Furry Witch Ornament

Finished project measures 3.50” including wire

Finished project measures 3.50” including wire

 

There she is, warts and all.  A hook nosed witch to celebrate Halloween in her finest boa.  Use the spiral wire to hang her in a prominent place where you can share her with visitors.  Made with small amounts of clay, this three dimensional project is inexpensive and easy to make with the detailed directions below.  Display a collection of them or just one.  Either way you will demonstrate your holiday spirit.

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

Directions

Before you begin, condition each clay color.  All cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily lift off the work when necessary.

step 1 - Download and print the boot template on copy paper.  Roll three strips of black and two strips of plum clay to the same length.  Alternate the colors and twist them together.  Flatten the piece and run it through the conditioning machine to blend the colors in interesting ways.
 

step 1 - To create the witch’s face, pack a glob of green clay in a teardrop flexible mold.  Make the witch any size you like.  Just be sure the hat is in proportion to the size of the face.  Use a clay blade to shave across the top of the mold to remove excess.  Flex the mold to turn out the clay.

step 2 - Roll a bit of red and green clay for the mouth and the nose.  Place them on the face.  Don’t fuss with them too much now.  You can perfect the shape as you work the other steps.

step 2 - Roll a bit of red and green clay for the mouth and the nose.  Place them on the face.  Don’t fuss with them too much now.  You can perfect the shape as you work the other steps.

step 3 - Use a small detail tool to make sockets for the eyes and any shaping you may want to do to the face.

step 3 - Use a small detail tool to make sockets for the eyes and any shaping you may want to do to the face.

step 4 - Begin refining the face with an Etch n’ Pearl tool by creating lines between the nose and the mouth.  Roll bits of green to create eyelids over the sockets. 

step 4 - Begin refining the face with an Etch n’ Pearl tool by creating lines between the nose and the mouth.  Roll bits of green to create eyelids over the sockets. 

step 5 - Drop bits of black clay into the sockets.  Give the nose and mouth their final shape and dots of clay for warts.  Pinch the chin to make it longer and curve it upward.

step 5 - Drop bits of black clay into the sockets.  Give the nose and mouth their final shape and dots of clay for warts.  Pinch the chin to make it longer and curve it upward.

step 6 - Use a round cookie cutter to create the brim for the hat.

step 6 - Use a round cookie cutter to create the brim for the hat.

step 7 - Roll a thick piece of black clay into a tube then stretch the end to form the top of the hat.  Shape the bottom part into a curve.

step 7 - Roll a thick piece of black clay into a tube then stretch the end to form the top of the hat.  Shape the bottom part into a curve.

step 8 - Press the tube onto the center of the brim.  Use your knuckle to make space under the center of the brim for the witch’s head. 

step 8 - Press the tube onto the center of the brim.  Use your knuckle to make space under the center of the brim for the witch’s head. 

step 9 - Roll orange clay to create a hat band.  Press the witch’s head into the hat and pull the brim down in front slightly.

step 9 - Roll orange clay to create a hat band.  Press the witch’s head into the hat and pull the brim down in front slightly.

step 10 - Wrap black wire around a Sharpie to form a coil.  Bend a 90 degree angle at the bottom of the coil with flat nose pliers.  The straight wire end shouldbe 2” long.  Use round nose pliers to curl the top of the wire.  Push one inch of the straight wire into the hat.

step 10 - Wrap black wire around a Sharpie to form a coil.  Bend a 90 degree angle at the bottom of the coil with flat nose pliers.  The straight wire end shouldbe 2” long.  Use round nose pliers to curl the top of the wire.  Push one inch of the straight wire into the hat.

step 11 - Bake the clay on a foil lined cookie sheet at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before handling.

step 12 - Turn the clay over and attach a swatch of boa with E6000 adhesive.

step 12 - Turn the clay over and attach a swatch of boa with E6000 adhesive.

step 13 - For details on the face:  With a fine brush dot white paint on both sides of the eyeballs.  Add medium gray paint to the folds in the face and under the warts for emphasis. Use a black marker to line the eye lids. 


Supplies

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  • Sculpey Clay - Green 1/2 oz., Orange 1/2 oz., Black 1/2 oz., Red -1/2 oz.
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Etch n’ Pearl tool
  • Sculpey acrylic roller
  • Sculpey Detail tool
  • Sculpey Cabochon mold
  • E-6000 glue
  • Black wire 18 gauge
  • Craft boa

Miscellaneous

  • aluminum foil
  • Wax paper
  • craft knife
  • black marker
  • black, gray & white paint
  • tiny brush

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