- Quikwood (QW) is a two part resin. When mixed together you have about 20 minutes of open time before it begins to cure. It will fully cure in 24 hours.
- Only cut off as much as you need at a time.
- Make sure it is thoroughly mixed together (no swirls of color) or it will not cure.
- Do not wear jewelry especially rings when working with QW.
- Apply Avon Silicone Glove before starting and as needed when working with the QW.
- Use DecoArt Extender to blend QW being careful not to use too much or it will make your QW gummy.
Video on Quikwood Basics:
- Remove top of ornament. Pour Snow White paint into ornament and swirl around until ornament is covered. Turn upside down and drain into cup. Tip: I used a paper coffee cup which I was able to flatten sides – this made it easier to hold ornament.
- Allow to dry overnight, then insert top back into ornament.
Making Holly Leaves and Berries:
- Lay parchment paper over pattern. Mix up 1″ of QW and divide into 3. (Note of the time you finished mixing the clay) Roll 1/3 of the clay into a cone, turn and roll a point on the other end. This piece is for the smaller leaf. The piece should be about 2 1/2″ long. Lay on the pattern and begin pressing and pulling to fill in the pattern. Once the pattern is filled, flatten using the palm of your hand to smooth, use extender if needed.
- Roll the remaining two pieces of the clay into a cone, turn and place a point on the other end. This piece is for the larger leaf. The piece should be about 3″ long. Lay on the pattern and begin pressing and pulling to fill in the pattern like you did for the smaller leaf. Once the pattern is filled, flatten using the palm of your hand to smooth, use extender if needed.
- The clay will take about 20 minutes to cure. You will want to let the clay lay on the parchment paper for about 15 to 18 minutes from the time you mixed it up. Keep checking your clay to see how stiff it is. While waiting mix up 1/8″ of QW and divide into 4 – roll each piece into a ball.
- As the leaves are starting to cure position small leaf on top of head and use 2 balls of clay to hold in place. Position larger leaf on left side of head and use other 2 balls of clay to hold in place. Curl tips if desired.
- To create berries cut 3/4″ of QW and divide into 3. Roll each into a ball and place between holly leaves. I placed the first one in the top center, the second down and to the right, and the third down a little and to the left. Flatten slightly and allow to cure.
Video for making Holly and Berries:
Eyes, Nose and Mouth:
- Cut 5/8″ of QW for the nose and roll into a cone about 2 3/4″ long. Lay on a piece of parchment and wait about 12 minutes. Position it on ornament (note the position of the ornament).
- Press back of nose in place and lift tip of nose so that it is extended. You will need to hold your ornament for a few minutes until the nose is cured.
- Mix up 1/2″ of QW for eyes and mouth. Pull off two balls for eyes about 3/8″. Place on face and slightly flatten in place.
- Pull off balls to create the mouth. The balls under the nose are smaller and get larger as you move to the other side. Position and press slightly in place.
Video for making eyes, nose and mouth:
- Cut 1/2″ of QW, knead and roll into a ball, divide in 2.
- Roll one half into cone shape about 1″ long for nose. Place slightly below center of your ornament. Turn up nose slightly if desired.
- Pull off two pieces of QW about the size of a pea, and roll each into a ball. They should be the same size. Place evenly above nose, and press slightly to flatten.
- Use remaining QW to make five balls for mouth. I like to increment mine with the largest at the bottom center. Place on ornament and slightly flatten.
Video for Creating Face:
- Cut 1/2″ of QW and blend together.
- Pull off piece of QW the size of a pea, roll into a ball and then an oval and flatten.
- Lay on finger on one hand and use finger and thumb on other hand to pinch a point in the front. Move slightly back and pinch a point on each side of front point. Then create two more points behind the first side points. Pull a point on the back of the leaf, this will be the point we will insert in our QW on her head.
- Wait a few minutes and then go back over leaves reshaping them and pressing them to make them thinner
- Wait a few minutes and then begin shaping and curling leaves. I like to give the leaves a slight curl. I also like to have some of the points curl down.
- TIP: If you are brave you can mix your clay and wait about five minutes before shaping you will be able to combine the first two steps.
- Mix more QW if needed.
Video for Creating Holly:
I find it easier to paint my holly before attaching it to my ornament. So if you would like to do that also skip to the painting instructions below.
Video for Painting Holly:
Attaching Holly and adding Berries:
- Think about how you would like to arrange your holly before attaching.
- Cut 1″ of QW and roll into a 4″ coil. Place across top of head and about 1″ down sides.
- Insert holly into QW. If needed use a little Super Glue Gel to hold in place. Allow to cure.
- Cut 1/4″ QW for berries. Roll into 1/4″ balls and place between leaves. If needed mix up more QW.
Video for Attaching Holly & Berries: