Hey everyone, thank you so much for stopping by today. I am going to share with you all a tutorial on how to use texture fades to emboss clay and to use that clay to create some really fun Halloween ornaments. Okay, those of you who know me, know that creating ornaments is by far one of my most favorite things in the world to create. Add in the fact that it's Halloween only makes these that much more fun to create. I just adore working with clay, and these new Zig Zag and Batground texture fades from Tim Holtz are absolutely, hands down....PERFECT for this project. So I created for you an embossed Moon along with an embossed Bat and below I will show you how I created these. I hope you enjoy!
Next is the Bat ornament with a small bat attached at the bottom. I used the Batground texture fade for this ornament and I gotta tell you, I really don't know which one I like better. They were both so much fun to make.
I covered them all with glitter...
and aged each of them with antiquing medium.
These might be my most favorite Halloween ornaments yet...
Some may say I went a little crazy, but honestly....who wouldn't want a tree full of these fun clay ornaments. So let me show you just how I made them.
Gather the supplies you will need: a non-stick pad, (I have a committed Silpat for crafts), the Batground and Zig Zag texture fades by Tim Holtz, an acrylic roller, an assortment of oven bake clay, (I prefer Sculpey), wire (19 gauge), large bat, half moon and mini-bat cookie cutters, antiquing medium, (Folk Art) paper towels, sponge brush, chunky glitter, spray adhesive, needle nose pliers, jump rings and wire cutters and a toothbrush.
I'm going to show you how I created the large bat ornament. Using the same technique, you'll be able to create the moon yourself. Begin first by rolling out white clay to a width of about 1/4 inch, using your acrylic roller.
Next place the clay into the embossing folder.
Then roll over the folder using your roller, you do not need to press too hard.
Gently roll back and forth for a few seconds....
Then remove your embossed clay and lay it out. Lay your bat cookie cutter on top and press out the image.
Cut a small piece of wire, bend it around a small pencil and snip with wire cutters.
Insert the hanger into the top of the bat, and another for underneath, if you want to hang a smaller bat from under the big one. Continue till you have added hangers to all of your ornaments.
Then you are going to bake the ornaments in your oven. Follow the recommended times for your specific clay, but for Sculpey, it's usually 275 degrees for 30 minutes for every 1/4" of clay. I baked mine for about 45 minutes. Take them out of the oven and set aside to cool.
Now comes the fun, messy part. Using an antiquing medium and a foam brush, generously apply medium over the entire surface of the ornament, front and back, along the sides, etc...
Apply till the ornament is completely covered. It will look something like this....
Then using paper towels, remove as much of the medium as you can, and what you are left with is this amazing detail and a seriously distressed piece.
Attach the smaller bat to the larger one using a jump ring and some needle nose pliers.
Then spray the front lightly with adhesive and dip into coarse glitter, shaking off the excess, and using an dedicated toothbrush to brush off any extra.
Add a handmade wire hanger to the top and voila! You are finished.
Create as many as you'd like, and you will be all set for Halloween!
I certainly hope you enjoyed my tutorial today, and I hope I've inspired you to create a few of these fun ornaments for yourself.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!!