Lighted Bridegroom 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.
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 3 - Match the vellum cone back edges and fold transparent tape over them to hold the cone together. Put the cone aside.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
- 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
- heavy duty aluminum foil
- plastic wrap
- Wax paper
- round cap or container opening
- pinstripe vellum paper
- Pink bead
- craft knife
- Cardboard and card stock
- Transparent scotch tape
- Craft sticks
- Netting fabric 12” square