21.4.15

Clay Plumeria Bonsai

thai clay flowers
Clay Frangipani Bonsai Tree
            Hi friends I guess most of us have played around with clay at one time or the other! Last month a health scare mandated that I "take rest".Making clay Plumeria [otherwise called Frangipani] flowers and leaves to go on a clay bonsai tree helped me to "take rest" without going crazy! 
thai clay flowers
Clay Frangipani flowers
          The Plumeria flowers and leaves were all made with Thai Clay, a type of air drying clay popular for flower making.My first experiment with Thai clay was a small Thai clay rose you can see in this post on an Altered Bottle.I find Thai Clay  a challenging medium to work with and my little Bonsai tree has lots of amateurish imperfections but I hope you can bear with me!
thai clay bonsai
Clay Plumeria Flowers
          I used oil paints to ink the centers of my plumeria flowers yellow and the leaves were made by mixing green oil colors into the thai clay dough before shaping them into leaves and adding veins.Made the flower buds in white and used my finger tips to lightly shade them with oil paints[ I found I had better control using my fingertips than a brush]!
thai clay plumeria
Clay Frangipani Bonsai Tree
         I used wire to form the framework for the bonsai tree...in a similar fashion to how I made the Beaded Christmas tree and covered it with a tougher air dry clay called Mseal [you can read about Mseal here: Mseal tutorial ].Purposely added some cracks on the Mseal and finger painted it with different shades [brown and a bit of green and black] of oil paints to resemble a tree trunk.
Clay Frangipani Bonsai Tree
Clay Plumeria Bonsai Tree
         I am sorry I dont have pictures of how I made it...it was all an experiment! I love Plumerias and here in India we can see them on the roadside in many different colors! I hope you like my Clay Plumeria Bonsai  !
Supplies : Thai Clay and wires to make tree framework + oil colors from Itsy Bitsy [ Thank you Sajan , Manager Itsy Bitsy RMV branch for helping me choose the oil colors]

39 comments:

  1. Wow! Beautiful clay bonsai! I leaves look so real...with the veins and eveything...
    I love Plumeria too..the flowers with the shading look so beautiful!
    You have inspired me to try my hand at clay now :D

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  2. Very true Purvi I too love plumerias ,specially its color that soft yellow in the middle and not to forget its amazing fragrance.Dr you have made is look so real that I can smell its fragrance......lovely work

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  3. It looks really beautiful - and not amateurish at all. I like the detailing on the leaves and how the buds fold so well

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  4. These are just divine and I love the leaves as much as the flowers. I am a big fan of these flowers and in Indonesia they are called Frangipani I think and also Bunga Bali as they are traditional of Bali. They are much loved,
    Monica

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  5. Holy amazing Doc! LOVE this entire idea and the branches are just so realistic looking! Love the blossoms too, I can't believe you made this out of clay! WHAT!!!! Awesome! hugs :)

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  6. Wow wow wow!! You are just amazing!! This is GORGEOUS!!!! I Loveeeeeeeee it!!!!!!!!

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  7. This is AMAZING!!! Wow, the intricate flowers and leaves:) I can't believe the end results...simply gorgeous!
    Sherrie K

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  8. This is stunning Sonia, it looks so real - absolutely beautiful.
    Pauline
    x

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  9. I don't see any imperfection on it ,infact I am impressed how real the leaves look with the texture and the shading on buds too :)

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  10. WOW, wow, WOWEEE...this is fabulous! Your tree turned out stunning and the detail and impressions are exquisite. The flowers look so beautiful. I'm sorry to hear that the cause of seeing this to completion was due to a health scare, but I do hope that you are bounced back to a safe realm now. My son is needing to make a faux bonsai tree for a college art class in order to give perspective to a rock....LOL....it sounds weird typed out, but I'm sure it makes sense in his mind. I'll show him your tree as inspiration. Big hugs to you,
    Lisa x

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  11. This is stunning and looks so real! Beautiful. TFS Hope you got the rest you needed :-)

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    1. Oh Yes Karon...I am fully recuperated now. Thank you !

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  12. Wow! What a stunning creation!

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  13. This is quite amazing Sonia!!! It looks so realistic!! Beautifully done!! ;)

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  14. Really pretty! You are such a talented sculptor--I guess I should say "all-around" artist! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

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    1. Oh Penny...I have an urge to try all kinds of crafts!

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    2. Absolutely gorgeous flowers! I agree with Penny you can turn your hand to any crafts and they look wonderful. It's lovely to see what you create next. Debra x

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  15. So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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  16. This is beautiful! Those flowers look so real. I love the way you colored the tree trunk, too. Gorgeous!

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  17. OMG! You've done this so well. We have this tree on the roadside back home so I can tell you have got the entire project right.

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  18. How beautiful! You did a wonderful job on your plumeria bonsai plant, it looks so real! I love the smell of the plumeria flower.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  19. Very beautiful one Sonia. Hope u r feeling better now

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  20. This is awesome, and to think it is 'healing therapy' is marvelous. You are definitely a master at so many different crafts. Hope the health issues are all put to rest by now. TFS such a beautiful project & it's even more wonderful to know you just have to enjoy it, without tending to watering & fertilizing. Awesome. TFS & Hugs

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  21. Amazing. This Plumeria Bonsai looks very realistic. Love it!

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  22. This is amazing. I would expect to see something like this in an expensive home decor store. I'm glad you are getting the rest you need and pray your health continues to improve.
    Hugs,
    Teresa

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  23. Oh wow, this is stunning!! The flowers and leaves are perfect!! Wow, is there nothing you can't do??!! I love, love this my friend!! Simply amazing!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  24. Very pretty!!! Makes a nice center piece, flowers are so beautiful.
    Hugs, Pat♥

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  25. I am sorry never visiting you again Dr Sonia
    I always love if I visiting you and get a new idea
    and this plumeria bonzai is adorable love it looks like a real one
    hope I can visiting you more often but life sometimes so busy and I always remember you dont think I ignore you Miss Sonia
    Lovely Post
    big hugs from Germany
    PS: If you see my left side I have a birthday Linky party on my blog klick that picture and it go to the post of my bday linky party...easy..chose one of my card and MIMIC or CASE it only one and link to my mr linky and you will be there...opps sorry I am not promotion it is only for you Miss Sonia..

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  26. Wow! It seems true and is so beautiful! Great work!

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  27. This is fantastic Doc!

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  28. This is Amazing Sonia..Loz

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  29. WOW it is AGAIN, this is almost real, I LOVE it,

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  30. Hello Dr Sonia what your creations are stunning beautiful weather, I love it!
    Greetings Baukje

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  31. How beautiful! I love this tree and Wow- you made this out of clay? So realistic- and beautifully painted!

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  32. Flowers and leaves looks like real one..very beautiful Sonia...take care...

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  33. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is amazing how clever just love it so beautiful
    hugs Kate xx

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  34. No way does it look amateurish... It looks soclose to the real ones.. Painted smartly too.. Been forever since I visited your blog.. Got so much to catch up on!!

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