Paint

Santa & Rudolph Clay Pot Shelf Sitters

By  Barbara Greve 

size: 8" tall

Materials

  • GENERAL:
  • Clay pots: 1/2”; 2”
  • Wooden items: ball knob, 1-1/4”; beads, 12mm, two
  • Creative Paperclay air-dry modeling compound
  • Light-duty cotton cord, 1/8”
  • SANTA:
  • Wooden beads, 20mm, two
  • Americana Acrylic Paints: Titanium White; Lamp Black; Fleshtone; Country Red; Napa Red; Hauser Medium Green; Blush Flesh; Trail Tan
  • Snow-Tex dimensional snow
  • White chenille stem, 3mm
  • RUDOLPH:
  • Clay pots, 2-1/2”, two
  • Americana Acrylic Paints: Milk Chocolate; Titanium White; Lamp Black; Country Red; Dk. Chocolate; Hauser Med. Green
  • White craft foam scrap
  • Fun Wire, 24-gauge: Candy Bar
  • Fabric strip, 5/8”x12”

Tools

  • Robert Simmons Craft Painter Brushes: Wash/Glaze, Series CP55, 1/2”; Flat Shader, Series CP60, #1, #4; Spotter, Series CP81, 10/0; Angle Shader, Series CP57, 3/8”
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Drill with 1/8” glass/tile bit and 1/16” wood bit
  • Glass, Tile & More Glue
  • Cotton string, 10” length
  • Fun Wire, 20-gauge: Icy Silver
  • Small wire cutters

Pattern - Santa & Rudolph Clay Pot Shelf Sitters

  • Santa
  • 1. Use modeling compound to roll 3/32" (nose) and 3/16" (pom-pom) balls; let dry. Drill holes through sides of 2" pot, 3/16" from bottom. Paint 3/8" Titanium White strip vertically centered between arm holes down Santa's suit. Paint: hat brim, bottom of suit, and pom-pom Titanium White; face and nose Fleshtone; hat and suit Country Red; gloves Hauser Med. Green; boots Lamp Black. For mouth, paint small Lamp Black circle, 3/32" below nose.
  • 2. Use angle shader to shade suit on sides of vertical strip and above bottom white band on suit and hat Napa Red.
  • 3. Use #1 shader to dry brush cheeks and a little on nose Blush Flesh. Lightly dry brush tops of cheeks Titanium White. Use spotter brush to add small Titanium White highlight dot to cheeks. Glue nose to face. Use medium paintbrush handle end to dot eyes Lamp Black; add Titanium White highlight dots when dry.
  • 4. Fold 16" cord length in half and tie slip knot at center. Pull 10" silver wire length through knot and twist to secure at top of knot with both ends of wire even. Drill hole through top of ball knob to connect with hole coming from bottom flat end. Pull wire through head; twist to secure on top and trim ends. Thread 7" cord length through side holes for arms. Paint legs and arms Country Red. Push cords into feet and hands with drop of glue so 3-1/2" of legs and 1-3/4" of arms are visible. Trim ends and touch up with paint if needed. Glue hat over wire on top of head and pom-pom to hat.
  • 5. Use wire cutters to cut two 1/4"-long eyebrows from chenille stem; glue to face. For beard and mustache, use palette knife to apply decorative snow, leaving small opening for mouth. Paint beard and mustache Titanium White. Use angle shader to shade around fur trim and beard and mustache with Trail Tan. Use paintbrush handle end to dot buttons Lamp Black. Draw line around fur as shown.
  • Rudolph
  • 1. Use modeling compound to roll 2-3/16" balls; let dry. Print and cut out patterns. Cut ears from craft foam. Paint: head, body, and ears Milk Chocolate; hat Hauser Med. Green; pom-pom Titanium White; hooves (two 12mm beads and 2-1/2" pots) Lamp Black; nose Country Red.
  • 2. Fold 16" cord length in half and tie slip at center. Pull 10" silver wire length through knot and twist to secure at top of knot with both ends of wire even. Drill hole through top of ball knob to connect with hole coming from bottom flat end. Pull wire through head; twist to secure on top and trim ends. Thread 7" cord length through side holes for arms. Paint legs and arms Milk Chocolate. Push cords into hooves with a drop of glue so 3-1/2" of legs and 1-3/4" of arms are visible. Trim ends and touch up with paint if needed. Glue hat over wire on top of head and pom-pom to hat.
  • 3. Use #1 shader to dry brush cheeks Country Red. Lightly dry brush tops of cheeks Titanium White. Use spotter brush to add small Titanium White highlight dot to cheeks. Use Lamp Black to dot eyes; add Titanium White highlight dots when dry.
  • 4. Fit hat over top of head, marking antler placement; drill 1/16" holes. Twist brown wire antlers as shown; glue inside holes. Glue hat over top of head.
  • 5. Use angle shader to shade around bottom of body and ears with Dk. Chocolate. Draw details on bottom of body, mouth, and around hat brim as shown. For scarf, tie fabric strip around neck and trim ends.