Lighted Bridegroom Centerpiece

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See the Bride Centerpiece

See the Bride Centerpiece

 

Like the bride, this groom is a novel idea for lighting at a wedding or reception, a centerpiece that brightens the space with a visual reminder of the special event.  Details like silver lapel piping, bow tie and hankie, textured jacket, pink boutonniere, along with pin striped parchment paper bring the groom’s theme to the center of a table or a corner nook.  Unlike my wedding 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 cone and sconce patterns.  The sconce pattern includes the lapel.  Cut the cone on a folded sheet of paper with the fold aligned to the center front to create a complete pattern piece.

step 2 - Align the blank vellum page with the complete cone template.  Following the pattern, cut through both pages with a craft knife or scissors.  Cut a 1” slit down the center line of the vellum to form the tux collar.  Fold the slit pieces into triangles.

step 2 - Align the blank vellum page with the complete cone template.  Following the pattern, cut through both pages with a craft knife or scissors.  Cut a 1” slit down the center line of the vellum to form the tux collar.  Fold the slit pieces into triangles.

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 of the cardboard together.  To achieve the correct shape for the sconce, 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 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 of the cardboard together.  To achieve the correct shape for the sconce, 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 black clay.  Also prepare 2 oz. of silver 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 black clay together to create pieces large enough to fit the sconce pattern.  Cut opposite facing clay sconce pieces for the left and right of the sconce.  Roughly cut them to size.

step 5 - The Clay Sconce – Condition and roll out 4 to 5 oz. of black clay.  Also prepare 2 oz. of silver 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 black clay together to create pieces large enough to fit the sconce pattern.  Cut opposite facing clay sconce pieces for the left and right of the sconce.  Roughly cut them to size.

step 6 - Place kitchen plastic wrap over the clay pieces.  Cover it with a sheet of plastic canvas.  Use an acrylic roller to emboss the clay with the canvas pattern on both the left and right clay pieces.  Peel off the plastic wrap.

step 7 -  Place the sconce pattern on the left and right embossed clay pieces and cut them to accurately match the pattern using a craft knife.

step 8 - Put the silver clay through the conditioning machine on the #3 setting.  Cut out two opposite-facing lapel pieces from black and silver using the lapel pattern.

step 9 - Place the black lapel piece on top of the silver, allowing the silver to stick out and form a thin decorative edge.  Align the lapels on top of the sconce pieces.  Overlap the center fronts about 1/8”.  Cut away the bottom left lapel where it meets the right to eliminate excess bulk of the combined pieces.  Also press the length of the left center edge with a craft stick to thin it.  Press to join the left and right pieces.

step 9 - Place the black lapel piece on top of the silver, allowing the silver to stick out and form a thin decorative edge.  Align the lapels on top of the sconce pieces.  Overlap the center fronts about 1/8”.  Cut away the bottom left lapel where it meets the right to eliminate excess bulk of the combined pieces.  Also press the length of the left center edge with a craft stick to thin it.  Press to join the left and right pieces.

step 10 - Use the end of a large Etch n’ Pearl tool to form three round buttons for the front of the jacket.  Press them in place.

step 11 - Cut small triangles from silver clay to form the pocket hankie.  Position them on the right front.  Cut a thin black rectangle for the pocket edge and press it over the hankie.

step 12 - Fashion a flower out of pink clay by cutting a star shape with a clay cutter.  Push into the center with the pointy end of an Etch n’ Pearl tool and bring the clay points upward.  Cut a second star and put one inside the other.  Roll a tiny piece of green clay and attach it to the back of the flower.  Press the flower onto the lapel.

step 12 - Fashion a flower out of pink clay by cutting a star shape with a clay cutter.  Push into the center with the pointy end of an Etch n’ Pearl tool and bring the clay points upward.  Cut a second star and put one inside the other.  Roll a tiny piece of green clay and attach it to the back of the flower.  Press the flower onto the lapel.

step 13 - 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.  Bring the back seam together and blend the pieces together using an Etch n’ Pearl tool.

step 14 - Cut a bow tie shape from silver clay and wrap a thin rolled piece around the center.  

step 15 - Place the sconce mold with the backside down on a foil lined baking pan.  Add the bow tie to the foil and 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 16 - Glue the bow tie in the center of the vellum collars with E6000.  Also glue a small red bead in the center of the flower.

step 16 - Glue the bow tie in the center of the vellum collars with E6000.  Also glue a small red bead in the center of the flower.

step 17 - 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. 

step 17 - 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 Black clay – 4-5 oz.
  •  Premo Silver clay- 2 oz.
  •  Premo pink and green clay scraps
  •  Clay conditioning machine
  •  Etch n’ Pearl tool
  •  acrylic roller
  •  E-6000 glue
  •  Plastic mesh
  •  Gerson 18 Led light string

Miscellaneous

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

 JoAnn’s

  • pinstripe vellum paper
  • Pink bead
  • craft knife
  • Cardboard and card stock
  • Transparent scotch tape
  • Craft sticks
  • Netting fabric 12” square

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