9.11.2009

DIY: Wall Mounted Gold Bowls

I'm a big fan of the Chicago neighborhood Andersonville, and while wandering around the other day, I came across the most delicious design shop I've seen in a long time, George Lowell. His sleek curatorial aesthetic jives right along with my own.

The first item(s) that caught my eye when I walked through the door was/were these amazing little gilded ceramic bowls that had been mounted in a lovely pattern on the smoky gray wall. I was bummed to discover that I just couldn't afford them, but they kept dancing through my dreams. As the weeks passed, I just couldn't stop thinking about that gorgeous array of bowls, and realized, hey, I could probably make these on my own! So I headed out to the art supply store to see what I could scrounge up.

Here's an image of the original display in the store:



And here are the bowls I was able to make:



Pretty cool, huh?

So here's what you'll need:

1. Polymer clay you can bake in your oven at home
2. Gold leaf with a primer and sealer
3. Your hands, an oven, and a cookie sheet

I'm definitely no sculpter, so it took me awhile to figure out the best way to make a bowl. Since the clay responds to your own body heat, it takes a bit of elbow grease, but it's well worth it. (I made them while my right arm was still in a brace, so if I can do it with one hand, surely anyone can do it with two!) Work the clay into a ball, and then stick your thumb into the center and proceed by pinching the sides into the desired thickness. You have to try and find the right place so the bowl doesn't flop over, but you don't want it to be too thick or it's not going to bake.

Then, just stick the bowl on a cookie sheet, follow the instructions on the clay packet for temperature and time, and bake. Once it's done and cool, follow the instructions on the packet of gold leaf to apply, and voila!

The only problem is, I can't figure out how the heck I'm supposed to mount them on the wall. Any ideas guys?

1 comment:

amber {daisy chain} said...

These turned out amazing! What about using some sort of super-strength double stick padded tape to hang them?

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