Wedding Sconce Light - Groom

See the Bridegroom Sconce Light
See the Bride Sconce Light

See the Bride Sconce Light

 

After recently posting the bride’s version of the sconce light, it occurred to me I had forgotten something very important - the groom!  So here he is in all his handsome finery with a pinstripe tux shirt, silver textured jacket, bow tie and boutonniere.  Hang this masculine sconce light on the end of church pews at an evening wedding to light up the aisle for guests.  Like the bride’s version, this one is also made with clay.  Create both sconces for your favorite couple.

No wiring is required for this project.  The LED light string has its own battery pack with switch hidden away inside the sconce. 

See the suggestions at the bottom of this page for attaching the sconces to pews, walls, or standing alone as centerpieces.  Start your project by downloading the instructions and free templates. 

 

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 A
step 1B
 

step 1 - Print out the cone and the sconce templates on card stock.  Print the pinstripe shirt page on vellum paper. 

step 2 - Shirt Cone - Using the black squares, align the vellum with the cone template.  Cut out the cone through both pages with a craft knife.

step 2 - Shirt Cone - Using the black squares, align the vellum with the cone template.  Cut out the cone through both pages with a craft knife.

step 3 - Create the tux shirt collar by making a 1’ slit in the vertical center of the shirt.  Fold the slit pieces into triangles.

step 3 - Create the tux shirt collar by making a 1’ slit in the vertical center of the shirt.  Fold the slit pieces into triangles.

step 4 - Match the back edges and placetransparent tape along the length.  Fold the tape over to adhere to the other edge.  Set aside. 

step 4 - Match the back edges and placetransparent tape along the length.  Fold the tape over to adhere to the other edge.  Set aside. 

 

step 5 - 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.  Tape the back edges together as you did for the shirt cone.

step 6 - 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. To achieve the shape, press the mold sides flat with the center front and center back aligned, but do not crease the sides. 

step 6 - 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. To achieve the shape, press the mold sides flat with the center front and center back aligned, but do not crease the sides. 

step 7 - Smooth heavy duty aluminum foil snugly over the cone, overlapping the back edges and tucking excess foil inside the top of the cone.

step 7 - Smooth heavy duty aluminum foil snugly over the cone, overlapping the back edges and tucking excess foil inside the top of the cone.

step 8 - The Clay Sconce - Condition and roll out about 4 oz. of silver 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 9 - Covering the work surface with wax paper will allow you to turn the work as needed.  Place the clay pieces on the wax paper and cover them with the Basket Weave Embossing folder.  Using pressure, roll across the folder.  The folder is not large enough to cover all the clay. When you finish embossing one area, gently peel off the folder and set it back down where needed, matching the weave pattern. Carefully peel away the lace.

step 9 - Covering the work surface with wax paper will allow you to turn the work as needed.  Place the clay pieces on the wax paper and cover them with the Basket Weave Embossing folder.  Using pressure, roll across the folder.  The folder is not large enough to cover all the clay. When you finish embossing one area, gently peel off the folder and set it back down where needed, matching the weave pattern. Carefully peel away the lace.

step 10 - Place a piece of plastic wrap over the clay followed by the sconce template.  Cut out the sconce shape with a craft knife.  Remove the template and the plastic wrap.  Reverse the template and cut out the second sconce piece.

step 10 - Place a piece of plastic wrap over the clay followed by the sconce template.  Cut out the sconce shape with a craft knife.  Remove the template and the plastic wrap.  Reverse the template and cut out the second sconce piece.

step 11 - The two sconce pieces should overlap about 1/8” in the center when joined together.  To avoid too much bulk, thin out the left piece center by pressing a craft stick along the edge.

step 11 - The two sconce pieces should overlap about 1/8” in the center when joined together.  To avoid too much bulk, thin out the left piece center by pressing a craft stick along the edge.

step 12 - Cut the card stock lapel away from the sconce template.  Use it as a guide to cut out two clay lapels.  Do not arrange the lapels on the sconce yet.  Cut a half inch long thin piece of clay for the breast pocket and press it in place.

step 12 - Cut the card stock lapel away from the sconce template.  Use it as a guide to cut out two clay lapels.  Do not arrange the lapels on the sconce yet.  Cut a half inch long thin piece of clay for the breast pocket and press it in place.

step 13 - Arrange the right lapel onto the sconce first aligning the edges.  Curve the pointed bottom slightly into the center.  Add the left lapel cutting away excess as it meets the right lapel.  Press the lapels to the clay sconce pieces.  Roll bits of clay in your palm to create the buttons.  Press them onto the sconce.

step 13 - Arrange the right lapel onto the sconce first aligning the edges.  Curve the pointed bottom slightly into the center.  Add the left lapel cutting away excess as it meets the right lapel.  Press the lapels to the clay sconce pieces.  Roll bits of clay in your palm to create the buttons.  Press them onto the sconce.

step 14 - Mix a small piece of red and white clay.  Use a star cutter to create the boutonniere flower.  Curve and stretch the star points up and together.  Use green clay to create a stem.  

step 14 - Mix a small piece of red and white clay.  Use a star cutter to create the boutonniere flower.  Curve and stretch the star points up and together.  Use green clay to create a stem.

 

step 15 - Press the boutonniere onto the lapel.  Make a gash for the buttonhole.  

step 15 - Press the boutonniere onto the lapel.  Make a gash for the buttonhole.

 

step 16 - Cut a bow tie shape from the clay and wrap a thin piece around the center.  Use an Etch ‘n Pearl tool to add detail.

step 16 - Cut a bow tie shape from the clay and wrap a thin piece around the center.  Use an Etch ‘n Pearl tool to add detail.

step 17 - Lift the clay off the work surface peeling away the wax paper.  Center the joined pieces 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 sconce and the bow tie at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Allow the clay to cool completely.  Flatten the mold to release it from the clay.  Slide the finished sconce off the mold.  Apply Turbo Tacky Glue tothe bow tie and stick it on the shirt.

step 17 - Lift the clay off the work surface peeling away the wax paper.  Center the joined pieces 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 sconce and the bow tie at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Allow the clay to cool completely.  Flatten the mold to release it from the clay.  Slide the finished sconce off the mold.  Apply Turbo Tacky Glue tothe bow tie and stick it on the shirt.

Step 19 - 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. 

step 18 - The Lights - Cut a square of netting or any sheer fabric to measure 12" square.  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. Cut off the excess fabric.

step 18 - The Lights - Cut a square of netting or any sheer fabric to measure 12" square.  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. Cut off the excess fabric.

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.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Premo silver clay - 4 oz.
  • Premo white, cadium red (small amount)
  • acrylic roller
  • clay conditioning machine
  • clay slicer or craft knife
  • Etch n’ Pearl tool
  • 18 LED light string
  • Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue

Craft and Scrapbook Stores

  • Vellum paper
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing folder

Miscellaneous

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

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