Clay

Clay Snowball Ornaments

By  Diane Villano  for  Polyform Products

size: 3-7/8"

  • Clay Snowball Ornaments
  • Christmas Tree Cut-Out

Materials

  • Ultra Light Sculpey (Polyform)
  • Pearl-Ex Pigment Powders: Micro Pearl; Sky Blue; Glitter Gold (Jacquard)
  • Yellow satin ribbon, 1/8”

Tools

  • Paintbrushes
  • Cookie cutters, 1”-1-1/2”: snowflake; star
  • Circle template or cookie cutter, 3-7/8”
  • Ripple clay blade
  • Cornstarch or other mold release agent
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or acrylic brayer
  • Sobo (Delta) or PVA glue
  • Rough-grit sandpaper
  • Small eye screw
  • Pin vise with small drill bit
  • Craft knife
  • Oven-safe batting
  • Oven
  • Floodlight bulb with original cardboard packaging or ceramic coffee mug
  • 1. Follow manufacturer's instructions to condition clay. Roll clay through thickest pasta machine setting.
  • 2. For ornament front, use circle template and craft knife to cut 3-7/8" clay circle. Use small cookie cutter to cut shape from circle center. Set shape aside. Press sandpaper onto surface for texture and lightly dust with Micro Pearl. Center clay circle on floodlight bulb. Remove any plastic wrap and cut cardboard down on packaging so it doesn't touch clay circle. If packaging isn't available, place bulb in ceramic coffee mug. Bake for 20 minutes, let cool, and remove clay from bulb.
  • 3. For ornament back, cut another 3-7/8" clay circle. Press sandpaper onto clay surface for texture; apply Micro Pearl. Brush a desired mica powder color on opposite side, turn over, and center clay circle on bulb. If clay sticks to fingers, lightly dust clay with cornstarch. Bake for 20 minutes, let cool, and remove clay from bulb. Brush off excess powder.
  • 4. Apply glue to untutored side of reserved clay shape and center shape inside ornament back. Place on oven-safe batting and bake for 15 minutes. Let cool.
  • 5. Roll small clay ball into very thin long snake. Place ornament front and back together to form a "flying saucer" shape and align cut shape on inside of ornament back with shape cut out from ornament front. Run thin bead of glue where edges meet. While glue is still wet, press thin snake into seam and trim excess clay.
  • 6. Roll 12" clay strip through pasta machine at medium-thin setting. Use ripple blade to cut 1/3"-wide strip. Run thin bead of glue where back and front join. While glue is still wet, adhere ripple-cut strip to ornament, starting at top. Trim excess clay.
  • 7. Roll small clay ball and press onto ornament top. Bake on oven-safe batting for 20 minutes; let cool.
  • 8. Use pin vise to drill hole at ornament top; insert eye screw in hole.