1. A clay gun with a shape
disk of medium size. (I used the triangle one and
the medium round shapes)
2. Polymer Clay - any type will work, any color
that you like and enough to fill the clay gun
3/4's full for each ornament)
3. TLS = Translucent Liquid Sculpey
4. Disposable cup, plastic spoon and toothpicks
for working with TLS
5. Acrylic craft paint (I used gold for the
6. Paint brush
7. Pearl-ex powder (I used Blue/Green Duo color)
8. A Tile for working on and baking on
10. Glitter Glue (I used Elmer's Squeeze
Creations in Red, Blue and Gold)
Condition your clay and fill the clay gun 3/4
full. Using a disk with medium sized hole,
extrude the entire contents of the clay gun.
On your tile, form pleasing shapes that have
closed areas that can be filled in with TLS.
***Don't forget to form a loop for hanging at the
top of each shape. Cut the excess clay strand
neatly. Press to cut end to the ornament to
attach it securely without squishing it!
The pinecone is just a big squiggle that gets
smaller as you go down and is then pushed up to
close the loops. The round one is a loose
concentric spiral where all the loops touch at
the top and in the teardrop we will add a
filigree shape that "floats"in the
In a small cup add about 2 teaspoons of TLS and a
squirt of gold acrylic paint (this isn't rocket
science so add enough paint to get the color that
you want. I just squirted some in and it looked
good to me!) Mix thoroughly. You will notice that
it thickens a bit once you add the paint.
from Sunni: oil paints, Pearlex, pulvers,
eye-makeup and other powders are all media you
can use to color TLS.]
This is the tricky part! Get that TLS paint
mixture into the loops of the pinecone without
making a big mess! :-D I plopped some in with the
paintbrush and then spread it into the corners
with a toothpick. Fill the loops almost to the
top for a neat "puffy" look! ***Do NOT
fill in your loop for hanging!!!
For the Teardrop, make sure your filigree shape
is well centered and paint around it with TLS
straight from the jar. About 2 coats, one right
after the other, is about right. If it's too thin
it will be too fragile, and if it's too thick you
lose some of the translucency. (Again, it's not
an exact science here so don't sweat the small
stuff!) You can also paint the whole teardrop
interior with TLS first and then add the filigree
piece. Either way is ok!
For the Round shape, paint in some TLS as in
Step 6, and then dip your brush into
some Pearl-ex powder and swirl in some color! Do
as much or as little as you like!
Step 8. Decorate
your ornaments with some Glitter Glue! I
decorated on the raw clay and then baked. The
Glitter Glue hardens up and doesn't peel off so
easily that way! I made little dots along the
edges of the Teardrop and Round shapes and for
the Pinecone I traced inside each loop with gold.
***Don't make the Glitter Glue too thick or else
it will bubble in the oven!
Bake your ornaments on the tile at 275 degrees
for 15 minutes (or whatever temp. is recommended
for your clay). Let them cool down and then
GENTLY slide your blade underneath to release
them from the tile. TA DAAAAA! They're done!
In this last picture
are the completed ornaments along with several
other different shapes that I've made. Be
creative! Almost any shape with closed areas for
filling with TLS will do! For the translucent
ones, be sure to position them on your tree with
a christmas light directly behind each one. They
look totally awesome that way! Enjoy!
from Sunni: If you bake your ornaments on a piece
of glass instead of tile, you can also stick them
right on a window as a window cling.]