How to Make a Cork Board using Elmer's Rubber Cement

Uploaded by ElmersBrands on 17.03.2010

Our final project is a cork bulletin board and not only does cork come from tree but we're
going to decorate our bulletin board with oak leaves acorn thumb tacks
let's take a look at what we're going to use. We're using an oven baked modeling
we've got modeling tools
we're also using opaque pens and a cork tile that is twelve
inches by twelve also a lightweight cork sheet and our basic supplies are some
rubber cement
we're using a penny as our pattern
thumb tacks and a pair of scissors let's go ahead and get started on on our website
you will find a pattern for an oak leaf and if you'd like to you can
also draw your own or use a different shaped leaf
i'm going to go ahead and I've cut out my pattern
and i'm going to trace the pattern onto the thin cork sheet
and I'm going to use the opaque markers right from the get go here you could trace it
onwith pencil if you want to first but it would just be in extra step that you
don't need to take
so i'm going to go all the way around the leaf
and this doesn't have to be perfectly traced because of course
leaves once they've fallen off the tree lose a bit of their shape and they might
get a little bit crumpled
little bit dented
there we go so I've got my leaf and of course we're going to draw the veins into it
and again you can just do this free hand it doesn't have to be exactly like the
little darker there
there we go
and then the next step is to color our leaves
so i've chosen to do some orange and some yellow. So I'm going to push down on my tip of
my pen to get it going
then I'm just going to kind of put it
little bit here and a little bit there
and these pens blend beautifully on the cork looks really good when we're
here we go, add a little bit of the orange
then you'll see that as i'm putting the orange on I'm going to mush it in with the
yellow a little bit
overlap things
then i'm going to come back with the yellow marker one more time
and that's going to give us a nice final blend on it
you can see how their mixing together
you can go over the veins a little bit that's not a problem
and get a really beautiful
leaf just like you would in nature
you could use a little bit of a red on this mix the brown in
I've got a nice sample here showing health the greens like which is another
really pretty option
so once you have finished coloring in your leaf
we're going to cut them out now for the sample but i think i've used five
colored leaves and five leaves with just the brown
i thought that would be
good to show that some leaves once the color is all gone just are completely
so you're carefully snip this out
and again if you make a little mistake it's not a big deal it doesn't have to
be completely perfect
try to follow the curve so we get that
good oak shape still showing
if you find that you cutting away too much of the outline and your leaf doesn't
have as much definition anymore
you can just come back again
and redo your outline
I'm actually going to set this one aside 'cause i've already pre cut some for us and
let's have a look at the little acorns that we're going to make
i'm using an oven baked clay
and i'm starting with brown
and black clay and to make a little bit of a darker brown for the cap of the
now acorns, they come in different colors of course because depending on
what type of oak tree it comes from
you could do green which would mean you're acron's not ripe yet
or you can do all different shades of brown so it's not important to get an
exact shape
but i've done is they've taken about one-third of a little roll of black
and maybe
three times that of the brown
and i'm going to twist those colors together to blend them
so you just squish it up as you condition your clay
it's going to blend together
so you'll want to roll this back and forth a few times and keep folding it
into each other
and blending it and you can see that it goes from the fun marbled effect
into a nice solid brown of course you should make sure that you're working on
a protected surface so that you're not preparing food on the same surface
so i'm going to have a little look you can see how i've gone from the marveling if i keep
blending and going to end up with a nice brown color like that
so it also got my
plain brown and that's going to be
the nut part of our acorn
just going to roll it to a tip
again acrons have different shapes so you might want to go and have a little look
your area and see if you can find an acorn and then match your acorn to the
ones that you find
so after I've got my shape done i'm going to take a little brown piece and just going to
flatten it out with my thumb
bend it out
and then i would like a fairly circular piece to go on the top for the little
cap of the acorn
and so I'm going to put a penny right there
push the penny into the shape
and then break away
the excess clay
that way I'm going to have a nice round piece
and they know that it's going to be approximately the right size
so that i mean it just flatten it out a little bit again
smooth my edges
and i'm going to put the cap
right on top of the acorn
you can see it's nice and round and fits on there really good
then i'm going to take a modeling tool
and i'm going to cut some little criss-crosses across here
like that
if you look at an acorn
they can be different textures too so you might even want to go back
and put a little bit of texture
on the bottom of your acron
once that's all done
i've made a little tiny stem out of a piece of brown that i saved
and you can use your modeling tool to just gently push that into the dark
just like that
now we have to be able to push this onto our pushpin and so what i've done is
just gently
role it into the back of your acorn and then come back with your modeling
and dig up that area now if you happen to
kinda squish your acorn while you're doing this it's easy to go back and
just gentlely reroll it to get your shape back
you want to make sure that this hole that you're putting in the back is a
little bit bigger than your tack
so that you have room to push it in really nicely
so you can see I've kind of
squished a little bit so I'll just
mold it back into it's shape
and now it's just the acorn piece goes into the oven to bake you don't
want to
bake your thumb tack okay
and then once it comes out
it's going to be nice and hard like this
and we're going to glue that
onto the back of our thumb tack. So i'm just going to move these aside
and what they're going to do is use the rubber cement for this and so it gives us a
really nice bond and keeps it on there really steadily
and i'm going to fill that little hole up really good with this
to be sure that I'm not going to have a dropping off
and then this is going to take a couple hours to dry so you'll want to leave
put the thumb tack up if you can
you we can prop it between something
and let that dry
so our final step is to just add our leaves onto our bulletin board
and i've just put them kind of hanging a little bit off the side
put them in a pretty patterns that looks like they're falling leaves may be
blowing in the wind a little bit
and again we're going to use the rubber cement to hold these on
if we take a look at our finished project
you can see we've got the oak leaves all along the top and our acorn to hold our
little notes in place.