Beaded Polymer Clay Snowflake Ornament

Beautiful snowflake ornaments that you can make from polymer clay.

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Project by Maria Del Pinto.

Materials and Tools:

3 oz. pkg. Kato polymer clay: translucent
eight 4mm clear AB faceted diamond-shape crystals
four 4mm faceted round silver crystals
10ss and 16ss clear Swarovski Austrian crystal flat iron-on rhinestones
7.5mm AB side-drilled teardrop crystals
8mm, 10mm, 12mm blue glass beads
5mm silver jump rings
1/2" silver eye pins
1" silver head pin
silver sun charm
22- and 16-gauge silver wire
Stampendous ultrafine jewel glitter: sky blue, blue, silver
Kato NuBlade
Kato Marks’it tool
snowflake cookie cutter set
Stampabilities "curls" rubber stamp *
Loew-Cornell soft natural-hair mop brush
needle nose pliers with wire cutter
round nose pliers
pasta machine
clay-dedicated toaster oven
ceramic tile or oven safe dish
paper plate or tray
wax paper
cyanoacrylate super-strength adhesive (super glue)

* or other deeply etched stamp

Stamped impression on rear
Alternative designs

Steps:

1. To make crystal dangles: Using the 22-gauge silver wire, cut one 1-3/4-inch wire. Using round nose pliers, bend the wire into a circle of about 1/4 inch at one end of the wire. Load a 4mm silver crystal, a 10mm glass bead, followed by a 4mm silver crystal onto wire. Be sure to leave enough wire to form a loop on the open end (trim off any excess wire). (This is segment A.)

2. Onto the silver head pin, load a 4mm clear AB crystal, 12mm glass bead, followed by a 4mm clear AB crystal onto wire. Trimming off any excess wire, be sure to leave enough wire to form a loop on the open end. Using a silver jump ring, attach this dangle to segment A. Set aside.

3. Using the 22-gauge silver wire, cut one 2-inch piece. Using round nose pliers, bend the wire into a circle of about 1/4 inch at one end of the wire. Load a 4mm silver crystal, 4mm clear AB crystal, a 12mm glass bead, 4mm clear AB crystal, followed by a 4mm silver crystal onto wire. Trimming off any excess wire, be sure to leave enough wire to form a loop on the open end. (This is segment B.)

4. To create the silver hanger, take a piece of corkboard and place some tacks on it in a pleasing pattern. Bend a piece of 16-gauge silver wire around the tacks to create a pattern for the hanger. Be sure to add the beads before bending the wire. Then using the round nose pliers, make a loop at the beginning and the end of the wire. Using the needle nose pliers, attach to segment B. Set aside.

5. Precondition all the clay thoroughly before using. Cut clay into thin slices and run it through the pasta machine until pliable. Using the thickest setting on the pasta machine, roll out a sheet of translucent clay. Lay on wax paper.

6. Using the cookie cutters, cut a large and a small snowflake out of the translucent. Place aside.

7. Cut a large snowflake and carefully place the larger snowflake onto a paper plate or tray. Using the mop brush, gently brush the sky blue glitter onto the clay. The tray should catch any excess glitter. Then using fingertips, gently rub the glitter into the clay until the surface is smooth.

8. Cut another large snowflake and carefully place onto clean paper plate or tray. Using the mop brush, gently brush the blue glitter onto the clay. Then using fingertips, gently rub the glitter into the clay until the surface is smooth. Take the tiny triangle cutter and cut out a pleasing pattern on the outer edge of the snowflake. Remove the excess clay. Then place onto the large sky blue snowflake. Gently press together without smearing the glitter.

9. Cut a small snowflake and carefully place onto a paper plate or tray. Using the mop brush, gently brush the silver glitter onto the clay. Then using fingertips, gently rub the glitter into the clay until the surface is smooth. Center and place onto the larger snowflake. Gently press together without smearing the glitters.

10. Take an eye pin and attach to the center top of the snowflake by pushing the wire into the clay. Repeat this process to attach an eye pin to the bottom of the snowflake.

11. Press the flat crystal and the silver charm onto the clay (be sure to center).

12. Gently place in the oven and bake at 275 F degrees (132 C degrees) for 90 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Pull out one eye pin and lightly coat with cyanoacrylate adhesive; then put it back into the snowflake. Repeat this process for all of the eye pins, any loose charms, and crystals.

13. To assemble: Using silver jump rings, attach segment A to the bottom of the snowflake and segment B to the top of the snowflake.

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