Witch's Fancy Boot Ornament

Boot measures 3” tall without the 2” wire. 

Boot measures 3” tall without the 2” wire. 

 

Can a good witch have too many boots?  Never!  Just like potions, the more she has the happier she’ll be. This delightful Halloween ornament is sure to please with it’s gold ribbon laces and loopy wire hanger.  You’ll be happy to learn it can be made in less than a half hour right in your kitchen oven.  Fashion the wire while the clay is baking and when it cools, add the ribbon and the wire.  You’ll be finished before your caldron bubbles!

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

Directions

Before you begin, condition each clay color.  All cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily lift off the work when necessary.

step 1 - Download and print the boot template on copy paper.  Roll three strips of black and two strips of plum clay to the same length.  Alternate the colors and twist them together.  Flatten the piece and run it through the conditioning machine to blend the colors in interesting ways.

step 1 - Download and print the boot template on copy paper.  Roll three strips of black and two strips of plum clay to the same length.  Alternate the colors and twist them together.  Flatten the piece and run it through the conditioning machine to blend the colors in interesting ways.

step 2 - When you’re happy with the color mix, lay the clay on a piece of wax paper.  Set the stencil on top and cut through the paper tracing the boot shape with a sharp craft knife.  Mark dots for the lace holes.

step 2 - When you’re happy with the color mix, lay the clay on a piece of wax paper.  Set the stencil on top and cut through the paper tracing the boot shape with a sharp craft knife.  Mark dots for the lace holes.

step 3 - Roll out thin squares of orange and black clay and stack them to one inch high.  Slice through them vertically creating a thin piece to place over the black boot heel.  

step 3 - Roll out thin squares of orange and black clay and stack them to one inch high.  Slice through them vertically creating a thin piece to place over the black boot heel.  

step 4 - Use a large Etch n’ Pearl tool to make holes for the laces and one for the wire hanger.  Use the same tool to draw a line parallel to the holes and below the bottom hole.

step 4 - Use a large Etch n’ Pearl tool to make holes for the laces and one for the wire hanger.  Use the same tool to draw a line parallel to the holes and below the bottom hole.

step 5 - Bake the boot on a foil lined baking sheet in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Allow the clay to cool before handling.

step 6 - The 1/4” width will be too wide to fit into the lace holes in the boot.  Cut a 10” length of the ribbon in half with scissors.

step 6 - The 1/4” width will be too wide to fit into the lace holes in the boot.  Cut a 10” length of the ribbon in half with scissors.

step 7 - Thread the ribbon through a beading needle and bring it through the bottom lace hole from front to back.  Leave a tail on it long enough to wrap around to the backside.

step 7 - Thread the ribbon through a beading needle and bring it through the bottom lace hole from front to back.  Leave a tail on it long enough to wrap around to the backside.

step 8 - Thread the ribbon through all the holes from front to back.  Bring the needle under the last wrap until you have a loop.  Bring the needle under the wrap again until you have another loop.  Tie the two loops together into a knot.

step 8 - Thread the ribbon through all the holes from front to back.  Bring the needle under the last wrap until you have a loop.  Bring the needle under the wrap again until you have another loop.  Tie the two loops together into a knot.

step 9 - Bend the bottom tail to the back of the boot and glue in place with E6000 adhesive.

step 9 - Bend the bottom tail to the back of the boot and glue in place with E6000 adhesive.

step 10 - Cut a piece of black wire to measure 4”.  Roll one end into a spiral using flat nose pliers.  Wrap the remainder of the wire around a magic marker twice in opposite directions, smoothing the wire over the marker in an “S” shape.  Make a 90 degree angle in the wire then curl the end into a loop with round nose pliers.  Put the wire through the hole in the top of the boot before closing the loop. 

step 10 - Cut a piece of black wire to measure 4”.  Roll one end into a spiral using flat nose pliers.  Wrap the remainder of the wire around a magic marker twice in opposite directions, smoothing the wire over the marker in an “S” shape.  Make a 90 degree angle in the wire then curl the end into a loop with round nose pliers.  Put the wire through the hole in the top of the boot before closing the loop. 

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Clay - Gentle Plum 1/2 oz., Black 1/2 oz., Orange 1/2 oz.,
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Etch n’ Pearl tool
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade
  • E-6000 glue
  • 1/4” gold ribbon
  • beading needle
  • black wire 18 gauge

Miscellaneous

  • aluminum foil
  • Wax paper
  • craft knife
  • scissors
  • magic marker

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