Patriotic Sun Catcher

Measures 4.50" x 5.25"

Measures 4.50" x 5.25"

Lighted from behind

Lighted from behind

"A"

"A"

"B"

"B"

This patriotic décor can be made simply with polymer clay. While red white and blue clay could be used, I decided on white clay, framing clear liquid polymer clay tinted with alcohol inks for the red and blue areas. Using the clear clay allows light to shine through. This eagle project can be hung in a window during the day and at night, simply placed over a glass votive with a battery-operated light inside to illuminate a holiday table. Keep in mind the darker the ink, the more opaque the results which is evident in the dark blue area. The butterfly sun catchers I created are a good example of opacity differences achieved with alcohol ink. Butterfly “A” was created with mostly clear liquid polymer and very small amounts of ink. The result is a pastel look. Butterfly “B” was tinted with stronger concentrations of ink. Experiment with small samples to determine what works best for your project.

Before you begin, condition white clay and roll it out on the #2 setting of the conditioning machine.

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

Directions

step 1 - Download and print out the eagle template on card stock. With a craft knife, cut out the gray shapes and the outline to create a stencil.

step 1 - Download and print out the eagle template on card stock. With a craft knife, cut out the gray shapes and the outline to create a stencil.

step 2 - Place the stencil on white clay. Cut out the shapes.

step 2 - Place the stencil on white clay. Cut out the shapes.

step 3 - In a small container, mix the red ink with clear liquid polymer clay using a craft stick.

step 3 - In a small container, mix the red ink with clear liquid polymer clay using a craft stick.

step 4 - Set the clay on parchment paper taped to a ceramic tile. If the paper is not secured to the tile, it could lift in places causing the liquid to shift. Press firmly on the clay to adhere it to the paper.

step 5 - Lift the red mixture from the container and transfer it to the vertical spaces in the clay. Use the narrow edge of the stick to place the liquid. Do not force it into corners. Just fill the vertical space. Given a few minutes, the liquid will fill the corners on it’s own.

step 5 - Lift the red mixture from the container and transfer it to the vertical spaces in the clay. Use the narrow edge of the stick to place the liquid. Do not force it into corners. Just fill the vertical space. Given a few minutes, the liquid will fill the corners on it’s own.

step 6 - Mix the blue ink with liquid polymer and fill the eagle cut out in the same way.

step 7 - Clean up any smudged lines with alcohol and a Q-Tip.

step 7 - Clean up any smudged lines with alcohol and a Q-Tip.

step 8 - If you plan to hang the finished clay, use a mini-hole cutter to pierce holes at the edge of both wings in the white clay area. After baking clay, thread stretchy cord through the holes to hang.

step 8 - If you plan to hang the finished clay, use a mini-hole cutter to pierce holes at the edge of both wings in the white clay area. After baking clay, thread stretchy cord through the holes to hang.

step 9 - Bake the clay in a 300-degree oven for 30minutes. Allow it to cool completely before handling.

step 10 - Use a heat gun to create a glassy finish on the red and blue clay. The gun needs to be about one inch from the surface to produce the desired effect.

step 10 - Use a heat gun to create a glassy finish on the red and blue clay. The gun needs to be about one inch from the surface to produce the desired effect.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Clay conditioning machine

Michaels

  • Premo White Clay
  • Tim Holtz alcohol ink - Poppy Field & Stream
  • Tissue blades
  • Craft knife
  • Card stock
  • Painters Tape
  • Heat Gun
  • Craft sticks

Miscellaneous

  • Parchment paper
  • Mini hole cutter and 1mm stretchy bracelet cord (optional)
  • Small containers for mixing
  • Ceramic tile

 


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