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DIY – How to Make Agate Slice Wall Hanging Art

diy agate slice wall hanging art dream catcher tutorial adorablestDIY – How to Make Agate Slice Wall Hanging Art. Add some beautiful colour to your walls with this easy to make Agate Slice Wall Hanging. Follow the easy Step-by-step tutorial.

Agate slices come in all sorts of (dyed) colours, shapes & sizes and they are so pretty. I’ve collected several over the last few weeks and to display them, I made this simple wall decoration. If you want to make one similar, you’ll just need a few simple items.

agate slice stacked
You will need:

  • Agate Slices. Various ranging from about 5cm to 8cm, with a single drilled hole.
  • Clear Beading Thread. Not too thick – you’ll be making knots.
  • Stick. I used a piece I found at the beach, like driftwood. Make sure it’s clean.
  • Twine. A small amount for the ‘hanging’ part. Or ribbon or embroidery floss.
  • Scissors. For trimming the clear thread and twine.

agate slices colorfulHow to :

1. Assemble your supplies.

2. On a flat surface, position where you’d like the agate slices to fall.

3. TAKE A PHOTO! It really helps to refer back to it.

4. Knot the clear thread through the agate and tie to the stick (look at your photo).

5. Continue with all the slices, then finish with a piece of twine to hang.

diy agate slices wall hanging driftwooddiy agate slice wall hanging dream catcherdiy agate slice wall hanging dream catcher adorablestPoint to Note:

  • I thought about painting or wrapping the stick with stripes of embroidery thread or ribbon, but decided to just leave simple, but go for it if you want lots of colour.
  • I used a variety of colours, but you could try monochrome or natural shades.
  • Don’t tie to the stick too tightly to start. You may need to adjust the positioning.
  • This could also be used like a child’s mobile or wind chimes, just make sure they don’t ‘clink’ together too much in a windy spot, in case they break.

If you have some agate slices that you would like to display horizontally, have a look at my DIY – Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders.


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Claire

DIY – Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Title PageDIY – Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders. I recently purchased these pretty agate slices from Six Things, a wonderful shop at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. (If you can’t make it there in person, check out their online shop!)

I’ve seen some agate slice holders made from perspex, but they weren’t quite what I would like, so … here’s a DIY for a modern take on agate holders to show off your slices.

You will need:

  • Polymer Clay. Transparent (white) and a tiny amount of black. Fimo and Sculpey are a couple of brands. Use whatever you have or can get for this project.
  • Hemisphere (half sphere) Silicone Mold. Small size. Available online.
  • Oven & Baking Paper. To bake the polymer clay according to instructions.
  • Mitre Box & Saw. For an accurate groove.
  • Metal File.  To neaten the groove
  • Sandpaper. Optional if you want a super smooth finish.
  • Carnauba Wax. Optional if you want to add a sheen to the finished piece.
  • Workspace. Allow a clean area to roll, saw and file your polymer clay.

How to :

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders NaturalGather your pretty slices. Check the width of the slices as some are thicker than others. These are more neutral, natural tones, others are dyed bright.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Mold Polymer ClayRoll your polymer clay. I used transparent white with some softener (as it had gone crumbly) and a tiny speck, like a grain of sand of black, to make grey streaks.

Perhaps this crumbliness also had the effect of making the piece look realistically like marble. I released the piece from the mould before baking, so I could check the shape.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Sawing ProcessAfter baking, I smoothed the base by rubbing on a fine grade sandpaper. I used a mitre box and saw to gradually and carefully saw two cuts into the hemisphere, about the width of the slice. Cut down into the hemisphere only about a quarter to start.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Sawing Close UpUse a clean file to grind down the rest. Use it gently!

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders FinishedCheck the width and depth of the groove with your slice and if suitable, smooth with a fine grade of sandpaper to smooth out.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplayVarious widths and depths may be needed to fit your slices. Gradually saw and file to finish. Coat with Carnauba wax for a light sheen.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplayDisplay your agate slices…

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplaySimple, Modern and Minimalist.DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplayIf you like agate slices, also check out DIY – How to Make Agate Slice Wall Hanging Art.

Claire

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