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West Elm Inspired Orb

Posted by Meghan Quinones

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When I spied the metal orb at West Elm, I knew I had to have it. Well, after I picked it up and looked at the price tag, I slowly placed it back on the table where I found it. Being on a tight budget right now, I knew I could not justify the purchase. So, I decided to make my own version!

The West Elm orb is metal. Since I knew I was not going to be creating an actual metal piece, I wanted to try and come up with something that looked like metal. I have to admit, I am pretty excited about my workaround! I used two wooden Darice Embroidery Hoops to create the shape of my orb, DAS Clay to create the texture, and silver paint for the metallic color! I think my version looks pretty good and cost SO much less than the West Elm version!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 Darice Embroidery Hoops (7 inches)
  • DAS Air Drying Clay
  • DecoArt Shimmering Silver Metallic Paint
  • Paint Brush
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Let's get crafty!

Remove the centers from your embroidery hoops. Then, place one inside of the other.

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Take one of the outer embroidery hoops and place it around the outside of the two hoops.

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Begin wrapping clay around your hoops. Use your hands to move the clay so it covers the top and the bottom of your hoops.

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Cover the areas that cross with clay. Once your hoops are completely covered in clay, wet your fingers and go over your clay, smoothing it out. Let your clay dry.

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Once your clay is completely dry, paint the inside with your silver paint.

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Paint the outside of your orb. Let your paint dry and you are finished!

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Via West Elm