My sister is obsessed with sea life (She’s a scientist!) and loves decorating her place like it’s an aquarium. And since we don’t really do gifts anymore because we’re adults and it got too expensive to do every year, we do like to randomly gift each other with surprises. So I thought of a surprise that she could DIY herself when she learns how to make ocean coral!
I know my sister would never hurt mother nature and break off a piece of coral from the reef, but she wouldn’t mind if it washed ashore and she got to put it in her aquarium house of gadgets and gizmos a-plenty. So with my crafty hand, I got to thinking, I just needed to mimic the coral. And there are so many different kinds of species of coral, there’s no right way on how to make your own ocean coral.
- Polymer Clay
- Wire or aluminum foil
- Polyurethane Sealer
Take your wire or aluminum foil and start twisting it into a two-headed piece. The clay will wrap this so don’t worry about it being pretty.
Grab a chunk of clay and start molding it around your frame. Shaping how you want the coral to look. Cover all the pieces of the frame with clay.
Smooth out the areas with your thumb. Again, don’t worry about it being perfect, real coral has texture and you want this to be as life-like as possible.
Once you get the desired shape, take your toothpick and poke holes into your designed coral.
After you have poked your holes, put your clay coral design in the oven. Place it on a cooking sheet and put the oven on 275 degrees. Leave in there for about 15 minutes.
Make sure the clay feels hard, but be careful it’s hot! Take out your piece from the oven and wait for it to cool down.
Paint your coral whatever color you want. I chose red because well I got a little nerdy and found some coral that looked like mine. The species Brown Gorgonian, Muricia fruticosa, (Yeah! Be proud sis!) which looks red and light pink. Plus, my red wire was poking a little bit out of my clay.
Wait for it to dry and then spray with your sealant.
Place it around all your sea life decorations!
I can hear my sister now rattling off the types of coral there are—Brain, Fire, Pillar, Black—so you have lots of options to mimic when it comes to creating your own coral. And that’s the fun part of crafting, making it your own!