Lemon Slice Magnet

For the L-and-C Grab Bag Swap, I tried to make items that were both L and C. So the first thing I thought of to make was a Lemon / Citrus slice fridge magnet.

I had some air-dry clay leftover from a Christmas project, and this seemed like a perfect use for it. Because I’m not super-confident about my sculpting skills, I turned to YouTube, where I found a nice tutorial:

I followed it, but loosely. For example, I did intentionally make it non-transparent (because of the magnet on the back) and thicker so it would be sturdy and easy to pick up. Also, I wanted mine to be a little more cartoon-ish than 100% realistic. So I gave it a plumper profile and sparser pulp texture. And I knew I was planning to paint it with glaze, so I did not color the clay itself.

Once it was good and dry, I painted it with Triple-Thick Glaze (mixed with yellow alcohol ink), and attached the magnet. Last, I covered the back with felt (after cutting a magnet-sized hole in the middle of it) to give it a finished look.

While I’ve never had much luck crafting with clay, the tutorial helped me make something that turned out pretty cute.

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Great job… it looks just like the real thing!

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I LOVE this! I have never tried to glaze anything but now I might have to. It looks amazing!

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I love it!

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So cute and, dare I say, refreshing-looking! I’ve been on a kick mixing a little lemonade into my seltzer lately so this is really speaking to me.

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Very cute!

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This is wonderful !

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That is so neat! You did a great job.

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Thanks, everyone!

And @kittykill, I noticed we both thought “lemon!” for the L.

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I’m so tickled to be on the the receiving end of this juicy creativity! I love how this turned out and it’s proudly hanging out on my file cabinet in my office where I can see it every day!

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