The creative bug bit me the other day, so in a frenzy of crafty elation, I made some new things for altar;
From Paper Clay I made these mini-incense stands. Its pretty easy to make, as well.
You get material you can shape and mold. This can be polymer clay, Play dough, or what I used, Paper clay. The Polymer clay requires baking, so I went with air dry stuff. You can also make your own ‘cold porcelain’ to make something that air dries.
Once shaped (I used a resin mold), stick a small incense stick upright or at an angle. Remember, if its at an angle, the ashes will fall in that direction. Its this reason, I’m considering some new designs, such as a leaf that can catch the ash.
After letting it dry completely, you can now paint it with any sort of paint. I even used fingernail polish. You can see in this photo the painted incense bases, but also a few other things I made since I wanted to use up the paper clay.
Here you can see some leaf bowls made from the same paper clay. As another easy project, you collect any size leave or leaves. It must be about the size you want your bowl. Roll out the clay, and press the leaf in the clay with the veins down into the clay.
Now, cut away the excess clay with a knife. Once you finished, get a bowl a bit smaller than the bowl size you want. You now overturn your leaf onto the bowl to take its shape. You can wrap in tin foil if you like. I found it really didn’t matter.
Once dried, remove from the upturned bow, and paint as you like. I suppose you can use spray can paint, but I used a matte green acrylic paint for this bowl, and used a metallic sheen paint on its edges to get this effect.
The other one I used only the metallic paint, and I think it turned out great. I’d like to find or make a metallic sheen that’s green as well.
The leaf bowl will be used for offerings on my altar.
The mini incense sticks are easy to make as well- just get some formidable shears and cut a regular incense stick down to a few inches. I make mine about two to three inches. And be sure your base is shaped so that it stands upright and won’t tip over.
You could also make candle holders as well.
I think they turned out rather well, if I say so myself.
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