Flying Witches Glass Ornament

ornament glass measures 4”

ornament glass measures 4”

Witches on Broomsticks,
Bats in flight,
Here’s an ornament,
For Halloween Night!
 
This project employs my clay stencil technique which makes the three witches racing around the ornament on broomsticks so easy to paint on the glass.  Paint is also poured inside and allowed to drip out to create uneven streaks of yellow and orange, the perfect backdrop for this scene. The top of the witch's hat acts as a hanger.

Before you begin, condition clay.  Cutting should be done on plastic film, which will allow you to easily rotate or lift off the work when necessary.

 

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

Directions

step 1 - Roll out conditioned 1/2 oz of black clay on setting #3 of the conditioning machine.  Use a butterfly cutter (included in Sculpey’s “Nature” collection) to cut out 6 or 8 butterflies. 

step 1 - Roll out conditioned 1/2 oz of black clay on setting #3 of the conditioning machine.  Use a butterfly cutter (included in Sculpey’s “Nature” collection) to cut out 6 or 8 butterflies. 

step 2 - Turn the butterflies into bats by pressing the round end of the smallest Etch N Pearl tool to the edges of the wings.  Stick the pointy end into the center of the head and pull upward.  This will create the bat ears.

step 2 - Turn the butterflies into bats by pressing the round end of the smallest Etch N Pearl tool to the edges of the wings.  Stick the pointy end into the center of the head and pull upward.  This will create the bat ears.

step 3 - Stuff foil into a 1.25” cookie cutter.  Push it against the work surface to create a flat round bottom.  Squeeze the remainder of the foil into a tall irregular shape that narrows toward the top.

step 3 - Stuff foil into a 1.25” cookie cutter.  Push it against the work surface to create a flat round bottom.  Squeeze the remainder of the foil into a tall irregular shape that narrows toward the top.

step 4 - Pass the rest of the clay through the conditioning machine on #2 setting.  Shape clay around the foil blending the vertical edges and pinching it into shape.  Pull out the foil and discard it.  Set the hat on the ornament opening.  Put the ornament on a cookie cutter or a clump of scrap clay to balance it.  Continue shaping and bending to create folds in the hat.  

step 4 - Pass the rest of the clay through the conditioning machine on #2 setting.  Shape clay around the foil blending the vertical edges and pinching it into shape.  Pull out the foil and discard it.  Set the hat on the ornament opening.  Put the ornament on a cookie cutter or a clump of scrap clay to balance it.  Continue shaping and bending to create folds in the hat.  

step 5 - Cut a 4” circle from clay.  Cut a hole out of the center using the 1.25” cutter.

step 5 - Cut a 4” circle from clay.  Cut a hole out of the center using the 1.25” cutter.

step 6 - Cut a small amount of purple and white clay into strips stacking and alternating them.  Continue cutting in half and stacking until you have a thin striped strip to fit at the base of the hat.

step 6 - Cut a small amount of purple and white clay into strips stacking and alternating them.  Continue cutting in half and stacking until you have a thin striped strip to fit at the base of the hat.

step 7 - Use your fingers to press the brim onto the bottom edge of the hat.  Wrap the purple and white strip over the seam and press in place.  Use a blade to reach under the brim and pry the joined hat pieces off the glass.  Clean the glass surface with rubbing alcohol. 

step 7 - Use your fingers to press the brim onto the bottom edge of the hat.  Wrap the purple and white strip over the seam and press in place.  Use a blade to reach under the brim and pry the joined hat pieces off the glass.  Clean the glass surface with rubbing alcohol. 

step 8 - Place the hat on the 1.25” cutter for support while baking in the oven.  Press a bat onto the striped band.  Insert clumped up foil under the brim to retain it’s shape.  Without support the brim will droop and the hat won’t seat on the ornament properly.

step 8 - Place the hat on the 1.25” cutter for support while baking in the oven.  Press a bat onto the striped band.  Insert clumped up foil under the brim to retain it’s shape.  Without support the brim will droop and the hat won’t seat on the ornament properly.

Step 9 - Plan your witch placement (see step 11) on the ornament and press bats on the glass to surround them.  Set the ornament on a large round cookie cutter for support while baking.

Step 9 - Plan your witch placement (see step 11) on the ornament and press bats on the glass to surround them.  Set the ornament on a large round cookie cutter for support while baking.

step 10 - Apply clear acrylic gloss paint to the entire eye with a brush.

step 11 - Search Google images with the keywords “witch stencil” for a witch you like.   Print it out on card stock and resize it if necessary to measure no taller than 2.50”.  With a craft knife, cut out the image and place it on a piece of scrap clay.  Roll across it to adhere the image to the clay.

step 11 - Search Google images with the keywords “witch stencil” for a witch you like.   Print it out on card stock and resize it if necessary to measure no taller than 2.50”.  With a craft knife, cut out the image and place it on a piece of scrap clay.  Roll across it to adhere the image to the clay.

step 12 - Use a craft knife to cut the image out of the clay.

step 12 - Use a craft knife to cut the image out of the clay.

step 13 - Press the ornament onto another piece of scrap clay on the work surface.  This will hold the ornament in place while you work. Warp the clay stencil around the ornament.  Mask off surrounding areas.  Airbrush the stencil with black paint.  Remove the stencil, reposition it on the ornament two more times to create a total of three witches.

step 13 - Press the ornament onto another piece of scrap clay on the work surface.  This will hold the ornament in place while you work. Warp the clay stencil around the ornament.  Mask off surrounding areas.  Airbrush the stencil with black paint.  Remove the stencil, reposition it on the ornament two more times to create a total of three witches.

step 14 - Pour a puddle of orange paint into the ornament.  Swish it around to cover the entire interior.  Place the ornament on a disposable container and let the paint drip out.  Don’t waste the paint.  Return it to the bottle.  Allow the ornament to continue to drain.  When the paint is dry, repeat the process with yellow paint. 

step 14 - Pour a puddle of orange paint into the ornament.  Swish it around to cover the entire interior.  Place the ornament on a disposable container and let the paint drip out.  Don’t waste the paint.  Return it to the bottle.  Allow the ornament to continue to drain.  When the paint is dry, repeat the process with yellow paint. 

step 15 - After the yellow paint has dried, apply E6000 to the neck opening of the ornament.  Press the hat onto the opening.

step 15 - After the yellow paint has dried, apply E6000 to the neck opening of the ornament.  Press the hat onto the opening.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Premo Clay - Black, White, Purple plus scrap clay
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
  • Sculpey Acrylic Roller
  • Sculpey Etch N Pearl Tool
  • AztekAirbrush
  • Aztek Black, Orange and Yellow acrylic paint
  • E6000 adhesive
  • 1.25 round cutter
  • 4” round cutter
  • Sculpey “Nature” cutters
  • 4” clear glass ornament

Miscellaneous

  • plastic wrap
  • card stock
  • craft knife
  • aluminum foil

 

 

 

 

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