Spring is around the corner even though it feels colder than winter. The almond trees are blossoming, the sun is shinning and the mountains are full of wild flowers.
This really elevates my mood.
Today’s tutorial is very exciting and we’re going to learn how to make colorful kites with air dry clay.
Here in Greece, we’ve got a spring custom and every spring during Clean Monday we build and fly a kite. The sky is literally filled with colorful kites.
This was also the reason why I decided to create today’s object. To make a beautiful decorative object for my little boy’s room.
It makes a very beautiful decorative element that you can also create with your kids since the instructions are fairly easy to follow. A truly beautiful and creative way to spend time with your kids.
Let’s see what we’re going to need.
Materials we’re going to use
Tools we’re going to need
- Various brushes
- Rolling pin
- Modelling tools for clay
- Tools for jewellery making
- 1 small cup filled with water to wet the brushes
Let the fun begin!!!
How to make a colorful with with air dry clay, step by step
First thing I always do with every project, is to place all the tools and materials on my workspace.
I begin by spreading the air dry clay with a rolling pin. If there’s any air dry clay from a previous project, you can use that one. After all, there is no need for too much clay anyway.
If there’s no clay from previous project, open a new one and store the rest of it that you don’t need in a plastic bag.
While I’m spreading the air dry clay, I make sure that its thickness is around 1cm for the design of the kite to work. As for the diagonals, these would need to be around 10-12cm.
I take some more air dry clay and I make small spherical beads with it. The clay should ideally last for around 20 small beads.
The beards are now ready and I use a small and pointed wooden stick to create small holes. This is very important since I want to pass a wire through the hole that will serve as the kite’s tail.
Time to remember your geometry classes.
On a piece of paper, I design a hexagon with diagonals. The shape represents a common kite design.
I place the paper on the air dry clay that I previously spread and with the use of a pencil and a ruler, I redesign the hexagon by applying a bit of pressure on the paper, so that the design is imprinted on the clay.
Once the hexagon shape is clearly imprinted on the clay, I use the clay modelling tool to get rid of the excessive clay on the perimeter of the hexagon.
Fill a small bowl with water.
I place my finger in the water and I stroke the surface of the clay so that I make the surface smoother. I do the same thing for the beads.
With the use of the clay modelling tool, I want to make the diagonals better defined without applying too much pressure. Keep in mind that I dip the tool in the water everytime I want to use it.
When you finish smoothing the air dry clay, make two small holes at the top of the kite and another two at the bottom. On next step, I’ll pass a piece of wire through these small holes. This will also be the kite’s tale.
Once you finish, you’ll have to be patient and leave the clay to dry for 1-2 days.
If you reached this step, this means that your object is already dry.
Now that the clay is solid, I use the sandpaper to rub all the spots of the object that feels rough or any other imperfections that you want to correct.
After I finish using the sandpaper, I take a hard brush and remove the dust that was produced.
From shaping perspective, the kite is finished. And this is when all the fun begins. It’s painting time!
I place all the acrylic colors that I’m going to use in a plastic plate. I make sure that I have some white color in the plate so that I mix it with the darker colors that I like and get lighter shades.
As a quick note, I’ll use the same acrylic colors for both the kite and the beads.
First thing I paint both the sides of the kite and the beads with acrylic colors.
Next, I fill the diagonals with glue and silver golddust, or I simply color the diagonals with a relief outliner.
I leave everything to dry and I apply two layers of varnish.
Wait for the object to dry before you make a second pass with varnish. That being said, you can choose between a glossy or matt varnish. It’s really up to your preference.
The main body of the kite is done and dry and this is when I continue with the kite’s tail.
I cut two pieces of wire with the jewellery cutter, approximately 50cm length each.
Besides these two pieces of wire, I cut a third one with a length of around 10cm.
This is the wire that will allow me to hang the kite on the wall. That said, I pass this wire through the two small holes that I made on the top of the kite.
First, I pass the wire through one hole and then through five beads. Next, I pass the wire through the second hole at the top of the kite.
There will be some wire left on both sides and I wrap them around themselves with the use of pliers.
As for the large pieces of wire, I pass each of them through one hole at the bottom of the kite. One piece of wire through the left hole and the other one through the right hole
There will be some wire again that I need to wrap around itself with the pliers. Do the same for both wires.
Next, I pass two beads through each wire and I turn the wire just like you see in the picture. I repeat the same process until I use all the beads.
Finishing up, I tie plenty of colorful laces on the wires for a magnificent result!
Tip: An alternative solution to coloring the kite is to actually decoupage each side!
I actually did that for a birthday party and everybody was thrilled with the result!
All you need to do is cut pieces of decoupage paper and glue them on each side of the kite. For further details, you can always have a look at my previous projects on decoupage with paper.
Good luck with your project and let me know if there’s any question!