Hello!  I am so happy to be here on the Design Squad Blog!

 

I really enjoyed Patti's post about her family Christmas tree.  It was fun to see the photos of her many polymer clay ornaments from over the years.   I thought I would continue on the ornament theme as I am getting ready for a craft fair and making lots of ornaments myself.  I would love to share a couple with you.

 

I would like to mention first that my favorite medium to go along with polymer clay is acrylic paints.  I love to paint!

Using paint allows me to add details to my projects that I really would have a hard time achieving using all clay.

One thing about painting on your projects though is that they always need to be coated afterwards with some gloss

or satin sealer.  If you don't do this then the paint can scrape off over time.

 

Here are a couple of ornaments inspired by the chilly winds of winter that we experience here in Maine.  I love coming

in from the cold and warming up with a nice cup of hot cocoa with marshmellows!

                                                                                                

Making the mittens is simple and fun.  I made a mitten template out of card stock and cut it out.  I rolled my clay

through my clay machine on the #1 setting and then cut out a pair of mittens.  I put a hole at the top of each.  Using

a toothpick or tool I made some indentations at the top for texture.  Once baked I painted my designs and then coated

them with Sculpey gloss.  After, I strung the pair together using jewelry wire and beads.

 

For the hot cocoa mugs I rolled a cylinder of clay about 1/2" to 3/4" and cut a small mug shape.  I made a short snake

for the handle and cut to size and attached.   I indented the top so that I could add some Brown clay for the hot cocoa.

To make the marshmellows I made a snake of white and cut little chunks for the marshmellows.  Add a little wire

loop to the center of your marhsmellows and bake.  Now you can paint your designs from simple polka dots to wreaths, trees, candy canes etc…   Have fun!

 

Stay tuned for news on the craft fair.  It is keeping me really busy getting ready.   I will share with you how it goes

and perhaps give some insight on participating in a craft fair.   In the meantime happy claying!!!