Christmas Timepiece Ornament

Ornament measures 2” long

Ornament measures 2” long

 

Variegated holly leaves and berries frame this simple to make silver watch fob ornament that tells you what time it is!  The watch face is printed on card stock (template included with the directions) and the glass-like surface is three dimensional glaze with a red rhinestone set in the center.  The leaves, berries and silver case are made with clay.  A clay mold makes it easy to shape a perfect case in seconds. Stick it in the oven and your project is ready to decorate in 30 minutes.  Hang the timepiece from a small piece of metal chain.

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1, the thinnest is 9.

Directions

Before you begin, condition each clay color.  All cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily lift off the work when necessary.

step 1 - Condition 1/2 oz. of silver clay along with small pieces of green, red, and black. Press the silver clay into the largest circle in the mold.

step 1 - Condition 1/2 oz. of silver clay along with small pieces of green, red, and black. Press the silver clay into the largest circle in the mold.

step 2 - Using a blade shave excess clay from the mold to create a flat back for the watch casing. 

step 2 - Using a blade shave excess clay from the mold to create a flat back for the watch casing. 

step 3 - Flex the mold to release the clay.

step 3 - Flex the mold to release the clay.

step 4 - Roll out a thin tube of silver clay in your hands.  Fold it in half and twist it.  Curve the piece into a loop.

step 4 - Roll out a thin tube of silver clay in your hands.  Fold it in half and twist it.  Curve the piece into a loop.

step 5 - Trim, even off and flatten the edges with an old credit card.

step 5 - Trim, even off and flatten the edges with an old credit card.

step 6 -Press the cut ends to the back of the casing edge.  

step 6 -Press the cut ends to the back of the casing edge.

 

step 7 - Pass the green clay through the conditioning machine on the #1 setting, mixed with a bit of black clay to give the leaves variegated color.  Cut out two simple oval shapes, using a craft knife or blade.

step 7 - Pass the green clay through the conditioning machine on the #1 setting, mixed with a bit of black clay to give the leaves variegated color.  Cut out two simple oval shapes, using a craft knife or blade.

step 8 - Cover the leaves with plastic wrap.  Create the leaf shape by pressing the sharp edge of a marker cap into the clay on one side then the other.  Use a fine sculpting tool or toothpick to create lines on the leaves.

step 8 - Cover the leaves with plastic wrap.  Create the leaf shape by pressing the sharp edge of a marker cap into the clay on one side then the other.  Use a fine sculpting tool or toothpick to create lines on the leaves.

step 9 - Roll one large and two small balls of red clay into berry shapes in your hands.  Press and slightly flatten the large one firmly to the top center of the silver casing below the loop.  Press the leaves onto the red clay.  Add the other two balls over the center of the leaves maintaining their round shape.  Make dimples in the center of each with a modeling tool.

step 9 - Roll one large and two small balls of red clay into berry shapes in your hands.  Press and slightly flatten the large one firmly to the top center of the silver casing below the loop.  Press the leaves onto the red clay.  Add the other two balls over the center of the leaves maintaining their round shape.  Make dimples in the center of each with a modeling tool.

step 10 - Bake the clay on a piece of parchment paper in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before handling.

step 11 - Print out the clock image template on card stock.  Cut out the circle inside the gray outline.

 

step 12 - Brush the inside of the clay casing lightly with Diamond Glaze adhesive.  Press the card stock image into the casing.  Allow it to set for 15 minutes. Apply a bead of the adhesive from the bottle spout along the edge of the card stock.  Fill inside the bead, creating a smooth even surface.  Pop any air bubbles with a pin. Place a small red rhinestone in the center of the glaze.  Allow the adhesive to set overnight. Attach a piece of small chain to the clay loop.

step 12 - Brush the inside of the clay casing lightly with Diamond Glaze adhesive.  Press the card stock image into the casing.  Allow it to set for 15 minutes.
Apply a bead of the adhesive from the bottle spout along the edge of the card stock.  Fill inside the bead, creating a smooth even surface.  Pop any air bubbles with a pin.
Place a small red rhinestone in the center of the glaze.  Allow the adhesive to set overnight.
Attach a piece of small chain to the clay loop.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Clay - Silver 1/2 oz., small pieces of Pomegranate Red, Green and Black
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade
  • Sculpey modeling tools
  • Diamond Glaze

At Michaels

  • Sculpey flexible push mold
  • silver chain

Miscellaneous

  • Plastic wrap
  • craft knife
  • card stock
  • scissors
  • small brush
  • old credit card
  • parchment paper
  • marker cap
  • red rhinestone

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