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These little cauldron place card holders are a fun Halloween decoration for spooky dinner parties. They are made from polymer clay and can be customized with different colors or patterns of potion. The cauldrons themselves can be made from a variety of metallic colors to match your theme.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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To make each place card holder, you'll need:
  • Aluminum foil (about 4" off a standard roll)
  • Stiff wire -- I used 10 gauge copper wire but you can use floral stems or other wire
  • Needlenose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Polymer Clay in the color of your choice to be the "potion" -- about 1/8th of a 2oz block
  • Black Polymer Clay -- about 1/4th of a 2oz block
  • A thin pointy object such as the pointed end of a small craft paint brush or the point of a chopstick
  • A thin, smooth rod, such as a screwdriver, to wrap the wire around when creating your card holding loop

Step 2: The Core and the Wire

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First, make a foil core. It's possible to use polymer clay to serve as the core but I didn't want to waste clay. Create the core by simply wadding up your foil into a ball. Don't press it too tightly. You want the ball to be about 1.25" across. Then press the ball down on two sides to create a flattened disk. The disk should be about 1/2" thick. Poke a hole in the center of your disk. You can use the end of your wire to do this but I used a toothpick.

Cut a 6" length of wire. Using pliers, make a rough loop in one end and then bend the wire at a 90 degree angle to the loop. This way, when the loop is laying flat on a surface, the wire is sticking straight up in the air.

Pull the straight length of wire through the hole so the loop acts as a stopper at the other end.

mstyle1832 years ago
good luck... nice idea
sunshiine3 years ago
Very clever!