Archive | November 2014

Do you wanna build a snowman?

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I know, I know, but I HAD to say it….it just goes with this tutorial. 🙂

I found these adorable little glass ball ornaments last year, and they were just begging to have clay added to them somehow to make them even cuter.

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It took me a while to figure out how to add the clay so that it would stay on. Finally did, so here goes the tutorial.

The trick is to first attach an eye pin to the hook on the ball. This will give the clay something to hold onto to make it stay.

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Now form a ball of clay (I like to use sparkle white for snowmen), and slide it over the eye pin and press it onto the hook.

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Next, roll out a log for the arms, and wrap it around the silver part of the ornament. Flatten the back part onto the silver.

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For the scarf I just swirled 2 colors together, rolled it out into a log and then flattened with a roller.

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Cut the size you want and wrap it around your snowman’s neck. Make sure you use the scarf to cover the silver in the front. Like so:

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For his hat, make a triangle shape, and with your thumb, hollow out the inside.

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Slide the hat over the end of the pin and form it where you want it on his head. I like to tilt the tip over to add a little more to the cute factor. 🙂

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I used a small rope of green to make a brim around the hat.

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Use a toothbrush on the brim to add a little texture. Kinda makes it look fuzzy. (See, you really can use just about anything with clay!)

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Put a little pom-pom on the tip of his hat. I added texture to that as well with the toothbrush.

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A couple beads for eyes,

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and a little cutter for making his smile, (hmm, is that called irony when you use a snowman cutter to make a smile on a snowman? lol)

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and a small piece of orange in a triangular shape for his nose.

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Aww, he’s looking adorable!

I used some blush and a q-tip to add rosy cheeks.

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Add a few little details, like some holly for his hat,

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and a fringe on the ends of his scarf. (I did that with my stylus)

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Then bake. I think this guy was in the oven for about 45 minutes. I baked him still attached to the ball so that he would keep his shape.

Once he’s done and cooled off, trim the eye pin down a bit, make a hook, and add a jump ring for the ribbon.

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Now, because clay won’t stay stuck to glass by itself, you can wiggle the top a little until it’s loose and then just pop it off. Because of the eye pin, the snowman is securely attached to the silver part.

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Dollar Tree has these bags of fake snow which are perfect for our frozen friend.

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Fill the ball up, reattach the top, tie on a ribbon and…..Tada!! 😀

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These are the 3 I’ve made so far. I added the year to his hat (just used a Sharpie), and a name onto his stomach (with paint pens). Feel free to use different names than mine, LOL. These 3 are for my boys to go on our tree at the end of this week.

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So there you go! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Happy claying & Merry Christmas!

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