Oscar Film Napkin Rings

Oscar parties can be great fun and having theme related items on hand can add to the celebration.  Film strip napkin rings with glittery star accents add just the right tone for your party no matter what the year.  These 1.50” tall rings display images behind clear plastic for films nominated in 2015.  The images weren’t hard to find online. This project could be created for any year with the appropriate film images.  Squares cut out of the clay allow you to see the films vying for the award.  There are five films on each napkin ring.  Make several rings with a mix of nominees.  As an alternative, think about possibly creating rings with fewer squares, maybe only two per ring and let your guests compete to see who will have the ring with the Oscar winner for Best Picture!  These napkin rings open up many possibilities for livening up an Academy Award Party.  As host, you can create this project and still afford that Wolfgang Puck style dinner!

Before you begin, condition all clay colors.  Cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily rotate the work when necessary.

 

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

Directions

step 1 - Download and print the template on regular paper.  Search Google images for photos of the films nominated for an Oscar.  Look for images that will fit into the square template format.

step 1 - Download and print the template on regular paper.  Search Google images for photos of the films nominated for an Oscar.  Look for images that will fit into the square template format.

step 2 - Size the photos to fit the template in a program like Photoshop. Make the individual photos a little larger than the space allotted on the template so the side edges of each image will be hidden once in the ring.  Print out the image strip on card stock. Optional method:  Print the individual images to size and glue them on card stock using the template as a placement guide.

step 2 - Size the photos to fit the template in a program like Photoshop. Make the individual photos a little larger than the space allotted on the template so the side edges of each image will be hidden once in the ring.  Print out the image strip on card stock. Optional method:  Print the individual images to size and glue them on card stock using the template as a placement guide.

Step 3 - Cut the strip with a craft knife and set it aside.

step 4 - To make the clay ring, roll out the clay on #1 setting of the clay conditioning machine. Use a blade to cut the clay to fit the width and length of the image template.

step 4 - To make the clay ring, roll out the clay on #1 setting of the clay conditioning machine. Use a blade to cut the clay to fit the width and length of the image template.

step 5 - Align the printed strip at the top edge of the clay to guide your placement of the hole cutter.  Use a .75” square cutter to make five holes in the clay. 

step 5 - Align the printed strip at the top edge of the clay to guide your placement of the hole cutter.  Use a .75” square cutter to make five holes in the clay. 

step 6 - Roll a small amount of white clay on the #2 setting of the conditioning machine.  With a small Etch N’ Pearl tool punch out 20 round dots.

step 6 - Roll a small amount of white clay on the #2 setting of the conditioning machine.  With a small Etch N’ Pearl tool punch out 20 round dots.

step 7 - Place the dots in the black borders on the clay and press down gently to hold them in position.

step 7 - Place the dots in the black borders on the clay and press down gently to hold them in position.

step 8 - Wrap the clay around a toilet paper roll.  Don’t stretch the clay in the process.  Blend the ends together using your fingers until the seam is invisible.

step 8 - Wrap the clay around a toilet paper roll.  Don’t stretch the clay in the process.  Blend the ends together using your fingers until the seam is invisible.

step 9 - Roll silver clay out on the machine’s #2 setting.  Cut out three stars with a star cutter.  Place them over the seam. 

step 9 - Roll silver clay out on the machine’s #2 setting.  Cut out three stars with a star cutter.  Place them over the seam. 

 

step 10 - Place the clay in a 275 degree oven on parchment paper and bake it for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool before handling.

step 11 - Bend the cardboard to pull it away from the clay napkin ring.

 

 
step 12 - Brush the glaze on the stars then sprinkle on silver glitter.  When dry brush them with glaze again to keep the glitter from shedding.

step 12 - Brush the glaze on the stars then sprinkle on silver glitter.  When dry brush them with glaze again to keep the glitter from shedding.

step 13 - Position the image strip inside the clay ring.  Check to be sure the edges of individual images are hidden behind the vertical clay pieces.   Make any changes necessary to the layout on your computer and print out the revised strip.  Place clear plastic over it.  Cut the plastic to match the size of the strip but add an extra .25" at the ends for overlapping and gluing together.

step 14 - Hot glue the center of the image strip to the center of the plastic in the white space above the images.  Add two or more glue spots between the strip center and the ends.  Do the same on the bottom edge of the strip.

step 13 - With your hands, press the twisted log flat into a rectangular shape about .75” thick.  cut off very thin slices.  Place plastic over the slices and roll across them with an acrylic roller, vertically or horizontally if you need to enlarge their size to fit the card case.  How you arrange or combine the slices is up to you.

step 15 - Curve the combined plastic and image strip and slip it into the clay ring.  Center the images inside the cut out holes.  Hot glue the plastic and image strip to the center of the clay then on the curves.  Smooth it around the ring and glue it again where the ends overlap.

NOTE
Two ounces of clay will make three clay napkin rings.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Clay - Black, White, Silver
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
  • Sculpey Etch n’ Pearl tool

At Craft Store

  • square clay cutter .75”
  • star cutter .50”
  • card stock
  • clear plastic page
  • Diamond Glaze
  • Silver Glitter
  • Hot glue
  • Craft knife

Miscellaneous

  • ruler
  • Movie Images
  • toilet paper roll
  • plastic wrap

 

 

 

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