Friday, 26 August 2011

Fete Produce - 3 - Hanging Christmas Decoration


COMPLETION 1 hour plus drying time
makes about 16 decorations


quantity of air dry clay - white - 500g
cookie cutter - Christmas tree, star, angel
knitting needle or  similar pointed instrument
flat tray
paint if desired
ribbon to hang
two doilies with a semi open  pattern
rolling pin
fine sandpaper

Take approximately 1/4  portion of clay and roll out with rolling pin to about 3mm thickness
position a doily on a flat surface
Lay clay on top of doily taking note of surface that will be imprinted by pattern on doily
Lay second doily on top of clay. Clay is sandwiched between 2 doilies

Run rolling pin over clay a couple of times to imprint surface being careful not to drag doily, clay should be about 2mm thick
lift upper doily
Press in cookie cutter shape on desired  area of pattern. Lift clay and other doily, then remove doily and excess clay
Place shape on tray. Use needle to make hole for hanging ribbon

remove cookie cutter shape. Repeat process until all clay is used up.
Allow to dry. Clean edges with sandpaper
My decoration took a week to dry as the weather was very wet and there was lots of moisture in the air

If left over clay,cling wrap with plastic film to maintain moisture until next use

Paint decoration as desired and hang with decorative ribbon

Well done.

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