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Winter Wonderland Ornaments Part I

Welcome back.  I hope you are having a great weekend.  In order to get you back to your Sunday Funday quickly this will be a somewhat short post as this is a muli-part project and part II will be in a couple weeks.  I have to say I am REALLY excited about this project and the ACTIVA clay I've been playing with. 

I am making a number of fun shaped clay ornaments using the Black Plus Air Dry Clay from ACTIVA.  I have found this clay to be so very easy to work with.  For this project I basically treated the clay as I would cookie dough and rolled it out to my desired thickness (less than 1/4 - 1/2 inch depending on the size of the ornament) just like making sugar cookies using cookie cutters.  I used a cutting board that is reserved just for crafting and an old rolling pin.  I skipped the pictures on the early process as most of have probably rolled out cookie dough or watched our moms and grandmas make a batch.  Prior to cutting the shapes with my cookie cutters I grabbed a large swirl design rubber stamp and stamped right into the clay.  This Altered Pages Patonce Cross stamp would be beautiful.   
For my ornaments I used a large snow flake cutter and two different sized star shape cutters.  I also tried out a small Christmas light bulb shape cutter.  I used a wooden skewer to carefully make the hole for hanging purposes.  I had a ton of fun and just made a whole bunch of them. 
I can just imagine what these babies are going to look like after they are all completely dry when I will be able to paint them in beautiful metallics , add ribbons and trims, metal charm embellishments, beads and crystals.  The possibilities are endless. 
   
In this picture below they done are sitting pretty waiting to dry.  They should be ready by tomorrow morning and I will start the final beautification process!  
Once they are all done and prettied up they will be perfect for tying on packages as an extra gift, a great homemade teacher gift and mostly likely at least a few will stay right here with us and hang on our tree for years to come.  I will document the final stages in my next post on December 18th.  I am planning on having my kiddos get in on that part and these will definitely be signed and dated by Jake and Gabby on the back.   
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Thanks for stopping by!
Stephanie



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