love this idea!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration! We just picked up a bedroom set for my daughter at an estate sale...I'm going to be repainting/refinishing it, but each piece has these awful (in my opinion) shell appliques on it...yuck. This would be the perfect way for me to change out the medallions without spending tons of money!!! Yay!!!

Susan said...

How genius is this? I will certainly have to give this a try!

Rona Gregory said...

Awesome Carol! Another little thing for me to try... you are not good for me ha ha! My little brain is about to explode with ideas and it's your fault ha ha!

Have a great week xoxox

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
I thought for a moment I was watching HGTV and this clever chic was showing us how to make gorgeous molds....you could be on HGTV, you know.

Great tutorial, but I'm probably too lazy to do this one. Love how the sweet little piece turned out. You are a genius!!!

hugs
Sissie

Something Special said...

Ah this was a fabulous tutorial, and I am so glad I spent some time here. Thanks so much. I will try this for sure.

Createology said...

Carol you are one very talented and clever and creative woman. Love all that you do. Happy week ahead...

Anonymous said...

Carol,
Such a great tutorial! You are so talented and creative. I love how your projects turned out!

Nancy
from Nancy's Tidbits
For some reason I'm not able to comment thru my account!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice breakdown Carol. This is one of the methods I've used. Yes, wooden and even some of the plaster appliques can be very pricey. This way you can customize.

Theresa said...

You are a GENIUS Carol!! Not only are you a genius but you are kind enough to share your tips, tricks, tutorials, and creations with all of us! I love this and can think of so many ways to use it! Thank you, t. xoxoxo

Tynk said...

Great tutorial, Carol!! I love reading your "how to" posts. I'm also loving the letter holder, the transformation turned out so cute n shabby!!

Hope your weekend was fabulous!
Sherri

Stampin D Amour said...

Carol--

You must read minds! I have been wondering HOW to do this for some time! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your easy to follow tutorials!!! I knew I needed a Dremel too! This is fantastic!!! :)

I'll keep you posted when I create some.

HUGS!

-pamela

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Carol, this is the neatest tutorial. I have the neatest iron bird's nest picture hanger that would work so well :D

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Carol ~ would you STOP doing so much! You are starting to make me feel very lazy! Awesome tutorial woman! (*_*) ~Stacy~ xo

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

these all turned out SO gorgeous! so many great project ideas to be had from this!!

Scarlett said...

You are amazing! I love this how-to, thanks so much for sharing, the results are fabulous! Scarlett x

Debbie said...

Yep. I'm spinning as usual when I come here. What a great tip, and what a frugal way to dress up just about anything!

Vicki said...

This is another super clever idea! Your tutorials are so easy to follow and I love all the details and pictures. Thanks for sharing such great ideas with us!

Shabby Soul said...

You are a genius, my dear!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Great tutorial!!! I would have NEVER thought to make an ornamental applique myself!!! You are super smart!!!

Dina said...

Carol, thank you so much for sharing this!! I was wondering a long time how to make such applications. Thanx to you I'm finally able to finish some of my projects :)
And I really like what you've made of these two "furnitures"!
Have a great week

Ruby Jean said...

OH MY!! That is AMAZING....LOVE it..I can't wait to give it a try....I will also have to show this to my son who loves to work with polymer clay...when he finds out he can make molds out of it he is going to go BONKERS!!!

ALL of yours came out so LOVELY..even the one with the hole in it.. : ) you can always put a Rhinestone or Pearl in the center...

Have a great day and thank you for sharing this with us..

laxsupermom said...

Wow! Terrific tutorial! I've never thought of making my own plaster molds, but now have all sorts of ideas brewing. Thanks for sharing.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Carol that is awesome! My son loves working with clay. I wonder if I can get him to try this?

Denise said...

This is a great tutorial! Thanks for the tip.

BECKY said...

This is fantastic! I have been wanting to make an inspiration board from a $.95 thrift bulletin board and this will be perfect for making some embellishments!

