Clay Leaf Napkin Ring

With the introduction of Ultralight Clay, the possibilities for hand crafted napkin rings are limitless.  The soft clay is shaped much like pie dough, but with more body.  After baking it in the oven, you have a hard ring ready to be painted. It’s inexpensive and doesn’t require special tools like some of the stiffer clays available.  You can expect to see a lot more projects on these pages made from this easy to manipulate medium. 

Directions

step 1 - Cover your surface with wax paper.  Break off a small fist size piece of clay to work with.  Knead it a few minutes until it becomes a bit soft.  Pull it into an oval shape about 1/4” thick.  Place wax paper on top of the clay.  My finished napkin ring measures 1.75” round, so I rolled my clay out to a length of about 5” to allow for joining the ends.  Roll across the clay until it is the right size and the surface is smooth.  Peel off the wax paper.

step 1 - Cover your surface with wax paper.  Break off a small fist size piece of clay to work with.  Knead it a few minutes until it becomes a bit soft.  Pull it into an oval shape about 1/4” thick.  Place wax paper on top of the clay.  My finished napkin ring measures 1.75” round, so I rolled my clay out to a length of about 5” to allow for joining the ends.  Roll across the clay until it is the right size and the surface is smooth.  Peel off the wax paper.

step 2 - Place a leaf stencil on the clay followed by wax paper and roll across it to transfer the leaf impression.

step 2 - Place a leaf stencil on the clay followed by wax paper and roll across it to transfer the leaf impression.

step 3 - Use a craft knife to cut the outline of the leaf.

step 3 - Use a craft knife to cut the outline of the leaf.

step 4 - With a plastic knife or spatula press into the leaf center to emphasize the stem.  Don’t cut through the clay, just press lightly.  

step 4 - With a plastic knife or spatula press into the leaf center to emphasize the stem.  Don’t cut through the clay, just press lightly.

 

step 5 - Use the spatula to lift the clay off the wax paper.  Wrap the leaf around a 1.75” metal cookie cutter or a metal ovenproof napkin ring.  To join the leaf, press the smaller end over the larger end but don’t flatten it.  Bend some of the jagged edges slightly forward to create an interesting look.

step 5 - Use the spatula to lift the clay off the wax paper.  Wrap the leaf around a 1.75” metal cookie cutter or a metal ovenproof napkin ring.  To join the leaf, press the smaller end over the larger end but don’t flatten it.  Bend some of the jagged edges slightly forward to create an interesting look.

step 6 - Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and bake the clay with the seam side down for 20 minutes at 275 degrees. 

step 6 - Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and bake the clay with the seam side down for 20 minutes at 275 degrees. 

step 7 - Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and allow the clay to completely cool. To remove the cookie cutter, squeeze the leaf ring slightly.  It will pull away from the metal cutter. 

step 7 - Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and allow the clay to completely cool.

To remove the cookie cutter, squeeze the leaf ring slightly.  It will pull away from the metal cutter. 

NOTE:  I painted my leaf with an airbrush which makes it easy to blend colors in a subtle way.   A brush and any acrylic paint can also be used to finish the napkin ring.

View the YouTube Video for this tutorial which also demonstrates how the colors were applied.

Supplies

 At Amazon

  • Sculpey Ultralight Clay
  • clay roller or conditioning machine

At JoAnns

  • leaf stencil
  • craft knife
  • plastic spatula

At Testors.com - Acrylic Paint

  • 9446 Red
  • 9480 Daisy
  • 9489 Dark Green
  • Aztek airbrush

Misc.

  • foil covered cookie sheet
  • wax paper
  • 1.75” round metal cookie cutter or napkin ring

 

 

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