Clay

Retro Holiday Ornament

By  Maryellen Kim 

Materials

  • Original Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay (Polyform Products)
  • Acrylic paints: pearl white; aqua; lavender; white; yellow; green
  • Glitter: silver; white; green; pink
  • Ribbon, 1/2 yd.
  • Wooden embroidery hoop, 3-1/2”
  • Vintage millinery or silk flowers and leaves

Tools

  • Craft knife
  • Paintbrushes
  • Waxed paper or glazed ceramic tile (for rolling out clay)
  • Acrylic brayer or rolling pin
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven
  • Craft glue
  • 1. Follow manufacturer's instructions to condition clay. Pull of a chunk of clay and roll into a donut hole-sized ball.
  • 2. Place ball on ceramic tile or waxed paper and roll out to 1/4" thickness.
  • 3. Place embroidery hoop on rolled out clay and use craft knife to trace around inside of hoop, cutting all the way through clay to form a circle. Set excess clay aside.
  • 4. Use finger to smooth circle edges.
  • 5. Roll out excess clay to 1/4" thickness, and use craft knife to cut out desired shapes for village. Simple ideas for ornament include a house, tree and free form snow drifts. Use craft knife to add simple lines for details or bricks.
  • 6. Gently arrange cut out on circle of clay and follow manufacturer's instructions to bake clay. Let cool.
  • 7. While clay cools, basecoat embroidery hoop white. When cool, paint vignette.
  • 8. When paint is dry, apply thin layer of craft glue to desired glitter areas. If using multiple glitter colors, apply only one color at a time and let dry completely before applying another color. Quick Tip: Place ornament on paper plate while glittering to save excess glitter for later use.
  • 9. When dry, apply glue to inside of embroidery hoop and place clay vignette inside to secure. Glue ribbon to outside edges of embroidery hoop.
  • 10. For hanger, thread ribbon through hoop fastener and knot ends. Glue bits of vintage millinery or silk flowers to fastener to conceal metal hardware.