Dimensional Votive or Napkin Rings

ornament measures 4" x 3"
 

Glazed, dimensional leaves stand out on this ring to give it the look of ceramics.  Depending on the size you make it, you can dress up your plain glass votives or wrap it around your dinner napkins.  A strip of clay covered in bright clay leaves introduces lots of color to the table for any occasion.  I started with Ecru and Hazelnut.  Blending them with Orange, Red, and Olive resulted in a very autumn attitude.  Make the same project in all gold clay and see how easily the mood changes.  Bake the raw clay in the kitchen oven for 30 minutes and you’re ready to paint on the glaze.  Design, theme, and color ideas for these rings are limitless.  I hope you’ll share your rings with me!

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 - Condition about 1 oz. of each clay color except the Ecru.  You’ll need more of it because it’s used for the ring and some leaves.  Roll the clay with a roller or put it through a pasta machine to create layers of equal thickness, about 1/16”.  Use a cutter to make sheets the same dimension and stack them.

step 1 - Condition about 1 oz. of each clay color except the Ecru.  You’ll need more of it because it’s used for the ring and some leaves.  Roll the clay with a roller or put it through a pasta machine to create layers of equal thickness, about 1/16”.  Use a cutter to make sheets the same dimension and stack them.

step 2 - Cut through the stack from top to bottom cutting .50” wide slices.  Roll each slice into a cigar shape on the work surface.  Now twist and roll again to blend the colors.  If you’re not happy with the result, fold the “cigar” in half and roll again against the width until you have the color blend you want.  The blends I used are Hazelnut with Red, Hazelnut with Ecru, and Ecru and Orange.  I also blended Olive with Ecru.

step 2 - Cut through the stack from top to bottom cutting .50” wide slices.  Roll each slice into a cigar shape on the work surface.  Now twist and roll again to blend the colors.  If you’re not happy with the result, fold the “cigar” in half and roll again against the width until you have the color blend you want.  The blends I used are Hazelnut with Red, Hazelnut with Ecru, and Ecru and Orange.  I also blended Olive with Ecru.

step 3 - Use a leaf shaped mini clay cutter, to cut 4 or 5 leaves in each color blend.  Place plastic wrap on the clay before pressing the cutter into the clay.  This will give you smooth edges.  Use a clay sculpting tool to draw the veins in the leaves.

step 3 - Use a leaf shaped mini clay cutter, to cut 4 or 5 leaves in each color blend.  Place plastic wrap on the clay before pressing the cutter into the clay.  This will give you smooth edges.  Use a clay sculpting tool to draw the veins in the leaves.

step 4 - Roll out a strip of Ecru clay 6” long and a little more than 1” wide.  You will trim it later.  This size will fit a 2” cookie cutter.  Press a design from a texture sheet onto the clay.  Because the same design will not cover the entire 6”, you will need to remove the texture sheet and place it down again.  

step 4 - Roll out a strip of Ecru clay 6” long and a little more than 1” wide.  You will trim it later.  This size will fit a 2” cookie cutter.  Press a design from a texture sheet onto the clay.  Because the same design will not cover the entire 6”, you will need to remove the texture sheet and place it down again.

 

step 5 - When the entire strip is textured, cover it with plastic wrap and cut it with a blade to form a 6” x 1” strip.

step 5 - When the entire strip is textured, cover it with plastic wrap and cut it with a blade to form a 6” x 1” strip.

step 6 - Wrap a 2” round cookie cutter as smoothly as possible with aluminum foil.  Tuck the edges inside.

step 6 - Wrap a 2” round cookie cutter as smoothly as possible with aluminum foil.  Tuck the edges inside.

step 7 - Wrap the clay around the foil.  Use a round sculpting tool to blend the two clay ends.

step 7 - Wrap the clay around the foil.  Use a round sculpting tool to blend the two clay ends.

step 8 - Arrange the leaves on the clay ring.  Allow them to extend higher than the clay strip on one side of the ring.  Curve their tops forward slightly so they don’t lie completely flat against the ring.  Push on the leave ends with the pearl end of an Etch n’ Pearl tool to secure them to the ring.  Fill the ring with leaves.

step 8 - Arrange the leaves on the clay ring.  Allow them to extend higher than the clay strip on one side of the ring.  Curve their tops forward slightly so they don’t lie completely flat against the ring.  Push on the leave ends with the pearl end of an Etch n’ Pearl tool to secure them to the ring.  Fill the ring with leaves.

Step 9 - Bake the ring in an oven at 275 degrees for 30 minutes on a foil lined baking pan.  Allow to cool completely before handling.

step 10 - Unwrap the foil from the cookie cutter.  Slide the cutter out of the foil then pull the foil away from the clay.

step 10 - Unwrap the foil from the cookie cutter.  Slide the cutter out of the foil then pull the foil away from the clay.

step 11 - Fill a small container with Diamond Glaze.  Using a paint brush, apply the glaze to the leaves and ring.  Allow to dry completely, about 2 hours.

step 11 - Fill a small container with Diamond Glaze.  Using a paint brush, apply the glaze to the leaves and ring.  Allow to dry completely, about 2 hours.

step 12 - Apply gold paint to the circles created by the Etch n’ Pearl tool using the very tip of an enamel paint marker.

step 12 - Apply gold paint to the circles created by the Etch n’ Pearl tool using the very tip of an enamel paint marker.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Red clay
  • White clay
  • Etch n/ Pearl tool
  • acrylic roller
  • clay conditioning machine
  • texture sheets
  • texture roller
  • seed pearls
  • Diamond Glaze

Miscellaneous

  • craft knife
  • yarn or ribbon
  • pin
 

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