Wish I could have met you at Shelley's! I was supposed to be there, but couldn't because we were expecting our oldest to give birth at that time here in our home. Hopefully I can meet you at a future blogger's gathering! :o)

Thanks so much for sharing this!
Have a fab week!
Becky

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol,
I've had trouble posting a comment on a few other blogs, too. No matter; I just post annonymous! I'm going to see if I have to on your blog this time. I'm crossing my fingers!

(didn't work, oh well!)

Nancy
http://nancywiebel.blogspot.com

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You are amazingly clever!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

that is a clever idea! I always have mold making material handy and never thought of that.
I have had to replace pieces on ornate frames and mirrors and there is a brush on mold you can use to copy pieces right on the mirror or want ever, you get the parts you want then can cast them and stick them right on without having to take the piece off the orignial ... it's made by a company called Smooth-on but I think you can find it at Michaels and Hobby Lobby too. (())

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You are GOOD! Those look great and you make it look easy! I don't know what can of mess I would get into...but I would love to try it! Enjoy your week! ♥

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Carol, WHY aren't you teaching classes and making a business out of your gifts and talents!
THANK YOU for your comment and support on the little pink camper and the BPBP! You are the second person today to ask me to come to Florida! How exciting is that!!!!!!
ROAD TRIP!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Honey at 2805 said...

You really are the clever one! Thanks for the tutorial!

Olive Cooper said...

Very smart. It turned out well.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Carol,
I can think of a hundred ways to use this clever and creative idea! Wonderful! This could add just that little touch and embellishment to in-need-of-love objects. The ones you transformed turned out beautifully!
Thanks for all the inspiration.
Yvonne

Shannon said...

Great ideas, thanks for sharing!

Vintage Revival said...

Love your blog that is such a cool idea, love it! also love that dress in your main pic, so cute!

Terry said...

Thanks so much for this post. This will be so helpful to me for future projects.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

OH!!! Bookmarking this! I've purchased those wooden shapes for Hobby Lobby and they are not cheap -- thanks for this great tutorial!

Lisa said...

I think I love you!! Seriously....I was just looking at some wooden appliques at the home supply store last night and couldn't justify the cost. But THIS is something I can do. YAY!!

Erin said...

This was a fantastic tutorial!! :)

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my goodness.... this is a fabulous idea and tutorial. Thank you so much. I'm going to be spending the rest of the afternoon scouting for projects. :-)

Huggies,
Spencer

PS... I have those rose knobs too.... that's a start. :-)

Megan @ Apple House Revival said...

Now THAT is something really original! I love it. I'm adding it to my "to try" list! Thank you!

Nan said...

This is FANTASTIC!!! You explained everything so well and, YES, my mind was spinning with ideas by the time I was done reading it! Thank you so much for posting this! You are one talented lady!

Farmer's Wyfe said...

WOW!! That's FANTASTIC!!! I have lots of polymer clay sitting around and never thought of using it UNCOOKED for molds...so SMART!!! I can't wait to try it! Now I'm glad I didn't buy those wooden decorative pieces that were tempting me so badly last week! :)

Sommer said...

This is the most awesome tutorial I've seen! I can't wait to go get me some plaster and go to town. You've made a new follower out of me =) Come share this at my party this weekend too if you'd like! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/p/where-i-link-up.html

Diann said...

Ok, I think it is official, I am in love with you! LOL I have been thinking of making some embellisments and thought I would have to build them up from putty. This is wonderful. Thank you again for a perfect tutoral!

shipofools999 said...

I have wanted to do this project for at least 6 years and kept putting it off because I didn't know what clay to use, what to put between the clay and the plaster, what plaster to use, etc. I had loads of ideas but not the patience to try them all out and to make my final project so it kept spinning in my head. You have filled in my necessary details. Me and my future wall art thank you.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I like this sooooo much better than the wood pieces you buy. They look cheap to me. When I did my kitchen I ordered some for the cabinets like this but now I can make my own. Fabulous tute Carol.

