Welcome to the ABS Ornament Blog Hop. I'm so excited that you've joined us for the 3rd annual event. It's no secret that I'm a Christmas nut. Jess and I have had a tradition since our early newlywed days (almost 20 years ago) that we make ornaments for our tree each year. Jess was busy crafting paper ornaments this year and I have been having fun with felt, beads and clay. Everything has a handcrafted, woodland motif which goes nicely with the birds, nests, pine cones and snowflakes that we've been collecting and making over the years.
Grab a cookie and let's get this ornament party started!
Original white Sculpey polymer clay
Holly cookie cutter
Roller or pasta machine
Large rubber stamps
Black Stayz On ink
White fine glitter6" steel wire 21 gauge
12mm polymer clay disk
14mm beaded bead
10" sari silk ribbon
1. Roll out the clay on the thickest setting of the pasta machine or to an 1/8" thick with a roller.
2. Cut out the leaf shape with a cookie cutters.
3. Stamp the image unto the clay, use gentle and even pressure but don't stamp the clay too deeply or it will stick to your clay. (At this point poke a hole with a thin straw or use a small hand drill to create a hole after the clay is baked.)
4. Bake the clay according to the manufacture's directions.
5. Apply a think layer of glue in the white/negative spaces of the stamp, sprinkle on the glitter and let dry.
6. Pull the wire through the hole and create a wrapped loop around the top of the ornament.
7. String on the polymer clay bead and beaded bead. Create a large wrapped loop at the top.
8. Tie on the ribbon.
Why original Sculpey clay? I don't recommend this clay for many projects, but this one has a very porous nature that reminds me dough ornaments and a nice off-white color. You'll find it in a large box where they sell Sculpey III. This will keep the ornaments matte, non-plastic looking and more like a natural piece of clay.
Clay, beaded beads, glitter, ink and stamps: Michael's. Polymer clay bead: Humblebeads.
Grab another cookie and head on over to see what the other creative designers whipped up for the ornament hop!
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