Wedding Sconce Light - Bride
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
- 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
- heavy duty aluminum foil
- plastic wrap
- transparent scotch tape
- heavy card stock
- netting fabric
- craft sticks