how i made the vintage bells

  1. Roll out the clay and wrap it around the object, did this with a takeaway cup acting as a barrier to the ceramic vessel I used to size
  2. Join ends on the side by marking one side to the clay with groves, I also added a little PVA for good measure, now blend by pulling the top layer over the bottom to blend into it, and the same for the circle to the of the now clay cylinder - leave to dry, I dried my in a dehydrator for a couple of hours at 50deg
  3. For the card stock bell, Cut out a card stock rectangle and circle for the top.
  4. Glue sides together, add cuts to the top, fold in and glue, then glue the folded circle to the top.
  5. Add bells, I did this by attaching to a piece of string and glueing it to the inside top of the large bell top.
  6. Add a coat of filler to the card stock bell - leave it to dry.
  7. Roll out air-dried clay and add rims, and handles to both bells. Add glue to the dried air-dried clay base and push the clay on for the rims, blending. Again, leave to dry
  8. Paint bells with Baking soda black paint mix
  9. Add a gold paint layer - I used a Resene - Goldmine in one and Brass Alcohol in on the other.
  10. Add colour black wash, to age and tone down the brass and paint.
  11. Varnish

Product used

Air-Dried Clay
120 GSM cardstock
PVA glue
Hot Glue Gun
Brass Pinata Alcohol Ink
Isopropyl Alcohol
Black Paint
Water (for blending the clay into itself)
Vessel for shape
Bell for bell





05 November 2022

How to DIY Aged Vintage Bells - A Pottery Barn Dupe

Do you love the look of aged vintage bells but can't seem to find them anywhere? Well, fear not! In this video, we'll show you how to create your own aged vintage bells using simple materials you can find at your local hardware store or craft store! This Pottery Barn Dupe is perfect for adding a touch of Christmas magic to your d├ęcor. Whether you're looking to decorate your home for the holidays or just add some fun flair to your everyday space, this DIY project is perfect for you! I sure had a heap of fun making them! Enjoy





Donna O'Donoghue