This stamped-clay Christmas ornament is so easy, your kids could make it. Really.
For this ornament I used polymer clay.
Just roll out the polymer clay to about ¼” thickness. I used my clay machine set to #1 to roll it out.
You will want to make sure not to get any air bubbles in the clay as you roll it out. When using the clay machine, I put the fold in first each time so no air gets trapped. Not sure if that’s the correct way to keep out air bubbles, or not, but it seems to work for me.
If you don’t have a clay machine you can use a rolling-pin. Just be sure it is dedicated to crafts because you don’t want to contaminate your food! Hello!
After your clay is rolled out, place your clay sheet on wax paper with a little corn starch rubbed onto the paper. This way the clay can easily be moved to your baking sheet without disturbing the shape of the clay.
Next, dip your stamp into some corn starch. This will keep it from getting stuck in the clay, and will release nicely.
With medium firmness, press your stamp into the clay. If you press too hard the stamp will push all the way through to the other side of the clay. Also, if you press too lightly the image will not show up enough in the clay. You will have to play around with this step a little, until you get a feel for how hard you need to press down.
Next, cut out the clay into your desired shape, around the stamped image. I used a bendable metal ruler and it worked nicely.
(Seriously! Whose old-woman hands keep showing up in my pictures!?)
With a tooth pick, poke a hole in the top of the ornament so you can attach a bow later.
Move the ornament to a foil lined baking sheet, and bake at the suggested baking time and temp on the manufacture package. I used Fimo, and the time and temp was 230° for 30 minutes for ¼” thickness.
After the clay had baked. I let it sit out for about a day to give it time to finish curing. I don’t know if you really have to wait that long, but I just felt better about it, mmkay?
When the ornament is done curing you will want to sand down any rough edges and smooth out any bubbles that might have appeared during baking. I used a medium-grit sponge sanding block. I like the block because I feel like I can control it better than just regular sandpaper. Just my 2¢.
Next, go to a well ventilated area, like your garage (with the garage door up, of course), or outside. Place your ornament into a box and spray a nice even coat of primer on both front and back and allow it to dry.
Then spray an even coat of spray paint on the back side of the ornament. Allow it to dry for about 30 minutes. Flip it over and spray the front and allow it to dry. Spray the front and back again, giving the ornament at least 2 coats of paint. After the last coat of paint, let the ornament dry 24 hours allowing time for the paint to cure.
To bring out the stamped image and to age the ornament a bit, brush black paint into the ridges and then quickly wipe off with a wet paper towel.
Add a bow and you’re done! Easy peasy!
Hang it on a tree and enjoy your new beauty!
Or, give it as a gift. (If you’re nice and don’t want to keep it all to yourself like I did.) *ahem* You can make several at a time if you plan on giving lots of gifts for teachers or neighbors, or co-workers, or whoever…
I just love Christmas time, don’t you?
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