Introduction: Tealight Bell Place Card Holder
This bell-shaped place card holder will add a light (pun intended) and festive touch to your holiday table!
Premo! polymer clay - silver (about 2 1/2 oz. for each bell)
Premo! polymer clay - red and green
Sculpey clay machine
Sculpey gloss glaze
1 tealight candle for each bell
metal paper clip
1 plain piece of paper
glass baking dish (for clay use only)
cookie rack (for clay use only)
oven mitt (for clay use only)
a large piece of acrylic or a smooth working surface
clay tools: needle end pointer, triangular blade, acrylic roller, flat blade
silver metallic acrylic craft paint (place card)
piece of cardstock (place card)
decorative scissors - paper edgers (place card)
red marker (place card)
regular pair of scissors
Step 1: Making Bell Pattern
Draw a 6" circle on a plain piece of paper.
Fold and cut the circle in half.
Use the half circle as the bell pattern.
Step 2: Prepare Polymer Clay
Set the Sculpey clay machine on #1 (thickest setting) and put approximately 2 1/2 ounces of Premo! silver clay into the machine.
Roll clay through machine until the piece of clay is smooth. It will be approximately 1/8" thick. (If you don't have a machine, roll clay out by hand using an acrylic roller.)
Step 3: Cut Out Pattern
Place bell pattern on top of the flat clay piece.
Using a flat or triangular blade, cut around the pattern.
Step 4: Creating Bell
Fold curved sides together to form a cone shape.
Using fingers, smooth the seam together.
Flatten point to form the top of bell.
Step 5: Shape Bell
With fingers inside the bell, gently push sides out to create a more rounded shape as shown. The bell will be approximately 2 1/2" tall and 2 3/4" wide.)
Check to make sure that the tealight fits comfortably under the bell.
Step 6: Adding Light Holes
Using a needle end pointer, pierce the clay and make circular motions until a clean hole is created (about 1/8 " in diameter.) Tip: To check for neat holes, occasionally place a lighted tealight candle under the bell.
Make a ring of holes around the bell and then continue making another row of holes, moving toward the top of the bell as shown.
Step 7: Add Paper Clip
Using the triangular blade, make a small slit in the top of the bell.
Gently push a paper clip through the top as shown.
Step 8: Make Holly Leaves
Roll out green clay and using the triangular blade, draw holly leaves (about 1 1/4" long).
Cut out holly leaves.
Make the veins of the holly leaves using the needle end pointer as shown.
Step 9: Adding Holly and Berries
Place the holly leaves on top of the bell.
Roll out small red balls for the berries and arrange as shown.
Step 10: Baking the Bell
Place the bell on a glass baking dish (used for clay only).
Bake at 275 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes.
Using a oven mitt, remove the glass dish and set on a cookie rack to cool.
Step 11: Glazing
Using a paintbrush, glaze the entire bell with Sculpey gloss glaze for a shiny finish.
Step 12: Making the Place Card
With the ruler and pencil, make a 3" x 2" rectangle for the place card. Cut out using decorative scissors.
Paint around the borders of the place card with silver metallic acrylic paint.
Use a red marker to write a name on the place card.
Step 13: Ready!
Turn on a tealight candle and put the bell in front of each place setting. Your guests will appreciate the personalized, welcoming touch.
These bells can also be used as ornaments. Just slip a thin red ribbon through the paper clip and hang. The lights from the Christmas tree will glimmer through the bell.
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