My 2016 Polymer Clay Challenge #polymerclay #2016PCchallenge #ornaments

Hey, hey!

This new year, beginning January 1, I’ve decided to officially jump on Katie Oskin’s 2016 Polymer Clay Challenge to make one item a week. I’m sure some weeks I could even slip in two or more, but I’ll focus on one each week.

Yep, amid my outside job, everyday life and romance writing, I’ve chosen to add one more thing to my busy schedule and make an ornament each week. YAY! I will use secondary mediums to spice up these primarily-clay items. I like bling; glitter, gems, etc., and being creative, stretching my mind outside the box.

I think ornaments can say so much to and about someone, plus I love making them (as you can tell from my previous post featuring these stockings http://ow.ly/WsVKC ). And they’re cute. 🙂 When you hear the word ornament, you probably think of the major holiday, Christmas, right? But I feel ornaments are not just for that one wonderful, joyous, but isolated season (yes, I believe Christmas IS a season all it’s own. 🙂 ). Why not have special ornaments for anything, any occasion?

Valentines Day? Yes! Fourth of July? Yes! Christmas? Yes! Birthdays, personalized, dated and just fun? Yes, yes, yes, YES!

So, 2016 will be my year to make lots and lots of ornaments! 52 of them, in fact. If you’d like to join in, go to Kater’s Acres and see how you can sign up! Don’t forget to join Katie’s 2016 Facebook challenge group too.

Check back weekly to see what’s new. If you’d leave a comment to let me know what you think, I’d love to meet other artists and fans of PC!

Have a blessed and healthy New Year!

Christmas Creations-2015

Last year I began making ornaments for family and friends. I chose wild animals, zoo inhabitant-like creatures; giraffe, zebra, monkey, etc. This year I chose Christmas stockings for the grandgirls and my co-workers. I was thrilled that everyone loved their little gifts. So thrilled I wanted to share some with you.

First, here’s a few pics of last years’ creations.

Giraffe

Giraffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monkey

Monkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowman

Snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, I’m aware a snowman isn’t an animal. LOL

I can’t find the pics of the zebra, so I added this little guy my daughter made.

 So for this year, stockings! As usual, I used Premo! clay.

These are personalized with each person’s name stamped in the front and the year stamped into the back of each. I made, decorated and baked each tiny gingerbread man and candy cane and added them to the backs of the pre-baked stockings (approx. 2.5 inches tall). The bows are actually fabric gift decorations left over from last year and the balls on those are plastic, so bows were glued on last, since you can’t bake plastic. 🙂

I made and attached 20 ga wire eye hooks before the final bake, and made (20 ga) wire hooks to hang these on the tree. I will give my husband credit for suggesting the toes and heels of these little darlings. Once they were formed and ready to bake, I added sticky gemstones, then I glazed them with a clear glittered acrylic paint and baked. Once they were baked and cool I sealed them completely, front and back, with acrylic paint sealer. You could also use sculpey sealer, or polyurethane.

Recipients have to be careful because two of my little ones broke their candy canes by dropping their stockings, and I broke one on another by handling it too aggressively during sanding. Luckily, I was able to salvage and repair them.

Later I’ll post the steps to making a stocking. I hope you enjoyed this holiday post. Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year!

Stockings- 2015

two of my granddaughters’ ornaments.