With the hustle and bustle of the holidays this festive Snowman wreath ornament it telling you to hang in there and enjoy the holidays with your love ones.
Swirly Designs by Lianne and Paul Stoddard www.swirlydesigns.comCLAYS USED:
premo! Sculpey Pomegranite 2 oz package
premo! Sculpey Accents Bright Green Pearl, Green Glitter, Peacock Pearl, Twinkle Twinkle, White Gold Glitter 2 oz package each
Sculpey Ultra Light clay 1/2 package
Jewelry wire cutter and pliers; Green 20 gauge wire; White masking tape; 1/4" size Circle cutter; 1/2" size Circle cutter; ¾ size Oval cutter; 2 ¼ Round glass or circle cutter; red felt; red wax twine; Paint Acrylics: White, Black, Red, Orange, Gold & Dark Green
Getting StartedPolymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Making the Wreath armatureUse the wire cutter to cut a 12” piece of 20 gauge green wire. Take the wire and holding the ends with both hands cross the wire to create a ¼ loop in the middle. Use the jewelry pliers to twist the loop around wire few times. Wrap the wire around a 2 ¼" circle object (a jar, glass, circle cookie cutter) to form the circle wreath shape. Wrap the extra wire around the circle shape and cover the piece with masking tape.
Cover the wreath armatureTake a piece of Bright Green pearl clay, condition it and cover your wreath armature everywhere except for the loop. Use clay knife to create lines to give the wreath texture.Set aside.
Making the Holly leaves and berriesMix some Bright Green Pearl, Green Glitter and a little Peacock Pearl for the holly leaf color. You want the color to be a few shades darker then the wreath base color so the holly leaves will pop. Take your mixed clay and run it through the clay-conditioning machine on the #5 setting. Take the ¼ round cutter and create circle in clay forming holly shapes in the negative space (see image) make enough to cover your wreath. Then pop out the holly leaf and use your clay knife to create the holly leaf veins. Add berries to the wreath by rolling little balls out of the pomegranate color clay and adding the around the wreath.
Bake your wreath according to the directions in Step 1. We prefer to bake on a smooth tile.
Making the Snowman
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