Cuneiform Paperweight

Inspired by the recent news about everyone’s least favorite craft outlet. As hard a time as Ms. Moody’s been having mustering up the energy to complete fiber crafts and jewelry projects lately, this burst of inspiration was finished in less than three hours.


Craft Smart white polymer clay

Clay tools
Toothpicks
Parchment paper
Craft Smart brown acrylic paint
Craft Smart Spanish tile acrylic paint
Mod Podge antique decoupage sealer
1″ sponge brush
1″ paint brush
Rinse cups
Cold coffee

One of the nice things about shaping a clay project that’s meant to imitate a natural element is you can get away with asymmetry, texture, even a few cracks. The engraving was translated through a couple different Sumerian charts and generators I was able to find online. As far as I can tell, it spells out “birth control.”

Craft Smart and Sculpey polymer clay bake at 275 F degrees in the oven. I used the parchment paper to keep it from sticking to the pan and let it cool for an hour after I took it out.

Rinsing with coffee and water, I applied multiple coats to the paperweight — brown to stain the engraving, followed by the Spanish tile, then, once those had dried, decoupage on both sides.

Doesn’t make for a very heavy paperweight,  but it looks good, and my papers from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society haven’t slipped off the table yet.

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~ by blackmoodcraft on July 9, 2017.

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