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Use as ornaments on your tree, your gift, or yourself!. Attach tree hangers, pins, magnets - wherever you want them to visit!

Gather up the holiday color clays and lets get started.
 
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Step 1: Where do I start and what do I need?

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Supplies Needed:

Polymer Clay
White
Green
Red
Black
Flesh color
Silver - optional
Gold - optional

Wire for looped hangers
Christmas cutters
Super Glue
Modge Podge or other Finish

Nice to have:
Clay machine
Clay tools
Parchment paper to work on
Embellishments for designs
Texture plates

Step 2: Prepare the clay.

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Never attempt to mix clays from different vendors.

You need to take small pieces of clay and knead them until they are pliable. Some clay blocks which have some age to them or have not been stored properly can harden somewhat and be difficult to manipulate.

http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/shop/softening_pc.htm

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s a link to a wonderful site that gives great information on softening hardened clay.

Step 3: Let's get started.

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I will show in detail how to make/decorate the Christmas stocking, Santa face, and Snowman Face. The rest of the items pictured should be made in a similar fashion and just follow the embellishments I have on them – or use your own ideas.

You can use these for Christmas tree hangers, glue a pin to the back for a holiday pin, glue a magnet for the refrigerator or file cabinet, with a looped hanger on it you can also use it to decorate gift bows.

Step 4: Start rolling the clay.

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If you use a pasta/clay rolling machine, roll a layer of clay at the #7 setting (.0065 thick). Then fold it in half achieving a 1/4" thickness.

If you're rolling by hand, roll out a layer approximately 1/4" thick. 

Step 5: Use a texture plate if you wish.

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I used a texture plate to create a “fuzzy” type of texture.

You can use other items to create textures also. You can impress the weave from a cloth into the clay. You can use a straw to create circles. Cut the straw in half to make half circles. Let your imagination go on what can make different textures on your clay.

Put the texture plate on the clay and roll the texture on.

Cut the stocking shape out of the textured clay.
poofrabbit2 years ago
Awe so fun!!! These would also make great seasonal magnets!
Thank you Poofrabbit (Love your name). Yes they would. They could also be used as decorations on a pretty Christmas bow on a gift. They could be strung on a necklace or have a pin glued to the back to be a holiday pin.

They were such fun to make and kids would enjoy decorating them. They look like little cookies - but no calories!