Wedding Sconce Light - Bride

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See the Bridegroom Sconce Light

See the Bridegroom Sconce Light

 

Imagine these pretty light sconces hanging on the end of church pews at an evening wedding lighting up the aisle for guests.  Now imagine telling everyone, “We made them with clay.”  If you don’t plan to walk down the aisle soon, create them for friends, a most welcome and unexpected gift! 

In both his an hers versions, beautiful details abound in this project.  From the bride’s sculpted bridal dress bodice to the pearls, to the lights diffused behind scroll printed vellum paper.  The sconce can also be used as a table centerpiece resting on a metal stand.  No wiring is required.  The LED light string has its own battery pack with switch hidden away in the sconce.  The lights are scooped together in a square of netting, much like wedding favors. 

There are many ways to change the look of this project.  Add color if you like, or bolder lace for embossing the clay.  Experiment with cones made from different vellum papers.  There are many available at craft and scrapbooking stores, like the sweet dotted swiss version above. How you attach the sconces will depend on the venue and whether they will go on a wall, a pew or other surface.  See the suggestions at the bottom of this page.  Download the project instructions and free templates.  Wherever they are displayed, these divine sconces will add ambiance to any room.

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

Directions

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step 1 - Print out the sconce and the cone templates.  Cut a sheet of paper to 8.5” x 8.5” and fold it diagonally.  Place the half cone template on the paper with the center front aligned with the fold.  Trace the template and cut out for a full template.  Using the full template, cut one cone from vellum.  If the light is too bright or visible behind the vellum paper you choose, cut a cone liner from a stencil blank which will help diffuse the light.  Cut 1/8” off the top edge of the blank so when it is placed inside the vellum cone it will match in height.  Complete the cone following step 3.

step 2 - The Mold - Use the cone template to cut a sturdy card stock cone which will serve as the mold for the clay.  The stock you use in your printer isn’t the ideal weight. It should be rigid enough to hold its shape but light enough to form into the cone shape.

step 3 - Connect the back edges by placing pieces of transparent scotch tape along one back edge.  Match the two edges and fold the tape over to catch the second edge.

step 3 - Connect the back edges by placing pieces of transparent scotch tape along one back edge.  Match the two edges and fold the tape over to catch the second edge.

step 4 - Press the mold cone sides flat with the center front and center back aligned, but do not crease the sides.  The finished sconce should not be a round cone shape like a party hat but more a party hat that has been flattened a bit.

step 4 - Press the mold cone sides flat with the center front and center back aligned, but do not crease the sides.  The finished sconce should not be a round cone shape like a party hat but more a party hat that has been flattened a bit.

 
step 5 - Smooth heavy duty aluminum foil snugly over the cone, overlapping the back edges.

step 5 - Smooth heavy duty aluminum foil snugly over the cone, overlapping the back edges.

step 6 - The Clay Sconce - Condition and roll out about 4 oz. of white clay on the widest setting of the conditioning machine.  Work with half of the clay at a time to create two pieces large enough for the sconce template. 

step 7 - Cover the pieceswith plastic wrap followed by the template.  Use a craft knife to cut out the shapes. 

step 8 - Remove the plastic covering. Lift the halves and place them on a work surface covered with plastic wrap or wax paper.  Push the pieces together and blend the center front seam with a clay shaping tool.

step 8 - Remove the plastic covering. Lift the halves and place them on a work surface covered with plastic wrap or wax paper.  Push the pieces together and blend the center front seam with a clay shaping tool.

step 9 - Place a piece of lace over the clay. Roll across the surface with an acrylic roller to emboss the clay with the lace design. Carefully peel away the lace.

step 9 - Place a piece of lace over the clay. Roll across the surface with an acrylic roller to emboss the clay with the lace design. Carefully peel away the lace.

step 10 - Press a craft stick down on one back edge of the clay to create a flat 1/4" border.  This will allow you to overlap the two back edges without bulk.

step 10 - Press a craft stick down on one back edge of the clay to create a flat 1/4" border.  This will allow you to overlap the two back edges without bulk.

