One of the great things about the Iron Orchid Designs decor products is that they allow for so much versatility!  That’s so true for their moulds.  I mean,  you can make Christmas ornaments, and fall decorations and furniture embellishments with one simple mould and some clay.

I had an itch to try my hand at some more designs so I rounded up the supplies and spent an afternoon playing!  Here’s what I used:

I started off by spraying the inside of the pots with spray lacquer.  I didn’t want future water to soak into the terra cotta and degrade the paint from the inside.  While that dried, I began to mould my appliques.  IOD’s new paper clay is just amazing, so soft and pliable and easy to use!  I selected my designs and pressed the clay into the moulds.

I used a transfer applicator to scrape across the top of the mould to level out the clay, but you could use a putty knife or old credit card or anything stiff and straight.  I didn’t prime my moulds with anything but do think a dusting of corn starch would have helped them release a little easier.  The nature of paper clay causes it to crack when it dried.  It adds to the character of the pieces.  If you’re looking for a more refined look, I’d suggest you try Amazing Cast Resin.

I’ve found that Tacky Glue works well when gluing appliques in place.  It grips well and dries quickly.  The appliques adhered well to the pots but if you experience any issues with appliques sliding before the glue is dry you can use a piece of painters tape to hold them in place.

Once appliques are glued in place and the glue has begun to set up, it was time to paint!  I chose to use three of Fusion’s new colors: Goddess Ashwagandha, Sacred Sage, and Enchanted Echinacea.  I mixed a spoonfull of Fresco power into the paint to give the pots a textured, vintage feel.  Some spots on the pots had Fresco dabbed on and others brushed smooth to provide a variety of texture.

Once the three pots had their first coat of paint, I gave them time to dry.

The next step was to add character to the pots.  I used a sea sponge to lightly dab an accent color all over the pots.  I used Little Lamb over Goddess Ashwagandah, and used Goddess Ashwagandha over the Sacred Sage and Enchanted Echinacea.

The final step was to add wax to show off the detail on the appliques.  I applied Espresso Wax with a brush and wiped it back with a soft rag, reapplying in areas where I wanted more definition.

And that’s it!!  Aren’t they adorable??

These were so fun I decorated some picture frames, too!  What would you do with the moulds??