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Tutorial: Clay Snowflake Ornaments

Make it a white Christmas with DIY clay snowflake ornaments.It's always fun to participate in events with other bloggers, so when I saw that Erlene from My Pinterventures was hosting a 2015 Christmas Ornament Exchange, I jumped at the opportunity to participate.

I'm exchanging ornaments with Pili from My Sweet Things. Like me, she lives in a temperate climate, so I decided to make her a clay snowflake ornament to give her a little bit of a white Christmas. (Here's a peek at the ornament Pili made for me).

Many thanks to Endless Leather for providing the gorgeous red leather cord I used in this tutorial.

Materials



Directions


When I'm working with polymer clay, I like to protect my work surface with a sheet of parchment paper. I also make sure to take off my rings so they don't get gunked up.

Start by tracing the large, round cookie cutter onto a piece of paper and cutting out the paper circle. Cut out the circle and fold it into quarters to mark the center of the circle.
Roll out a piece of clay so it is between 1/8 and 1/4 inch. Use the cookie cutter to cut a circle.
Place the paper circle over the clay circle and use a pin to pierce the paper and mark the center of the clay circle. You don't need to go all the way through the clay.
Use the flower cutter at the center of the circle. The pin mark makes it easier to center the flower cutter.
Next, use the diamond cutter to make six diamonds around the flower. The diamond points should be aligned between the petals of the flower.
Cut a teardrop between each diamond.
And finally, cut two triangles between each teardrop.

To finish, bake the clay according to the package directions. After the clay has cooled, cut a 10 inch length of leather cord. Knot the ends and attach it to the ornament.
And now, my snowflake ornament is all wrapped up and on it's way to Mallorca to spread a little holiday cheer!

Make it a white Christmas with DIY clay snowflake ornaments.

Of course one ornament tutorial is nice, but you don't want to miss the other beautiful ornaments that were shared today:





Happy Holidays!


16 comments:

  1. This is such a pretty ornament. and i feel like it would look beautiful on any tree, regardless of the theme These would also be a lovely take-home for a Christmas party as well as for traditional gifting.What a lovely way to use Sculpey -- I definitely heart this! I loved participating in the ornament exchange, and I know your recipient is going to love this snowflake!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. The first ornament turned out so nice that I decided to make a blizzard of these snowflakes, all with different designs, as gifts for my annual holiday hooplah :)

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  2. Very nice! I love the intricate details! I am participating in the ornament exchange too and I love seeing everyone's ideas. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Pam. Sometimes I get kind of Grinchy during the holidays, but the ornament exchange has been so inspiring!

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  3. Gorgeous! I'm totally putting the clay cutters on my craft wish list. I'm going to make some of these for my own tree.

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    1. I love my little clay cutters. They are also great for making clay charms for jewelry and they come int tons of cute little shapes.

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  4. These are lovely! The details are amazing. I'm enjoying seeing all the wonderful ornaments being exchange.

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    1. Thanks. It has been great seeing everyone's creativity! What a fun event.

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  5. Wow !! I really like how you used the mini cutters to create the snowflake. I should try this technique some day :)

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    1. Thanks, Sahana. I like how easy it was to use the mini cutters. Although I will admit, it took a little practice to get everything evenly spaced.

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  6. Hi there - you have been so good about visit everyone's ornament posts, so I made sure to drop by to see yours! What a beautiful job, so elegant yet rustic looking. I bet kids would love to make one of these too, gives them some creative freedom to use the cutters to cut out shapes as they please. Are the cutters very sharp or are they just the same as cookie cutters? Pinned and sharing! :)

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    1. This would be fun for the kids. The cutters are pretty much the same as regular cookie cutters, just smaller. Thanks for sharing and happy crafting!

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  7. I love these and I think I have all the necessary materials! I'm gonna give it a try.

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  8. Your ornament is so clever and cute! I would leave it hanging in a window year round.
    Have a wonderful day.

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  9. This is so pretty! I love how sculptural it is!

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