Tutorial: Clay Snowman Ornament

Make a polymer clay Christmas ornament celebrating a snowman's first and last holiday in Arizona.
This project was completely pin-spired. When I saw this fused glass ornament, I had a little giggle and imagined it is exactly what would happen to any snowman that visited Tucson. It would be Frosty's first and last holiday in Arizona.

While I had all of my clay crafting tools out to make clay snowflake ornaments, I couldn't resist building a little "Arizona Snowman" ornament.



When working with polymer clay, remember take off your rings and protect your work surface. I like to use parchment paper.

Draw a 1-inch and a 1 1/2-inch diameter circle on paper and cut them out. Roll out a piece of black clay on the thickest setting of the clay conditioner or to about 1/8 inch with a rolling pin.

Place the paper circles on the clay and cut around them by using an awl to "trace" through the clay. Be careful not to press to hard and damage your work surface.

Tip: If you don't have an awl, a toothpick or bamboo skewer would also work.
It's okay if your circles aren't perfect. This isn't exactly Frosty's finest hour.
Stack the small circle on top of the larger circle to make the snowman's hat.
Cut a 1 1/2 inch circle from white clay in the same manner to make the head. Place the hat on the head as shown.
Roll out a piece of white clay on the thickest setting to make a square that's approximately 4 1/2-inches on each side.
Set the snowman's hat/head in the corner of the clay square at least 1/2-inch from the edges.
Use your awl to cut out Frosty's poor, melted body.
Use a straw to make a hole in the clay where you will attach the hanger.
With your finger, gently press the clay around the snowman's head to round out the edges and attach it to the body.
Press around the hat and the edge of the body in the same way.
With a small piece of orange clay, make a little carrot nose and press it on to the snowman's face.
Make 5 small balls with black clay. Flatten them slightly and press two onto the face for eyes and three onto the body for buttons.
Finally, make two brown clay stick arms and press them onto the body.

Bake the clay according to the package instructions.
After your ornament has baked and completely cooled tie a ribbon through the hole and frosty is ready to hang on the tree.

Poor Frosty! It was his first and last Christmas in Arizona.



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The Chilly Dog: Tutorial: Clay Snowman Ornament
Tutorial: Clay Snowman Ornament
Make a polymer clay Christmas ornament celebrating a snowman's first and last holiday in Arizona.
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