Hi, guys! It really is Mandi. The woodenhandles on my heirloom dresser finally gave up the ghost, but as an alternative of heading to the keep to purchase replacements, I believed I would attempt my hand at making them! It was significantly less difficult than I had even anticipated, and the new handles seem just how I had imagined. Whether or not you like saving money on furniture updates, or just like to get your hands a little dirty with an easycraft, I guarantee this minor project will not disappoint! Examine out the simple guidelines beneath.
-white polymer clay—$ 3.50 for two two oz packages (I only utilized about 4 ounces for eight knobs, even though a one particular pound bundle is shown)
-gray polymer clay—$ one.75 for a two oz package (I only utilized one/four of the package deal proven)
-parchment paper (optional)
-rolling pin (I employed an acrylic roller meant for polymer clay)
-skewer or drill bit the exact same diameter as your knob screws
-two tiny round caps (I utilized a 1.25″ cap from a makeup bottle and a .5″ cap from a tube of lipstick)
Stage One particular: Warm up a hunk of white clay, generating it soft and pliable. Do the same with an even smaller piece of gray clay. Add strips of gray clay to the white, smooshing and pulling the clay to somewhat blend the two colors, making streaks of gray.
Proceed operating the clay until finally you get a variety of wider and thinner streaks of gray. Roll the clay into a ball, creating sure the prettiest gradient you see is dealing with upwards before you carry on to the following step.
Step Two: Roll out the clay till it is evenly 1/4″ thick. Utilizing the caps as cutters, lower out as numerous circles as you have area for. For each massive circle, you will need to have two modest ones. When cutting the circles, make sure to wiggle the cap in a circular movement, or the clay will finish up caught inside the cap.
Step 3: To produce the post for the knobs, stack two small circles on prime of each other, smoothing out the edges with your finger. Make a slight indent on the back of the knob platform (the bigger circle) with the tiny cap, and then gently push the knob submit (the two stacked small circles) into the indent. Make confident the surface is flat and even.
Step Five: Bake the knobs in a 275°F oven for 15 minutes per 1/4″ of clay. I ended up baking my knobs for an hour, and they came out nicely.
To install the draw knobs, I was capable to use the unique screws from this dresser, merely twisting the new knobs into location with the help of a screw driver. If you locate that the hole you make in the knobs isn’t wide or deep sufficient, you can use a drill and an appropriately-sized drill bit to boost its dimension. I ended up needing to do that to mine, but it was rather rapid and straightforward. If you don’t have a drill, you can always just buy some narrower screws to fit the holes. Also, if the platform breaks off from the publish of the knob, they can be glued with each other again with super glue. That should not be a difficulty if you make the holes deep sufficient, though.
Thesedrawer knobs were so easy to make, I hold pondering about what other types of knobs our residence wants. Perhaps faux bronze ones in the kitchen? Just be mindful that if you make these for your kitchen, it would be a great thought to seal them with a polymer-safe varnish, like Minwax’s Polycrylic. Then the knobs can be securely cleaned with a damp rag. Easy peasy!
Credits // Writer and Photography: Mandi Johnson, Images edited with Spring and Valentine of the Signature Assortment.