“Enter at Your Own Risk” Wreath
- Foam wreath, 14” diameter
- STAEDTLER FIMO Effect Clay: Nightglow, Glitter Green
- STAEDTLER FIMO Soft Clay: White, Black
- Quilt batting
- Cheese cloth
- Grey floral moss
- Natural twigs
- Clay tools: cutter or plastic knife, roller, basic sculpting tools, spoon
- STAEDTLER FIMO Gloss Varnish
- Acrylic paints: white, black
- Cornstarch or baby powder
- Computer and printer
- Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
- Fabric glue
paintbrush, rubbing alcohol, cotton ball, screw, toothpick, paper plate, damp paper towel, parchment paper, newspaper or wax paper (to cover work surface)
- 1. Work on wax paper when using clay and newspaper when using paints.
- 1. Remove clay from packages and condition separately in hands until soft. If clay cracks, keep conditioning. Mix 1/2 block of Nightglow clay with 1/4 block of Glitter Green clay, creating marbled effect. Roll marbled clay into 1”-thick log; use cutter to cut 12 discs measuring 1/4” thick. See Photo 1.
- 2. Condition 1-1/2 blocks of Nightglow clay. Roll clay into 1”-thick log; cut 12 discs measuring 1” thick. Dust spoon with cornstarch or baby powder. Shape and blend marbled green clay into round disc by pressing on curved area on spoon. Flatten Nightglow disc and press over marbled green clay on spoon. Remove layered disc. Repeat with remaining clay discs creating 12 eyes. See Photo 2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake eyes on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.
- 3. Dip end of paintbrush handle in black acrylic paint; dot pupils on center of eyes. Let dry. Apply two coats of varnish. Let dry. See Photo 3.
- 4. Roll Black clay to 1/4” thickness; press head of screw into clay randomly. (Note: This will create irregular patterns in clay in later step.) Paint clay with three heavy coats of white paint. Let dry overnight. See Photo 4.
- 5. Once paint has dried, roll clay to 1/8” thickness, changing direction of rolling to stretch clay. (Note: Changing direction of clay will create cracks and distressed appearance. If clay becomes too thin, add sheet of Black clay underneath and continue rolling.) See Photo 5.
- 6. Use cutter or plastic knife to cut coffin shape, measuring approximately 6” tall. Bake coffin on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool. See Photo 6.
- 7. Use computer and printer to print “Enter at your own risk” backwards. Check size to fit approximately 4”x3” area; cut out saying. Roll White clay to 1/8” thickness. Position printed saying with ink side down on center of clay sheet. Use cotton ball to dab rubbing alcohol on back of paper. Lift paper from clay, revealing transferred saying. Repeat process to transfer saying completely. See Photo 7.
- 8. Use cutter to cut banner shape around words, measuring approximately 10”x1-1/2”, shaping sides into overlapping “v” ends. Use toothpick or pencil tip to engrave saying into clay. Dot “stitching” detail on banner edges using toothpick. See Photo 8.
- 9. Roll parchment paper and fold in half. Shape banner over folded parchment to create curved shape. Bake banner on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool on folded parchment. See Photo 9.
- 10. On paper palette, mix white and black paint creating grey. Paint banner grey, filling in stitch lines and saying. Use damp paper towel to wipe excess paint from banner. Let dry. Dot edges of coffin grey using end of paintbrush handle. Let dry. See Photo 10.
- 11. Roll White clay into small balls; form into bony skeleton hands using photos as guide. Bake hands on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool. Adhere hands on sides of coffin. See Photo 11 and Photo 12.
- 12. On clean work surface, cover wreath with quilt batting; adhere ends using fabric glue. Cover quilt batting with cheese cloth; adhere ends using fabric glue. Add random lengths of cheesecloth, creating tattered appearance. Adhere cheesecloth strip from top of wreath to bottom of wreath through center opening (for coffin).
- 13. Adhere eyes in pairs, evenly spaced, around wreath. Form cheesecloth “eyelids” by twisting and adhering excess cheesecloth into logs along top and bottom edges of eyes. Adhere banner on center of coffin. Let dry. Adhere coffin on cheesecloth in opening on wreath. Let dry.
- 14. Paint natural twigs white. Let dry. Adhere moss and twigs on wreath below coffin. Let dry.
- 15. For hanger, measure and cut 12” cheesecloth length. Adhere each end to either side on back of wreath.