Pumpkin Votive Light

Finished project measures 4” tall

Finished project measures 4” tall

 

Cute and scary all at the same time, this pumpkin houses an LED votive candle to brighten up your table, a bathroom vanity, or any place in your home that needs a little spookiness.  With or without light, this project bursts with Halloween spirit.  The clay pumpkin is formed over a glass votive holder.  After baking in your kitchen oven, the glass is removed and the clay is coated with glitter.  Sitting on a bed of raffia, this easy project is a quick and fun way to decorate for the holiday.

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

Directions

Before you begin, condition each clay color.  All cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily rotate the work when necessary.

step 1 - Cover a glass votive holder with heavy duty aluminum foil. Smooth the foil against the glass tucking the excess inside.

step 1 - Cover a glass votive holder with heavy duty aluminum foil. Smooth the foil against the glass tucking the excess inside.

step 2 - Roll out the Pumpkin clay on a number four setting of the conditioning machine.  Cut out about seven identical curved shapes using a slicer blade.  The shapes should measure approximately one inch at their widest point.

step 2 - Roll out the Pumpkin clay on a number four setting of the conditioning machine.  Cut out about seven identical curved shapes using a slicer blade.  The shapes should measure approximately one inch at their widest point.

step 3 - Drape the shapes over the foil, overlapping them.  The pieces should meet at the center top.

step 3 - Drape the shapes over the foil, overlapping them.  The pieces should meet at the center top.

step 4 - Cut away excess clay from the bottom so you can slide out the glass later.  The clay should be flush with the bottom of the glass.

step 4 - Cut away excess clay from the bottom so you can slide out the glass later.  The clay should be flush with the bottom of the glass.

step 5 - With a craft knife, cut out the nose in a triangle shape.  Cut eye shapes  out of the clay using a teardrop cutter on a slant. 

step 5 - With a craft knife, cut out the nose in a triangle shape.  Cut eye shapes  out of the clay using a teardrop cutter on a slant. 

step 6 - Create a tiny round eye shape with an Etch n' Pearl tool.  Blend it into the top of the eye hole.

step 6 - Create a tiny round eye shape with an Etch n' Pearl tool.  Blend it into the top of the eye hole.

step 7 - Use the craft knife to cut out a mouth shape. Cut little triangles for the shape of the teeth and blend them into the edges of the mouth.

step 7 - Use the craft knife to cut out a mouth shape. Cut little triangles for the shape of the teeth and blend them into the edges of the mouth.

step 8 - Roll green clay into a tube.  Press toothpicks into it and roll to leave the pick impressions.  Use a slicer blade to cut the top and bottom of the Pumpkin stem.  Pinch one end of the stem between your thumb and index finger to shape the bottom of the stem.  Press it to the center  top of the pumpkin.

step 8 - Roll green clay into a tube.  Press toothpicks into it and roll to leave the pick impressions.  Use a slicer blade to cut the top and bottom of the Pumpkin stem.  Pinch one end of the stem between your thumb and index finger to shape the bottom of the stem.  Press it to the center  top of the pumpkin.

step 9 - Gently press dental floss vertically across the clay to create indents in the pumpkin skin.  Using too much pressure may cut through the clay.

step 10 - Bake the pumpkin in a 275 degrees oven on a foil lined baking sheet for 30 minutes.  Allow the clay to cool.

step 11 - Use a craft knife to slice into two indents on opposing sides of the pumpkin from the bottom and stopping at the widest point.

step 11 - Use a craft knife to slice into two indents on opposing sides of the pumpkin from the bottom and stopping at the widest point.

step 12 - Slide the glass out of the pumpkin.  Pull out the foil.  Use a glue gun inside the pumpkin to close the cut sides.  Brush glaze on the stem only and allow it to dry completely.

step 12 - Slide the glass out of the pumpkin.  Pull out the foil.  Use a glue gun inside the pumpkin to close the cut sides.  Brush glaze on the stem only and allow it to dry completely.

step 13 - Brush glaze on the pumpkin and sprinkle with orange glitter.  Shake off excess.  Work in sections.  A clothespin is a convenient way to handle the clay during this step.  When the glaze is dry and no more glitter can be shaken off, use the brush to paint over the glitter to keep it from shedding.  

step 13 - Brush glaze on the pumpkin and sprinkle with orange glitter.  Shake off excess.  Work in sections.  A clothespin is a convenient way to handle the clay during this step.  When the glaze is dry and no more glitter can be shaken off, use the brush to paint over the glitter to keep it from shedding.

 

step 14 - Lay out a clump of raffia on a protected work surface.  Apply hot glue to the bottom perimeter of the pumpkin.  Press it into the raffia.  Repeat 2 or three times.  Trim the raffia as desired.  Turn the pumpkin over and cut out the raffia covering the center hole.  Cover an LED votive light with the pumpkin and turn on the switch.

step 14 - Lay out a clump of raffia on a protected work surface.  Apply hot glue to the bottom perimeter of the pumpkin.  Press it into the raffia.  Repeat 2 or three times.  Trim the raffia as desired.  Turn the pumpkin over and cut out the raffia covering the center hole.  Cover an LED votive light with the pumpkin and turn on the switch.

 

Supplies

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  • Sculpey Clay - Pumpkin 2 oz., Leaf Green scrap
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade
  • Sculpey Etch n’ Pearl tool
  • Diamond Glaze
  • LED Votive light
  • Glass votive holder 2.50”
  • Teardrop cutter
  • Orange glitter
  • Raffia
  • Glue gun

Miscellaneous

  • aluminum foil
  • Wax paper
  • toothpicks
  • small brush
  • dental floss
  • craft knife

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