Ice Skate Ornament

ornament measures 4" x 3"
 

A beautiful ice skate ornament is just the thing to remind us of winter and the holidays.  This clay project is easy enough to make as gifts for your friends and family, or to hang from your own tree.  My ornament measures two inches tall but you can make it a more generous size by enlarging the stencil before printing it out.   The silver polymer clay creates a sparkly metallic look to the blade, and when the glaze is applied it is even more enhanced.  Ready to do figure eights?

Directions

step 1 - Download and print the stencil on card stock. Cut out the skate stencil with a craft knife or stencil cutting machine.  Flatten out white clay to no less than 1/8”.  Place the stencil on the clay and roll across it to transfer the shape of the skate.  Place kitchen plastic wrap over the clay.

step 1 - Download and print the stencil on card stock. Cut out the skate stencil with a craft knife or stencil cutting machine.  Flatten out white clay to no less than 1/8”.  Place the stencil on the clay and roll across it to transfer the shape of the skate.  Place kitchen plastic wrap over the clay.

step 2 - Cut using a craft knife, slice through the plastic wrap and clay.  Plastic wrap will roll the edges of the clay slightly as you cut, resulting in fewer hard edges.

step 2 - Cut using a craft knife, slice through the plastic wrap and clay.  Plastic wrap will roll the edges of the clay slightly as you cut, resulting in fewer hard edges.

step 3 - Place the stencil on a piece of silver clay flattened to less than 1/8”.  Cover the stencil with plastic wrap.

step 3 - Place the stencil on a piece of silver clay flattened to less than 1/8”.  Cover the stencil with plastic wrap.

step 4 - Using a craft knife, cut out the blade portion of the stencil only.

step 4 - Using a craft knife, cut out the blade portion of the stencil only.

step 5 - Position the blade over the skate pressing down lightly to bond the pieces.

step 5 - Position the blade over the skate pressing down lightly to bond the pieces.

step 6 - Flatten a piece of black clay.  Using the stencil, cut out the heel and the black border of the skate.  Position the piece on the skate and press down.  Make the lace holes with an Etch n’ Pearl tool.  Bake the skate for 30 minutes in a 275 degree oven on a foil lined baking sheet.  Allow to cool.

step 6 - Flatten a piece of black clay.  Using the stencil, cut out the heel and the black border of the skate.  Position the piece on the skate and press down.  Make the lace holes with an Etch n’ Pearl tool.  Bake the skate for 30 minutes in a 275 degree oven on a foil lined baking sheet.  Allow to cool.

step 7 - As this photo shows, I made the mistake of brushing Diamond Glaze on the complete skate before making the holes for the laces.  I planned to drill the holes which didn’t work. Drilling through the glaze caused some of it to peel, which required me to go back later and clean up those areas.   Be sure to make the holes before baking and glazing.

step 7 - As this photo shows, I made the mistake of brushing Diamond Glaze on the complete skate before making the holes for the laces.  I planned to drill the holes which didn’t work. Drilling through the glaze caused some of it to peel, which required me to go back later and clean up those areas.   Be sure to make the holes before baking and glazing.

step 8 - Create the pompom.  Cut a six-inch piece of yarn and lay it along the length of a skinny metal tube.  Wrap around the tube with more yarn, about ten times.  Tie the six inch yarn piece into a knot, capturing the wrapped yarn.  

step 8 - Create the pompom.  Cut a six-inch piece of yarn and lay it along the length of a skinny metal tube.  Wrap around the tube with more yarn, about ten times.  Tie the six inch yarn piece into a knot, capturing the wrapped yarn.  

step 9 - With a craft knife, slice through the wrapped yarn opposite the knot.

step 9 - With a craft knife, slice through the wrapped yarn opposite the knot.

step 10 -The strands of the yarn will be uneven.  Use scissors to shape them into a round pompom.  Use Dazzle-Tac to glue the pompom to the toe of the skate.

step 10 -The strands of the yarn will be uneven.  Use scissors to shape them into a round pompom.  Use Dazzle-Tac to glue the pompom to the toe of the skate.

step 11 - If glaze has sealed the lace holes, pierce them with a thick needle to open them.  Thread a beading needle with a strand of white embroidery floss.  Hide one end of the floss under the pompom on the wrong side of the skate and glue it down.  Pass the floss through each hole of the skate working your way to the top.  Tie a knot and a bow.  Dab some glue on the center of the bow to prevent it from coming untied and to keep it in position on the skate.

step 11 - If glaze has sealed the lace holes, pierce them with a thick needle to open them.  Thread a beading needle with a strand of white embroidery floss.  Hide one end of the floss under the pompom on the wrong side of the skate and glue it down.  Pass the floss through each hole of the skate working your way to the top.  Tie a knot and a bow.  Dab some glue on the center of the bow to prevent it from coming untied and to keep it in position on the skate.

step 12 - Attach a piece of 18 gauge wire to the top hole in the skate.  Curl both ends with a smaller loop at the skate and a larger loop at the top.  Attach a blue bead to the end of the wire with glue.  

step 12 - Attach a piece of 18 gauge wire to the top hole in the skate.  Curl both ends with a smaller loop at the skate and a larger loop at the top.  Attach a blue bead to the end of the wire with glue.

 


Supplies

At Amazon

  • white embroidery floss
  • beading needle
  • white, black, and silver polymer clay
  • Etch n’ Pearl tool
  • 18 gauge wire
  • Dazzle-Tac
  • Diamond Glaze

Miscellaneous

  • skinny metal tube
  • yarn
  • blue bead
  • kitchen plastic wrap
  • craft knife
  • brush

 

 

 

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