Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tutorial: Personalized Ornament
This Tuesday Tutorial is from Makin's Clay to create a personalized Christmas ornament with air-dry clay. Makin's Clay and a few other brands are
available pre-colored, but you can use use just about any brand of air-dry clay for this project and pre-tint it yourself (or paint it afterwards).
The most frequently used coloring agents are acrylic paints and cake decorating colorants (the paste, not food coloring drops). Just add a bit of colorant into a ball of clay and knead it til color is blended. Not much colorant is needed. Inks and oil paints and other coloring agents can also be used. Do a test sample with whatever you have on hand!
This tutorial calls for you to cut out a shape in the first step....but Makin's doesn't seem to provide a pattern for that. Solution: Just use a flattened sheet of clay as the base for your figures and trim around the shape afterwards. The chisel and mallet tools called for can be substituted with a knife or end of a straw and rounded end of a paint brush. Brightly colored wire might make a great substitute for the hanging ribbon!
Hope you enjoy! This could make a great gift or make one for your own family! ;-) More holiday ornament tutorials can be found in our ADC Tutorial Directory (which is in the process of being totally re-done!).