Precious Pine Cone Ornament
When I look at a pine cone, especially one dusted with snow, it brings back memories of growing up in New England. That’s one of the reasons I’m fond of pine cone ornaments. I’ve found them in stores but quality ones can be very expensive. I decided to design my own ornament so I could make several for my tree this year.
Made of clay, my pine cone measures about two inches long. I dusted the edges with SnowTex for texture and a realistic look, then added a little glitter and pale green Swarovski beads. There’s no special design talent required here. Small circles of hazelnut clay are stuck together then baked in the oven. This is definitely another “Create It For Less” project for the holidays.
step 10 - Bake the clay in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes on a foil lined pan. Set the piece down gently to avoid flattening the individual circles. Make any last minute adjustments to the shape. Curve some of the greenery so that it isn’t all just sticking straight out. Remove the wood pick. Allow baked clay to cool completely. If the hanger should fall out of the clay, it can be reattached after the clay has cooled with jewelry glue like Dazzle Tac.
- Artistic Wire 18 gauge
- Artistic Wire 26 gauge
- Sculpey 2 oz. hazelnut clay
- Sculpey 2 oz. leaf green clay
- Liquid Polymer Clay
- 9-12 Swarovski bicone beads 4mm
- craft knife
- 1/2” cylinder or cookie cutter
- small paint brush
- white glitter
- Aleene’s Jewel-It glue
- Aluminum foil