I am so excited for todays DIY project. After making the gold geometric door pulls
a few weeks back, I got hit with an idea to use the same technique to make a gold handled cheese knife with a coordinating gold serving plate. They turned out better than I could have hoped for, so I am going to share with you how I made these beauties.
For the knife I used Crayola air dry clay, a plain cheese knife that I had laying around, and some gold enamel paint that I picked up at the Habitat restore for $2 (but Martha Stewart Craft Paint in gold would work too). First you will need to use a large chunk of the clay and form it around the handle of the knife. Make sure to use a good about and really squish it tight around the knife handle.
After letting your clay dry for a day, use an X-acto knife to slice bits of the clay away to create a geometric look.
When you are happy with the carving and look of the knife, let it set out for another 3-4 days to fully dry and harden. At this time, you can use a sanding block to smooth out any imperfections or fingerprints.
After the knife is dry and sanded, use your craft paint to paint the handle making sure to seal the edge where the knife and clay come into contact with each other with the paint. I let my first coat dry and then applied a second coat of paint. Once the paint is dry, be sure to let the paint cure for the amount of time recommended on the bottle. My paint only needed to cure for 2 days, but I know that Martha Stewart craft paint needs to cure for 21 days before washing.
Congratulations! Your knife is no complete. To make the geometric serving plate, I picked up a plain white plate at the thrift store and used my Martha Stewart gold craft paint to paint a wedge on the plate. You will need to wipe the surface down with alcohol (the same as when we made with the gold rimmed drinking glasses
) so that the paint can adhere to the surface.
Then just use painters tape to mark off your desired design and paint. Be sure to remove the tape while the paint is still wet so that the lines remain crisp. Again, you will need to let your paint cure before using your plate.
Once the plate and knife are both cured, go ahead and plate your cheese and crackers and have some friends over to marvel at your beautiful new cheese serving set. As for cleaning these guys, I would recommend hand washing them taking care not to let them soak in water. The plate should be fine once cured, but since the knife is made with air dry clay (even though it is sealed with paint) I wouldn’t want to put it in the dishwasher or get too wet.