Polymer Clay Christmas Tree Ornaments from Scrap Clay

Posted on December 19, 2013 in Tutorials by Katie Oskin

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Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Christmas Tree Ornaments Tutorial by KatersAcres

I like to use up my scraps when I can and these past several weeks I have been so busy in my studio that I have had lots and lots of scraps. So … when scraps take over your work surface, find something cute and fun to do with them.

Caned Poinsettia Flowers by KatersAcresPerhaps the most scraps I’ve generated in one day was the day I took to make the caned Poinsettia pins. I had two huge logs of scraps probably equivalent to about 1/3 block of clay each. WOWSERS! So I had to do something with them.  While I haven’t ventured into using the red scrap log yet, I did use up all of the green scrappy log …

Caned Poinsettia Flowers Tutorial Here:

Part 1 * Part 2 * Part 3

Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

  • Christmas Tree Ornaments Tutorial by KatersAcresGather up all your green scraps.
  • Marble them together using your pasta machine.
  • Roll out your clay slab on the 2nd largest setting of your pasta machine.
  • Using 3 different sized circle cutters, cut big, medium, & small rounds from your sheet.
  • Use a knitting needle to insert holes into your rounds (they do not need to be perfectly centered, in fact they are cuter if they are not).
  • Use a stamp or another kind of texture tool to give some texture to your rounds.
  • Bake at 275 degrees for 45-60 minutes, covered with foil to prevent scorching.
  • When they are completely cool, paint the textured side of your rounds with white acrylic paint.
  • Allow it to set just a minute or so and remove access paint with a wet wipe, leaving behind the paint deep in the texture.
  • When you have done this to all your beads, seal them with a clear coat of varnish.
  • Once the varnish is dry to the touch, place them back in the oven at 200 degrees for about 15 minutes to harden the varnish and super-seal the rounds.
  • Now simply string up your beads onto 18 gauge wire.
  • Add additional elements using seed beads, base metals, sterling, or any other findings you have on hand.
  • When all your pieces are on, bend the metal to make little “hooks” that your trees can hang from.

Thanks for joining me today,

Happy Claying,

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2 Comments for this entry
Karenlee
January 5, 2014
03:27

Hello,I would like to tell you that I just love getting your emails and learning how to work with my polymer clay.I read this in my emails I received on the 12-12 2013 and it said “Coming next week … details for the next FREE year long tutorial series. It’s going to be another great year of fun & claying” Could you please tell me where I got to sign up for this year long free tutorials…Kindest regards….

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Katie
January 5, 2014
22:13

Hi Karenlee!

Thanks for asking. The person who I am doing the year long project with and I decided that we needed to get more “ducks” in a row so to speak. So the announcement will be in September/October 2014 for a HUGE 2015 project with a big polymer clay superstar artist!

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