Raya’s bathroom is getting a little facelift right now, and there are two things she loves: Dora, and owls. Well, I don’t mind Dora 30 minutes at a time on Saturday, but I’d much rather embrace an owl theme when it comes to decorating. Owls are just way cuter. ;) I am not going all-out or anything, but I did want to add a few little touches. So I started with this little hook!
The hook base is a design-your-own hook from D. Lawless Hardware in oil-rubbed bronze. I got some goodies a while back and I realized that I could use polymer clay to personalize them exactly how I wanted.
This is not going to be a full tutorial today because it’s hard to explain as a step-by-step how to sculpt something… you kind of just have to wing it. But I’m happy to give you some tips!
I covered my work surface with wax paper to keep it clean, and just formed the ball and the owl by hand. For his eyeballs, I used a drinking straw to cut the tiny circles.
A few tips for working with polymer clay – be sure to follow the package directions precisely. Brand by brand, the baking directions can vary, but generally you’ll be baking it in a low-temperature oven for 30 minutes for each 1/4 inch thickness. That means these had to bake for about 2 hours.
Don’t use your kitchen utensils when you work with clay. Kitchen utensils work great – don’t get me wrong – but once you’ve worked with clay they will no longer be food safe. You’ll have to work it for several minutes when you first get started to condition it – I find rolling it out flat several times works best for me to soften it enough to work with.
I rolled out about a 1″ ball, and an owl just slightly larger.
I used tiny bits of other colors of clay to make his face and wings. Then, I used a drinking straw to poke a hole in each clay shape vertically.
Making my shapes only took about 20 minutes, but it did need to bake for a bit – around 2 hours. When it was done baking and cooled, I mounted the shapes on my hook.
It assembles in under a minute – all you have to do is put the screw through, and screw it into the hook base.
Then, all that was left was to mount it on the wall!
All right… I have to confess… this isn’t a towel hook in our bathroom.
Yeah. It’s been awkward trying to find a place to put this during potty training. But you can certainly use yours for something… more normal. (Moms of toddlers have no idea what normal means anymore!) ;)