These clay mushrooms are super cute and SO EASY to make! Mushroom clay art is the perfect project for beginners to working with clay.
Yield: 1clay mushroom
Author: Debbie Chapman
Air dry clay(link in tips section below)
Step 1: Form the mushroom parts
Roll out a small ball of clay and flatten it on the bottom so it has a 1-1/4 inch diameter.Taper the edges toward the middle to create a domed mushroom cap about 3/4 inch high in the centre.
Roll out a tiny ball around 1/8 inch in diameter.
Press the ball flat onto the mushroom cap (it should be around 1/4 inch in size now). Continue creating spots on the mushroom cap until you have a number you're happy with. We made 8 spots for this mushroom.
Create a stem for your mushroom. Roll out a small piece of clay so it's thicker at the bottom. Create a flat bottom for the stem that's 3/4 inch in diameter. The stem should be around 3/4 inch tall and taper up to 1/2 inch diameter (where the stem will attach to the cap).
Using a toothpick, carve lines on the bottom of the mushroom cap from the edge toward the centre, leaving a circle untouched in the centre. The lines should be around 1/4 inch apart, but they don't have to be perfectly even - every mushroom is unique!
Step 2: Connect the mushroom
Add a dab of water on the top of the stem and in the centre of the cap's bottom.
Centre the cap on the stem, pushing down gently to connect the two pieces.Allow to dry. If using our air dry clay recipe the mushroom will take 2 - 3 days to dry at room temperature. You can also place the mushroom on a parchment lined baking tray and bake it at 200F for around 1 hour. If using store bought clay, follow the directions on the package for drying time.
Step 3: Paint the mushroom
Use red paint (or whatever colour you'd like!) to paint around the spots on the mushroom cap.
Instead of spots, you can make a flat capped mushroom and use a colour blending technique (see tips section for details).
Allow paint to dry.Your clay mushroom is complete!