I made this vase of gypsum using plasticine and a plastic bottle First of all, I knead the plasticine properly and make a rectangle, trying to make its surface as even as possible. Then I left it under the sun to make it very soft. It can also be put on the battery. Then I begin to insert flowers and leaves into this softened plasticine. On top I’ll put small berries of a branch of some bush that grows on the road as a weed. I put the leaves with the embossed side on the plasticine. I press down each leaf, but carefully. First, I lay the main fragments of the future pattern. Everything on top will not be fully printed, but will be in the background. I take the flower stalk on the leaf so that its end won’t be visible. I’ll make prints with a leaf between the main fragments, creating a background for the main picture. When the composition is ready, I carefully remove all the plants. The berries burst and let the juice go. But I will carefully remove it with a napkin. Now I will draw a rectangle in the center of the workpiece. Then I bend along the lines, creating a kind of a tray, a small box. I leave the tray in a cool place to get the plasticine harder. Now I will dilute gypsum with water in ratio one to one. I take two cups of water and two cups of gypsum to it. It is important to put gypsum in water, and not vice versa. This way is easier to avoid lumps and prevent reaction to start prematurely. I put gypsum into the tray and leave to harden. When the gypsum hardens, I take it out. I do not let it get hard completely. Gypsum is still not quite hard, but already cold. You may notice that while the reaction is in progress, the gypsum keeps being warm. Here is what came out. I cut the edges straight. While the gypsum is not completely hardened, it is easy to cut I cut all sides straight and make about 45 degrees chamfer. make about 45 degrees chamfer. Now the second side. I lay out flowers and leaves again. Berries on the top. This time I will make the flowers differently, one flower will be convex, and the other one will be kind of cut in the gypsum. I remove the leaves and leave the flower. I also add some leaves. I measure the sides again and make a box. Before filling the mold with gypsum, I put some oil on the flower and leaves so that they do not stick to the gypsum. Fill and leave to harden. I cut the sides, making sure the two sides are of the same size. I also make a chamfer on both sides. The other two sides will be without flowers, only leaves. Well, and the berries upstairs, can’t do without them. There will be one large leaf on one side, and just a few leaves on the other. take out the sides. In one place, the berries are not whole, I will correct them later. I’m not sure that this is necessary, but I decided to make some notches on the back of each workpiece for better grip. I make a mixture of PVA glue and gypsum. Using this mixtureI pot the sides together on a piece of plasticine. first I connected all four sides. Using a triangular ruler, I make sure that the sides are at square angles to each other. I had an unsuccessful attempt to fill this structure, so I decided to strengthen it properly. I coat the joints using a mixture of PVA and gypsum. I put a strip of plasticine at the very bottom to close the gap between the side and the plasticine base. I’ll cut off the top of the plastic bottle. I’ll lay a strip of plasticine on top to lengthen the bottle up a little. I put in some stones for weighting. I’ll cover the top with plasticine so that the gypsum doesn’t get inside the bottle. I put another circle of plasticine on the plasticine base, to make it a little higher, and then I put a bottle on it. Again I make a gypsum solution. I took two cups of water and gypsum, but at the first stage, one would be quite enough. First you need just fix the bottle and create a bottom. Nevertheless In some places it leaked, so I didn’t fill put in the whole gypsum and made a candlestick from the remains of gypsum. But still, not everything flowed out, and when the first fill hardened, I poured a little more, but still did not everything. I was afraid it might leak again, but everything worked out well. The third time I have completely filled the vase and left to harden completely. It stood there for three days, but only because I was tired of working with it. Finally, I got ready to see what is there. Due to an additional piece of plasticine, a recess has formed at the bottom, which looks very good. But still, the bottom needs to be evened. I use putty for this. Instead of a spatula I use an old plastic card. I use sandpaper and make final smoothening with putty. Now I’ll fix some flaws in the picture. restore the stem. I trim the joints of the edges. It seems that the most comfortable tool is a finger. I correct the shape of the berries. You see what came out Now I turn to the top. Putty again. I put the leaves on the wet putty. I add oil at each leaf and put it in the putty the embossed side down. I have already made a whole vase in this technique leaves in the putty. You can watch this video. When the putty dries a little, I remove the leaves. I did not wait for complete drying, so I removed the leaves very carefully. There is not enough putty in one place, so I’ll add it and put a leaf on it. After drying a little, I smoothen it with sandpaper, very gently. Now I paint the whole vase with white paint. I add a lot of water so that thick paint would not smear the relief. I’ll take thicker paint along the upper edge to make the transition from the side to the top invisible. Now add some color, it will be the background. After drying, I dunk a piece of cloth in the paint and slightly touch the relief. If you want to make the picture brighter, you do not need to press harder, , you just need to touch the pattern with the cloth again and again. If you press harder, the background will be colored as well and the picture will not be so noticeable. Don’t be upset if some places are painted too much, you can always fix it by painting it over with a brush. Honestly, red is not my favorite color, but this vase already has the owner, and he, or rather, she wanted the vase to be in red. I’ll make the bottom brighter. The final step is to varnish the vase. The first layer is a spray varnish, to fix the paint, because I worked in watercolor. When it dries properly, I cover it with parquet varnish. So here comes an interesting vase which you can put flowers in or simply have it as an interior decoration.