Clay Christmas Bell Ornament

ornament measures 3”

ornament measures 3”

 

Silver bells just got ornate with the help of a fancy rubber stamp and metallic alcohol ink on polymer clay. This is a fast and simple project. Once you cut the stencil, you can use it over and over to create lots of ornaments in different colors and with different designs. Get out your favorite rubber stamps and create bell ornaments for everyone! Don’t forget to sign your name and the year on the back after the clay is baked. The template is free to download.

Before you begin, condition clay. 

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

Directions

step 1 - Download the bell template and print it out on card stock. Cut on the printed lines. I cut four copies for my project. The more copies you use, the deeper the impression will be. If you use multi layers, spray adhesive on the back of each copy and stack them with the edges aligned.

step 1 - Download the bell template and print it out on card stock. Cut on the printed lines. I cut four copies for my project. The more copies you use, the deeper the impression will be. If you use multi layers, spray adhesive on the back of each copy and stack them with the edges aligned.

step 2 - Roll out a piece of white clay on the number two setting of the clay conditioning machine. The piece should measure approximately 4” x 4” or large enough to accommodate the stencil. Place the clay on a sheet of deli film on top of a ceramic tile or other hard surface.

step 3 - If your rubber stamp has a wood block attached, remove it. Without the block it is easier to detach the stamp from clay. You get a better impression if you can peel it off. Use a soft brush to apply baby powder to the stamp.

step 3 - If your rubber stamp has a wood block attached, remove it. Without the block it is easier to detach the stamp from clay. You get a better impression if you can peel it off. Use a soft brush to apply baby powder to the stamp.

step 4 - Press the stamp to the clay. Syndee Holt recommends putting the tile on a hard floor and standing on the back of the stamp for the best impression. It works great!

step 4 - Press the stamp to the clay. Syndee Holt recommends putting the tile on a hard floor and standing on the back of the stamp for the best impression. It works great!

step 5 - Position the stencil on the clay to take advantage of the design elements in the opening. Roll over the lower portion with an acrylic roller, which will slightly flatten the design in the curved line and the space above the clapper.

step 5 - Position the stencil on the clay to take advantage of the design elements in the opening. Roll over the lower portion with an acrylic roller, which will slightly flatten the design in the curved line and the space above the clapper.

step 6 - Follow the outline of the bell impression with a craft knife.

step 6 - Follow the outline of the bell impression with a craft knife.

 
 
step 7 - Remove the stencil and cut the edges that were protected by the stencil.

step 7 - Remove the stencil and cut the edges that were protected by the stencil.

step 8 - With a smoothing tool, remove all traces of the design in the curved line and lower area above the clapper.

step 8 - With a smoothing tool, remove all traces of the design in the curved line and lower area above the clapper.

step 9 - Use a mini hole cutter to cut a hole for a jump ring.

step 9 - Use a mini hole cutter to cut a hole for a jump ring.

step 10 - With a soft brush, apply alcohol ink to the design straight from the container. Be sure to get it in all the little crevices.

step 10 - With a soft brush, apply alcohol ink to the design straight from the container. Be sure to get it in all the little crevices.

step 11 - Dip a soft cloth in alcohol and softly brush the surface of the design to remove the ink from raised areas.

step 11 - Dip a soft cloth in alcohol and softly brush the surface of the design to remove the ink from raised areas.

step 12 - Cut holly leaves from green clay rolled on the number two setting of the conditioning machine. Press the leaves to the top of the bell.

step 12 - Cut holly leaves from green clay rolled on the number two setting of the conditioning machine. Press the leaves to the top of the bell.

step 13 - To create identical sized berries use a mini hole cutter. Roll the cut pieces into balls in the palm of your hand.

step 13 - To create identical sized berries use a mini hole cutter. Roll the cut pieces into balls in the palm of your hand.

step 14 - Lightly press the berries to the leaves. If your embossed design has a center point, press on an appropriate size hot fix rhinestone.

step 14 - Lightly press the berries to the leaves. If your embossed design has a center point, press on an appropriate size hot fix rhinestone.

step 15 - Bake the bell on a piece of parchment paper on top of a ceramic tile or other flat ovenproof item. Bake for 30 minutes at 275 degrees. Allow the project to cool before handling.

step 16 - Buff the project or apply a coat of Future Floor Polish for a semi gloss finish.

step 17 - Use jewelry wire cutters to cut a 4” long piece of 18 gauge wire. Curl the wire end around a marker or pen or just use your hands. Curl both ends and connect the ornament to the hanger with a jump ring.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Clay conditioning machine

  • Silver alcohol ink

  • Jewelry pliers and cutters

  • Deli film

At Michaels Store

  • White, Red and Green Premo clay

  • Spray Adhesive

  • Hot Fix Rhinestone (optional)

  • 18 gauge wire

  • jump ring - 10mm

  • Pen or marker

  • Card stock

  • Craft Knife

  • Rubber stamp

  • Soft brushes

  • Acrylic Roller

  • Smoothing tool

  • Mini hole cutter

  • Card stock

Miscellaneous

  • Baby powder

  • Parchment paper

  • Ceramic tile

     


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