Etched Crystal Teardrop Ornament

Ornament measures 1.75" long

Ornament measures 1.75" long

 

Simple and elegant are the two best words to describe this crystal tree ornament. The beautiful, long teardrop comes with the metal hardware and round crystal. Etch this project as I have or with a reindeer, family initials, or one of your favorite holiday images. Etching creme makes this easy and quick to complete. No extra tools are necessary for the etching. Just apply it, wait fifteen minutes and remove it. This will certainly be one of my new favorite mediums!

Directions

step 1 - Carefully bend the metal prong to remove the round crystal from the teardrop shape.  Set it aside to replace it later.

step 1 - Carefully bend the metal prong to remove the round crystal from the teardrop shape.  Set it aside to replace it later.

step 2 - Roll out scrap clay to no less than 1/8” thickness.

step 3 - Use a teardrop cutter to create a hole in the center of the clay.  Leave enough clay along all sides of the cutout to protect the crystal from the etching creme.

step 3 - Use a teardrop cutter to create a hole in the center of the clay.  Leave enough clay along all sides of the cutout to protect the crystal from the etching creme.

step 4 - Place the clay stencil on the crystal with the bottom of the cutout approximately .50” from the bottom edge of the crystal.

step 4 - Place the clay stencil on the crystal with the bottom of the cutout approximately .50” from the bottom edge of the crystal.

step 5 - As the Etch All directions suggest, apply a heavy coat of cream with the spatula provided and wait 15 minutes. Do not allow the crème to pour over the edge of the clay border. See complete directions for crème application on the container.

step 5 - As the Etch All directions suggest, apply a heavy coat of cream with the spatula provided and wait 15 minutes. Do not allow the crème to pour over the edge of the clay border. See complete directions for crème application on the container.

step 6 - Remove the clay first, then the creme. Rinse the crystal under warm water. step 7 - Dry the crystal completely.  Dispose of the clay.

step 6 - Remove the clay first, then the creme. Rinse the crystal under warm water.

step 7 - Dry the crystal completely.  Dispose of the clay.

step 8 - Cut another identical piece of scrap clay and place it on the non-etched side of the crystal matching it to the etching on the front. Etch this side as you did the other.

step 9 - Reattach the round crystal piece.

step 10 - Cut a red ribbon and tie it in a bow to act as a hanger for the ornament.

 

Tip:

Press a glob of clay onto your work surface and press the crystal onto the clay to keep it from wobbling while you work.

While I etched a simple shape on the crystal, many clay stencils could be used to cut your clay. Initialized crystal ornaments would make great Christmas gifts.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Hierkryst 2 Inch Chandelier
  • Scrap clay and roller
  • Teardrop clay cutter 1” long
  • EtchAll Creme
  • Red ribbon.75” sheer

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