step 11 - Roll enough clay with the texture wheel to fit the top heart shape trim of the sconce and the bottom edge.  Use the craft knife to cut close to the texture design on the left and right edges.  

step 11 - Roll enough clay with the texture wheel to fit the top heart shape trim of the sconce and the bottom edge.  Use the craft knife to cut close to the texture design on the left and right edges.  

step 12 - Press the trim to the top of the heart shape and along the bottom edge.  The trim should not overlap but rather butt up against the clay.  Use a craft stick to push the trim against the clay without distorting the shape. Push three 6 mm pearls into the center of the sconce.

step 12 - Press the trim to the top of the heart shape and along the bottom edge.  The trim should not overlap but rather butt up against the clay.  Use a craft stick to push the trim against the clay without distorting the shape. Push three 6 mm pearls into the center of the sconce.

step 13 - Arrange seed pearls randomly on the front embossed areas.  When you're certain of placement, push down on the beads with the flat wide edge of a ruler to evenly embed them into the clay.

step 13 - Arrange seed pearls randomly on the front embossed areas.  When you're certain of placement, push down on the beads with the flat wide edge of a ruler to evenly embed them into the clay.

step 14 - Lift the sconce clay off the work surface peeling off the plastic backing (or wax paper).  Center the clay over the foil covered mold.  Overlap and blend the back seam together.  Turn the work with the seam side down on a foil lined baking sheet.  Bake the clay at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Allow the clay to cool completely.  

step 14 - Lift the sconce clay off the work surface peeling off the plastic backing (or wax paper).  Center the clay over the foil covered mold.  Overlap and blend the back seam together.  Turn the work with the seam side down on a foil lined baking sheet.  Bake the clay at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Allow the clay to cool completely.

 

step 15 - Flatten the mold to release it from the clay.  Slide the finished sconce off the mold.  

step 15 - Flatten the mold to release it from the clay.  Slide the finished sconce off the mold.

 

step 16 - The Lights - Cut a square of netting to measure 20".  Place the lights ( not the battery pack) loosely in the square.  Bring all the corners of the netting together and secure them by wrapping the fabric with thread. 

step 16 - The Lights - Cut a square of netting to measure 20".  Place the lights ( not the battery pack) loosely in the square.  Bring all the corners of the netting together and secure them by wrapping the fabric with thread. 

step 17 - Assembly - Put batteries in the light pack.  Place the battery pack and the lights in the cone.  Slip the cone into the sconce. The light switch should be positioned for easy access.  Arrange netting to stick out the top.

step 17 - Assembly - Put batteries in the light pack.  Place the battery pack and the lights in the cone.  Slip the cone into the sconce. The light switch should be positioned for easy access.  Arrange netting to stick out the top.

Suggestions For Displaying The Sconce

• Gently drill two parallel holes in the upper back of the sconce.  If you know in advance you will be using this option, make the holes in the clay before baking.  Thread a ribbon through the holes. Wide sheer white ribbon is a decorative choice and provides a sturdy loop around the edge of a pew.  Tie a bow in the ribbon ends.
• When hanging from a hook on a wall, gently drill a hole in the clay to fit the size of the nail or screw in the wall.
• To hang the sconce without drilling holes in it, roll a strip of clay, shape it into a loop and press it to the back of the sconce before baking.  
• For a centerpiece, no hanger is required.  Set the sconce on a metal easel or reshape the bottom of the sconce so it can stand on its own.

Tips

If for some reason, the backs of your clay pieces don't meet, add a strip of clay up the inside center back to connect them before baking. 


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Premo white clay - 4 oz.
  • acrylic roller
  • texture wheel
  • clay conditioning machine
  • clay slicer or craft knife
  • three 6mm pearls
  • seed pearls
  • 18 LED light string

Craft and Scrapbook Stores

  • Vellum paper

Miscellaneous

  • heavy duty aluminum foil
  • plastic wrap
  • transparent scotch tape
  • heavy card stock
  • netting fabric
  • thread
  • craft sticks
 

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