Thursday, December 06, 2007

Make your own keepsake ornaments

I have decided that I am going to make some ornaments for the tree this year, and that got me to thinking. You have seen those advertisements for keepsake ornaments that help you commemorate special events from the year, right? How about creating your own keepsake ornaments? Rather to be used for your own tree or given to someone for their tree it is a wonderful craft for the holiday for anyone that loves using polymer clay.

I like to make things with polymer clay to help ease the pain in the joints of my hands, so even if you have never tried using it before you might consider working with some clay and seeing what you can create.

A friend of mine found some wonderful air drying clay that she insists I have to find and try because it is a no-mess clay that she says dries beautifully.

Not sure what to make? Start out with something such as a teddy bear or a rag doll. Maybe make a toy jack in the box or a Santa's sack? If you feel really artistic you can make a few little elves, or just create a snowman.

A metal hanger in the top of the figure helps them hang and you can use aluminum foil as a base for the bulkier parts so that your clay dries more evenly when you bake or dry it.

Try a few simple things out and see what you think of it. A good oven bake clay is Sculpy, which can be bought in larger sizes for low cost and is easily painted after it is dried in the oven. Sculpy is also a lot softer than other clays I have used, so it does not require the conditioning that other clays require before you can use it. For clays such as Fimo I find it is best to warm them against your body for a few minutes to make them more pliable.

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