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

This is SO awesome, and your instructions are clear as a bell! Great job!

Sylvia said...

Carol...do you think the plaster will set if I use regular childrens clay instead of sculpey? I really like this idea.

Sylvia

amy anderson said...

this is absolutely brilliant! thanks so much! amy

kristiB said...

I absolutely Love your tutorials!!! Thank you so much , your ideas are so helpful :)

Becky Ransom said...

Carol, These are the things I WISH HGTV would have in their programs? Things we can really use! They need to think about "The Polka Dot Closet SHOW!" I think it would be a huge success!
THANK YOU for all your great ideas!
Becky

Mrsqueenvee/mrs-flopsybunny said...

You should try the silicone mold stuff the use for making small fimo things.(eBAY) A permanent yet flexible mold.
VEE

HeartVintageDesign said...

Great tutorial and I will be using this technique soon!

Katie said...

Thank you... Thank you... Thank you... Love this!!!

Katie said...

Thank you...Thank you...Thank you... Love this!

Katie said...

Me again ;) When you say "dusting powder" is that something from the craft store or is that just powder for my body? XoXo

Judy Jacobsen (Distressed, but not Forsaken) said...

I used your technique to make appliques that I recently applied to a laminate TV/entertainment center armoire that I turned into a beachy china cabinet. I made starfish and seashells to embellish the doors and absolutely love how it looks. I'm so happy I found the tutorial. Here's a link to my final pic! Thanks, JUDY @ Distressed, But Not Forsaken

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=210085762380120&set=a.202255376496492.55367.166766823378681&type=1&theater

Nancy Ward said...

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today.

Nancy Ward
PaperFriendly
http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

Wendy said...

This is soooo awesome!!! Love it!! Thank you for sharing!!!

BettyJean @ Shabby Tea Party said...

LOVE THIS, Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled on your site from Graphics Fairy. Love it and will be back!
K

Larain said...

You are just a font of knowledge everytime I think about something I would love to make you help out. thank you very much and this tutorial will be used over and over again. Just what I needed and at the right time, how did you know.?????

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Carol,

I love this! Your so right my head is spinning with delight. lol
I have to try this.

Dee

Sue@House Pretty said...

Hi, I just found your blog from Debbie over at Debbiedoos! I so love this clay mold idea. And, I have so many places I could use it!

And...I just became your newest follower! Would love if you reciprocated and followed back.

By the way, your home is gorgeous!!Thanks and have a great weekend.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing this! ♥

WLWK4FD aka The Faux Fae said...

Thanks for this post! I am your newest follower! Come check out my blog if you get a chance!

Megan Taft said...

Thanks so much for this! Amazing :-)

Megan Taft said...

Thanks so much for this! Amazing :-)

Megan Taft said...

Thanks so much for this! Amazing :-)

katiekile said...

This fantastic. Thank u so much. Wish I had known a lot sooner but better late than never!!!

Heidi G said...

If you only knew how many times this week I have said "This woman is a genius." Having just found your blog, I thought it my duty to go back and read as many of your blog posts as I could. I feel that we would be kindred spirits, or maybe partners in crime if we lived near each other. I love everything I have read so far and don't have enough time in a weekend to do it all, but I'm sure gonna give it a try. Thank you for so freely sharing your amazing creativity. You truly are gifted.

Linda Young said...

Thank you for this tutorial! I need to replace some plaster trim on an antique frame and this is the method I shall use. I knew it could be done and wasn't quite sure how to proceed. You are so talented and I enjoy your blog so much!
May your holidays be blessed! Linda

Wall Flower Studio said...

What a fabulous idea! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the great inspiration!
Love your blog
~ Karen :)

Becky said...

wow, this is awesome. What a fabulous idea, most practical tutorial I have ever seen!

Lynnie CottageGalstyle said...

Just loving this project and I have the clay to make some (and those rose knobs too!) and can't wait to add some furniture bling.

Thank you for sharing,
Hugs Lynnie