Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Portrait Tiles

We used up some spare clay from another project to make plaster portrait tiles.

  • clay
  • knife
  • dolls head
  • pointed stick
  • textured wallpaper
  • plaster of Paris
  • First flatten a ball of clay into a flat tile shape, cutting off the edges to make a rectangle.
  • Use textured wallpaper to imprint a pattern all over the tile.
  • Take a dolls head (Barbie) and push it quite deeply into the clay to give a face impression.
  • Use a pointed stick to add hair and other details
L's clay portrait
R's clay portrait
Mum's clay portrait
  •  Next use some clay to build a wall around the tile.
Tiles with walls of clay
  • Fill the tile with plaster of Paris, we embedded a hanging string into the plaster at this stage.
  • Remove the clay wall once the plaster has set.

Our plaster tiles removed from the mold

  • Paint the tiles (come back soon to see ours)


  1. Adorable! Thanks for linking up and sharing this with the Smart Summer Challenge!

    Can't wait to see them all painted! : )

    pink and green mama

  2. Love to see these tiles.These are really looking so good and make a good inspiration...great job!!