Have you ever wondered how to make DIY clay crafts without a kiln oven? I have, which is how I made these clay knobs, baked in my home kitchen oven.
Baking clay objects or pottery in a kiln, can be expensive. But here’s a way to bake clay at home without a kiln.
If you’ve read my post on easy soap making, then you know how I love creative DIY projects that aren’t complicated. This tutorial on DIY clay knobs is just as easy, and fun for kids!
For my clay knobs, I start out with Sculpey Clay. Skulpey clay can be baked in an ordinary oven at 275 degrees. Simply bake your piece for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness.
To get the pretty flower shapes for my knobs, I used this small silicone mold, which can be used for clay crafts, chocolates or baking. However, once you use a mold for crafts, you shouldn’t use it for food. Both the mold and the clay can be found on Amazon.
For the screw on the back of the knobs, I used 2-1/2″ machine screws, (#10-24) with extra nuts. An extra nut is used at 1/4″ from the top of the screw and then sunk into the clay to give it more support.
Once the screw is sunk into the clay, more clay is added to finish off the back of the knob. When the clay knobs are in the molds with the screws, and the top of the clay is completely smoothed out, simply put the silicone tray on a metal baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes.
When the knobs are completely baked, they will pop right out of the molds. Any rough edges can be sanded down with a fine sandpaper. Then they can be painted and decorated with Acrylic paints.
I painted these in pastel colors to use as part of a summer outdoor towel rack. And below is a picture of one of the knobs displayed as a drawer pull on a console table.
Although I have not tried it yet, I want to make another set of clay knobs painted with Rustoleum in Metallic Weathered Steel to give them a metal look. It’s just fun that these DIY clay knobs can be painted in so many different ways to make them versatile.
With this small silicone mold, you can also make refrigerator magnets, decorative garden stakes, or cute wine cork stoppers.
So think creatively, because once you get started with Sculpey Clay and a few silicone molds, there are endless things you can make for your home, as kid’s crafts or as thoughtful gifts.
And the best part of all is that you can make all these DIY clay crafts without a kiln oven!