Instructables

Snowflake Christmas ornament

Picture of Snowflake Christmas ornament
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When made with paper clay, this snowflake is lighter than it looks!

Tools:

ball-point pen
toothpick
rolling pin
circular cookie cutter
oven
small knife
paintbrush

Materials:

1 package white oven bake (e.g. FIMO or Sculpey) clay 
1 package air-drying clay (e.g. paper clay)
acrylic paint
matte glaze
ribbon


Step 1: Using the oven-bake clay, make a mold for the snowflake (as shown in the second photo) by rolling out and cutting out a 1/4" (6mm) thick circle, and pressing with a ball-point pen or other stylus into the clay to make a snowflake design. Bake in the oven according to the directions on the package.

Step 2: Roll out the air-drying clay to about 1/4" (6mm). Press the mold face-down into the air-drying clay, hard enough to transfer the snowflake pattern. Remove the mold and use the cookie cutter to cut out the ornament. Poke a hole near, but not too near, the top with the toothpick. Check as the ornament is drying to make sure it dries flat (just press it down a bit if it gets a little wiggly).

Step 3: Once the ornament is dry, mix together some paint and glaze until the paint is runny. This is so that when you paint the background, the paint fills in around the raised portion and leaves it white. Paint the background, let it dry, and attach the ribbon.