Lighted Bride Centerpiece

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A novel idea for lighting at a wedding or reception is a centerpiece that brightens the space with a visual reminder of the special event.  Details like tiny buttons down the back accented by a bow, rhinestones and netting at the front, along with floral parchment paper bring the bridal theme to the center of a table or a corner nook. Unlike my sconce lights, this design features a sturdy weighted base making the light easy to set anywhere. The battery operated lights make it convenient.  Create a bride and a groom centerpiece for the couple’s reception table or make them for all the tables!  

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

Directions

step 1 A
step 1B
 

step 1 - Print out the sconce and cone patterns. 

step 2 - Align the blank vellum page with the cone template.  Following the pattern, cut through both pages with a craft knife or scissors. 

step 2 - Align the blank vellum page with the cone template.  Following the pattern, cut through both pages with a craft knife or scissors. 

step 3 - Match the vellum cone back edges and fold transparent tape over them to hold the cone together.  Put the cone aside.
step 4 - The Sconce Mold – Use the paper cone template to cut a mold from sturdy cardboard.  This mold will shape the clay during baking.  Tape the back edges together.  To achieve the correct shape for the mold, flatten the cardboard sides slightly but do not crease them.  Cover the cone with heavy-duty aluminum foil.  Smooth it over the surface with no lumps or wrinkles.
step 5 - The Clay Sconce – Condition and roll out 4 to 5 oz. of white clay.  Cover the work surface with wax paper to make moving and cutting the clay easier.  Use the widest setting on the clay-conditioning machine.  Because of the limited size of the machine, you will have to blend clay together to create pieces large enough to fit the sconce pattern. 

step 6 - Cut the sconce pattern into three pieces, the front and two sides.  Use the pattern pieces to cut matching clay pieces.  Overlap the edges of the cut clay slightly and blend the seams together using sculpting tools.

step 6 - Cut the sconce pattern into three pieces, the front and two sides.  Use the pattern pieces to cut matching clay pieces.  Overlap the edges of the cut clay slightly and blend the seams together using sculpting tools.

step 7 - Place kitchen plastic wrap over the joined pieces.  Cover the surface with the stencil.  Use an acrylic roller to emboss the clay with the floral stencil pattern.  Peel off the plastic wrap.

step 8 - Cut the top border off the front pattern.  Cut clay to match that curved piece.  Place the border on top of the clay sconce and press to join the pieces.  The border edges should match the top sconce edge and the side seams.

step 8 - Cut the top border off the front pattern.  Cut clay to match that curved piece.  Place the border on top of the clay sconce and press to join the pieces.  The border edges should match the top sconce edge and the side seams.

step 9 - Lightly touch the round end of an Etch n’ Pearl Tool to the border to make rows of circles which will be your guide for placing the rhinestones later.

step 9 - Lightly touch the round end of an Etch n’ Pearl Tool to the border to make rows of circles which will be your guide for placing the rhinestones later.

step 10 - Lift the joined sconce pieces off the work surface, peeling away the wax paper.  Wrap the clay sconce around the mold.  The center of the sconce should match the center of the mold.  Blend the back seam using sculpting tools.

step 10 - Lift the joined sconce pieces off the work surface, peeling away the wax paper.  Wrap the clay sconce around the mold.  The center of the sconce should match the center of the mold.  Blend the back seam using sculpting tools.

step 11 - Use the round end of a small Etch n’ Pearl tool to cut thirteen round buttons for the back of the sconce.  Press them into place.

step 11 - Use the round end of a small Etch n’ Pearl tool to cut thirteen round buttons for the back of the sconce.  Press them into place.

step 12 - Cut a ½” wide strip of clay to fit around the bottom of the sconce.  Curl the ends to form a bow in the back.

step 13 - Place the sconce mold with the front side down on a foil lined baking pan.  Bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool completely.  Flatten the sides of the foil mold to release it from the clay.

step 14 - For a satin affect brush glaze over embossed areas.  Add rhinestones to the top border of the sconce using a rhinestone setter.  Add rhinestones to the centers of the embossed flowers. 

step 15 - Cut a piece of netting fabric to measure 11” x 6”.  Knot the fabric on one end of each.  Make another knot at 9”.  Hot glue the fabric to the top inside edge of the sconce in the front and back to create shoulder straps.  Do not glue the knot to the clay but only the gathered fabric near the knot.  Glue the fabric 1” from the side seam.  When the glue is set, cut off the knot.  The only purpose of the knot is to easily gather the fabric together on the clay.  If the knot is glued to the clay, it will interfere with the cone placement.

step 16 - Wrap the light string loosely in a 12” square of netting fabric and secure the ends together with string to form a pouch.  Cut away excess netting.

To Assemble
Turn the battery pack on, place the pack inside the vellum cone, followed by the wire, then the pouch of lights.  Place the vellum inside the sconce.

The Base
Create a simple base by layering two white pieces of clay with a 2” round metal washer in between them.  Place plastic wrap over the layers and use a cookie cutter that’s slightly larger than the washer, to cut and join the clay rounds.  Bake and allow to cool.  Attach the base to the bottom of the sconce with E6000 glue.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Premo White clay – 4-5 oz.
  • Clay conditioning machine
  • Hot fix 3mm Rhinestones and applicator
  • Etch n’ Pearl tool
  • acrylic roller
  • Wilton variety pack cake stencils #417-148
  • E-6000 glue
  • Gerson 18 Led light string
  • Diamond Glaze

Miscellaneous

  • heavy duty aluminum foil
  • plastic wrap
  • Wax paper
  • round cap or container opening

JoAnn’s

  • craft knife
  • Cardboard and card stock
  • Transparent scotch tape
  • Craft sticks
  • Netting fabric 12” x 36”
  • floral Vellum paper

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