Santa Coat Ornament

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Handmade Christmas tree ornaments can be so much fun to make.  My inspiration for this one comes from a Norman Rockwell painting.  I first saw it many years ago but the image of the puppy in the pocket has stayed with me.  It seemed like a sweet little addition to my Santa hanging coat ornament. The template for the coat is included with the instructions. 

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

Directions

step 1 - Download and cut out the template pieces on printer paper.  
Set the clay conditioning machines to #2 setting and roll out 1.5 ounces of red clay, 1 ounce of white clay, .50 ounce of Ecru.  Hand roll a speck of black for the dog’s nose.

step 2 - Place the template pieces on red clay.  Using a craft knife, cut one of the jacket and two of the sleeve.

step 2 - Place the template pieces on red clay.  Using a craft knife, cut one of the jacket and two of the sleeve.

step 3 - Make small gashes at the bottom of the jacket on the side seam lines.

step 3 - Make small gashes at the bottom of the jacket on the side seam lines.

step 4 - Cut two squares .75” in size.  Use an Etch ‘n Pearl tool to create a hem detail onthe edges.

step 4 - Cut two squares .75” in size.  Use an Etch ‘n Pearl tool to create a hem detail onthe edges.

step 5 - Place plastic wrap over the Ecru clay.  Using a bunny head cutter, cut two pieces.

step 5 - Place plastic wrap over the Ecru clay.  Using a bunny head cutter, cut two pieces.

step 6 - Place the pieces wrong sides together.  Blend the side seams.

step 6 - Place the pieces wrong sides together.  Blend the side seams.

step 7 - Pinch the bunny ears with your fingers to flatten them and turn them downward.

step 7 - Pinch the bunny ears with your fingers to flatten them and turn them downward.

step 8 - Cut off the bunny cheeks and restyle the shape of the face.  Use the Etch ‘n Pearl tool to create eyes and shape the mouth.   Add a pinch of black clay for the nose.

step 8 - Cut off the bunny cheeks and restyle the shape of the face.  Use the Etch ‘n Pearl tool to create eyes and shape the mouth.   Add a pinch of black clay for the nose.

step 9 - Roll a glob of clay to create a small half body and press the head onto it.

step 9 - Roll a glob of clay to create a small half body and press the head onto it.

step 10 - Lay a pocket on top of the dog and press together.

step 10 - Lay a pocket on top of the dog and press together.

step 11 - Place the dog and pocket close to the side seam gash and about .25” from the bottom edge of the clay on the left side of the coat.  Position the other pocket on the right side of the coat. Press the pocket edges to the coat.

step 11 - Place the dog and pocket close to the side seam gash and about .25” from the bottom edge of the clay on the left side of the coat.  Position the other pocket on the right side of the coat. Press the pocket edges to the coat.

step 12 - With a blade, cut a 3/8” wide strip of white clay long enough to reach from the bottom left to the bottom right of the coat following the outer edge.  Use a toothpick to pull at the clay creating a textured fur surface.

step 12 - With a blade, cut a 3/8” wide strip of white clay long enough to reach from the bottom left to the bottom right of the coat following the outer edge.  Use a toothpick to pull at the clay creating a textured fur surface.

step 13 - Apply the strip to the outside edge of the coat.  Create another strip to fit across the bottom edge.  Blend the overlapping pieces. Cut two more strips for the bottom of the sleeves.  Attach all the strips.

step 13 - Apply the strip to the outside edge of the coat.  Create another strip to fit across the bottom edge.  Blend the overlapping pieces. Cut two more strips for the bottom of the sleeves.  Attach all the strips.

step 14 - Trim the white edges flush with the red clay on the sleeve cuff.

step 14 - Trim the white edges flush with the red clay on the sleeve cuff.

step 15 - Press the white edges together to seal them and connect the sleeve edges.  Lay a loosely rolled piece of aluminum foil inside the sleeve.  Pinch the sleeve seam together.  The foil will remain in the sleeve permanently and allow you to shape it.

step 15 - Press the white edges together to seal them and connect the sleeve edges.  Lay a loosely rolled piece of aluminum foil inside the sleeve.  Pinch the sleeve seam together.  The foil will remain in the sleeve permanently and allow you to shape it.

 
step 16 - To complete the sleeve, use your fingers to press and stretch the top center of the sleeve. Press the sleeve onto the upper left edge of the coat inside the white clay.  Position the second sleeve on the right.

step 16 - To complete the sleeve, use your fingers to press and stretch the top center of the sleeve. Press the sleeve onto the upper left edge of the coat inside the white clay.  Position the second sleeve on the right.

step 17 - Roll a piece of foil and place it under the center back of the coat so it doesn’t lay completely flat.  Bend the sleeves slightly to add character.

step 17 - Roll a piece of foil and place it under the center back of the coat so it doesn’t lay completely flat.  Bend the sleeves slightly to add character.

step 18 - Use an Etch ‘n Pearl tool to make a hole in the top center of the white clay to accommodate a hanger.

step 18 - Use an Etch ‘n Pearl tool to make a hole in the top center of the white clay to accommodate a hanger.

step 19 - Bake the clay at 275 degrees in a 350 degree oven.  Allow to cool completely before handling.
step 20 - Hang the coat on a decorative wire.

Tips
  • Work with each color clay on a separate sheet of wax paper.  Because of the texture of the white clay, it can flake while working with it.  Keeping each color clay on it’s on work surface will eliminate contaminating other colors with white flecks.  
  • Wipe off tools when switching from one color to another, including the conditioning machine.
  • While cutting and shaping clay, work on wax paper.  The paper will slide, allowing you to easily turn the clay to work on all areas.

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Premo Cherry Pie, Ecru, White, and Black clay
  • Sculpey Etch ‘n Pearl Tool
  • Cutting Blade
  • Conditioning machine
  • Bunny cutter

Misc.

  • toothpick
  • wax paper
  • plastic wrap
  • aluminum foil
 

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