Seasonal License Plate Frame

ornament glass measures 4”

While this license plate frame has Halloween bats, a haunted house, tree and a special message, I can’t help but think of how many different ways you could add your own sentiment for any holiday or occasion.  Christmas, Valentine’s day, July 4th, anytime you want to change your frame to suit the occasion you can do it easily and inexpensively with clay.  I glued my clay elements on my frame because this one is plastic.  My next frame will be metal which will allow me to arrange the clay directly on the frame and bake it in the oven.

Before you begin, condition clay.  Cutting should be done on plastic film, which will allow you to easily rotate or lift off 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 - Roll out conditioned black clay on setting #2 of the conditioning machine.  Use a butterfly cutter (included in Sculpey’s “Nature” collection) to cut out 4 or 5 butterflies.  This will be an appropriate thickness for all the clay pieces.

step 1 - Roll out conditioned black clay on setting #2 of the conditioning machine.  Use a butterfly cutter (included in Sculpey’s “Nature” collection) to cut out 4 or 5 butterflies.  This will be an appropriate thickness for all the clay pieces.

step 2 - Turn the butterflies into bats by pressing the round end of the smallest Etch N Pearl tool to the edges of the wings.  Stick the pointy end into the center of the head and pull upward.  This will create the bat ears.

step 2 - Turn the butterflies into bats by pressing the round end of the smallest Etch N Pearl tool to the edges of the wings.  Stick the pointy end into the center of the head and pull upward.  This will create the bat ears.

step 3 - Print out the haunted house stencil on card stock.  Use a craft knife to cut out the image.  Place the card stock on black clay and cut it out with the knife.  Add bits of orange clay for doors and windows.

step 3 - Print out the haunted house stencil on card stock.  Use a craft knife to cut out the image.  Place the card stock on black clay and cut it out with the knife.  Add bits of orange clay for doors and windows.

step 4 - Print and cut out the “Gone Haunting” message on card stock.   Mark the center of the message.

step 4 - Print and cut out the “Gone Haunting” message on card stock.   Mark the center of the message.

step 5 - Roll out and cut a strip of clay to measure 11” x 1”. 

step 5 - Roll out and cut a strip of clay to measure 11” x 1”. 

step 6 - Place the message stencil on the strip of clay to impress it with the letters.  With an acrylic roller, roll across it until the letters are raised to the height of the card stock. Carefully peel the card stockfrom the clay.  The roller may have stretched the strip a bit.  Re-cut it to 11” x 1” if necessary. 

step 6 - Place the message stencil on the strip of clay to impress it with the letters.  With an acrylic roller, roll across it until the letters are raised to the height of the card stock. Carefully peel the card stockfrom the clay.  The roller may have stretched the strip a bit.  Re-cut it to 11” x 1” if necessary. 

step 7 - Use an extruder or roll thin strips of clay with your hands across the work surface.  Create seven tubes for the tree.  Twist three tube around each other leaving about 1.50” loose on each end.

step 7 - Use an extruder or roll thin strips of clay with your hands across the work surface.  Create seven tubes for the tree.  Twist three tube around each other leaving about 1.50” loose on each end.

step 8 - Using the frame as your guide, plan the height of the tree and placement of the branches and roots.  If you are working with a metal frame you can do this directly on the metal.

step 8 - Using the frame as your guide, plan the height of the tree and placement of the branches and roots.  If you are working with a metal frame you can do this directly on the metal.

Step 9 - Bake the bats, the house, the tree and the message strip in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before handling.

step 10 - Although it will require two coats, painting the letters will be easy because they are raised off the surface of the strip. Using a Q-tip dipped in acrylic paint, touch the applicator on a paper towel to remove excess.  Dab the paint lightly to the surface of the letters.  Pressing too hard will force paint outside the borders of the raised areas.  This paint application will be dry by the time you finish the last letter which will allow you to immediately apply the second coat.  When dry spray with Glosscote.

step 10 - Although it will require two coats, painting the letters will be easy because they are raised off the surface of the strip. Using a Q-tip dipped in acrylic paint, touch the applicator on a paper towel to remove excess.  Dab the paint lightly to the surface of the letters.  Pressing too hard will force paint outside the borders of the raised areas.  This paint application will be dry by the time you finish the last letter which will allow you to immediately apply the second coat.  When dry spray with Glosscote.

step 11 - Apply E6000 adhesive to the wrong side of the haunted house and bats.  Attach them to the frame as desired.

step 11 - Apply E6000 adhesive to the wrong side of the haunted house and bats.  Attach them to the frame as desired.

step 12 - Use E6000 to glue the message to the frame close to the right edge.  It should not be centered on the frame which will allow room for tree roots on the left side.

step 12 - Use E6000 to glue the message to the frame close to the right edge.  It should not be centered on the frame which will allow room for tree roots on the left side.

step 13 - Glue the tree to the frame.  If any of your branches or roots need trimming use a craft knife to cut through them.

step 13 - Glue the tree to the frame.  If any of your branches or roots need trimming use a craft knife to cut through them.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  •  Sculpey Premo Clay -2 oz. Black, bits of   Orange
  •  Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  •  Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
  •  Sculpey Acrylic Roller
  •  Sculpey Etch N Pearl Tool
  •  Aztek Acrylic Orange Paint
  •  Glosscote
  •  E6000 adhesive
  •  Sculpey “Nature” cutters
  •  license plate frame

Miscellaneous

  •  plastic wrap
  •  card stock
  •  craft knife
  •  Q-Tips

 

 

 

 

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