Step 1: Supplies
- 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
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.
Step 3: Potion
Bake this at the temperature and time specified by your brand of polymer clay, in a glass baking pan. I line the bottom of my baking pan with paper.
This potion layer can be varied many ways. I've swirled clay, added glitter, added tiny seed beads to serve as bubbles--it's really open to a lot of variety.
Step 4: Forming the Cauldron
Form the larger clump of clay into a ball and flatten it into a disk until it's about twice as wide as the foil disk. Place the foil piece, wire sticking up, in the center of the black clay. Work the black clay up and around the foil piece, as shown. Pull the clay around the sides of the top and smooth the top edge. Then press the clay to taper away from this edge and create the flared top of the cauldron.
Step 5: Embellishing the Cauldron
To create the handles on the sides, divide the remaining clay in two. Roll each section into a ball and flatten slightly. Press the end of a paintbrush or chopsitck into the the center of one disk and then, keeping the point in the clay, place it against the side of the cauldron and press the point in slightly to secure the handles. Pull away the point. Repeat to create a handle for the other side.
Step 6: Looping the Loop
Bend around 2" of the end of the wire over at a 90 degree angle. Then wrapped the folded-over end around a screwdriver to make it nice and round and tight. The last part is the hardest to wrap but I found it simpler to simply trim the wire down so that I had two full and one partial loop. The card can be inserted between the first and second loops.