Give Thanks Napkin Ring
Few elements make a Thanksgiving Day table as special as colorful custom napkin rings. This ring is easy to make because the foundation is Polymer Clay. Just bake it in the oven before the Turkey! This clay is blended, cut, textured, and imprinted with the message "Give Thanks". The leaf base is Rose Gold, a rich color clay which is lightly flecked with dots of glitter. When mixed with white, it becomes shades of peach, mixed with ecru, it becomes shades of pumpkin, and left on its own, it becomes a delicious contrast. The best part is you get to choose where to position your stencil on the clay to take advantage of the colors and determine where they will appear in the finished project.
Create the same ring for all your guests or vary them by replacing the Rose Gold clay with Olive Green, Alizarin Crimson, Orange, Copper or other Fall Colors.
This project can be cut with the Silhouette Curio machine, the Cameo 3, and other machines. Download the cut file above that's right for you or the pdf file which includes instructions and the bead templates.
Directions for Silhouette users (SC) and craft knife users (CK) are included in this tutorial. Directions without initials apply to all crafters.
Before you begin, condition all clay.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.
step 2 - Create the soft beige color for the rectangle by mixing White with a small amount of Ecru (about .24 Ecru to .75 white). Roll the clay on the #3 setting of the conditioning machine.
Step 7 - CK - Cut the clay to measure 5.50" x 2". Use the Silhouette Sketch pen to write the words "Give Thanks" with a light touch. Avoid digging the tip into the clay. The lettering should be placed about 2" in from the left edge, .25" from the top edge and no deeper than .75" tall.
Step 14 - Cut a 3.50" tube from a toilet paper roll. Cut a strip of parchment paper 5.50" wide and 8" long. Wrap the paper around the roll and tuck in the excess to hold it in place.
Step 15 - Cut another piece of parchment the same size. Place the clay face down on it. Do not slide the clay on the paper or the ink may smudge.
Step 17 - Bring both clay ends to the center back. Join the ends and smooth over the seam.
Step 19 - Bake the clay standing in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes. When cool, spray it with a glaze.
The 5.50" measurement for the clay in this project is based on the measurement around a cardboard toilet paper roll I used. Not all toilet paper rolls may be identical so be sure 5.50" will reach around yours and adjust the measurement if necessary. This will be important when it's time to wrap the clay around the roll. Also be aware that most toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls are not the same size.
The sketch pen lettering will not smudge once baked but it will run if some types of glazes are applied with a brush. To protect the ink, use spray-on Glosscote.
- Clay conditioning machine
- SC - Silhouette Curio Machine with Deep-Cut Blade
- PremoClay - Rose Gold, Ecru, White
- Silhouette Brown Sketch Pen
- Card stock
- Acrylic roller
- Clay sculpting tools
- Sizzix embossing folders
- CK - craft knife
- SC - freezer paper
- Parchment paper
- Baby powder
- Cardboard Toilet Paper Roll
- 1261 Glosscote