Woodland Sconce Light

sconce measures 4.25” x 5.50”

sconce measures 4.25” x 5.50”

There are many ways to bring light into a room.  This wall sconce offers soft illumination without the need to poke holes in the wall to install wiring.  Battery operated lighting and an easy access switch are hidden behind the sconce.  This clay project has the look of carved wood with the help of a stencil.  Pressed into the clay, the stencil raises the leaf images.  The leaf shapes are cut out of the sconce and a thin sheet of translucent clay lines the holes, allowing light to seep out.  This project is bound to brighten your evenings!

Before you begin, condition all clay colors.  Cutting should be done on plastic film which will allow you to easily rotate 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 - Cut a 4” round mailing tube down the sides to create two matching 5.50” tall half containers to act as your mold.

step 1 - Cut a 4” round mailing tube down the sides to create two matching 5.50” tall half containers to act as your mold.

step 2 - You will need approximately two ounces of Bronze, one ounce of Tan and four ounces of White Translucent clay.  Pass Bronze and Tan pieces through the conditioning machine on the# 1 setting.  With a 1.50” cutter, create four squares of each. 

step 2 - You will need approximately two ounces of Bronze, one ounce of Tan and four ounces of White Translucent clay.  Pass Bronze and Tan pieces through the conditioning machine on the# 1 setting.  With a 1.50” cutter, create four squares of each. 

step 3 - Stack two sets (4 pieces each) of squares alternating the Bronze and Tan colors.

step 3 - Stack two sets (4 pieces each) of squares alternating the Bronze and Tan colors.

step 4 - On the #2 setting, roll enough translucent clay to create one5.50” x 7.25” rectangle.  You will have to join two clay pieces to create the size needed.  This will be the foundation for the sconce.  Roll another piece which will be the “shade” which will allow light to shine through leaf shapes in the sconce.   Roll on #3 setting to measure 5” x 6.75”.

 

step 5 - Make thin layers of mixed clay to cover the foundation.  Begin by cutting down throughthe clay stacks to create 1/2” wide slices.  Roll each in the palm of your hands.  Twist the rolls three or four times.  One by one, put them through the machine on the #1 setting.  Roll the pieces again in your palms, twist three or four times then put them through the machine on#6 setting. 

step 5 - Make thin layers of mixed clay to cover the foundation.  Begin by cutting down throughthe clay stacks to create 1/2” wide slices.  Roll each in the palm of your hands.  Twist the rolls three or four times.  One by one, put them through the machine on the #1 setting.  Roll the pieces again in your palms, twist three or four times then put them through the machine on#6 setting. 

step 6 - Cut a straight side edge on one of the thin layers.  Position it on the large translucent rectangle. Continue adding thin layers, trimming the sides as necessary, until the rectangle is covered.  Blend the seams with your fingers. Place wax paper over the clay and flip it over.  Cut away clay that extends beyond the rectangle.  Turn the clay back to the right side.

step 6 - Cut a straight side edge on one of the thin layers.  Position it on the large translucent rectangle. Continue adding thin layers, trimming the sides as necessary, until the rectangle is covered.  Blend the seams with your fingers. Place wax paper over the clay and flip it over.  Cut away clay that extends beyond the rectangle.  Turn the clay back to the right side.

step 7 - Print the leaf stencil on card stock.  Use a craft knife to cut out the images.  Rub powder on the back of the stencil and place it on the clay.  Run an acrylic roller across the surface to transfer the image to the clay.  The clay should be flush with the surface of the card stock for dimensional results.  Carefully peel away the stencil.

step 7 - Print the leaf stencil on card stock.  Use a craft knife to cut out the images.  Rub powder on the back of the stencil and place it on the clay.  Run an acrylic roller across the surface to transfer the image to the clay.  The clay should be flush with the surface of the card stock for dimensional results.  Carefully peel away the stencil.

step 8 - Use a craft knife to cut away the leaf shapes.

step 8 - Use a craft knife to cut away the leaf shapes.

step 9 - Flip the clay over and press the smaller translucent rectangle onto the clay to cover the leaf cut outs.

step 9 - Flip the clay over and press the smaller translucent rectangle onto the clay to cover the leaf cut outs.

step 10 - Lay a piece of printer paper inside the clay mold to protect it from picking up lint or imperfections in the cardboard.

step 10 - Lay a piece of printer paper inside the clay mold to protect it from picking up lint or imperfections in the cardboard.

step 11 - Place the right side of the clay into the mold.  Roll a scrap of bronze clay into a uniform tube and press it to the top and bottom curves.  Cut the excess tube flush with the sides of the sconce.  The tubes willprovide a finished look to the sconce.

step 11 - Place the right side of the clay into the mold.  Roll a scrap of bronze clay into a uniform tube and press it to the top and bottom curves.  Cut the excess tube flush with the sides of the sconce.  The tubes willprovide a finished look to the sconce.

step 12 - Fold two4” x 1” pieces of scrap Bronze clay in half lengthwise to create hangers.  Bend them into 90 degree angles and poke a hole in one half of each.  Press them to the inside of the clay two inches from the top.  Crumble aluminum foil and set it under the hangers to keep them from drooping while baking.  Set the project in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool before handling.  

step 12 - Fold two4” x 1” pieces of scrap Bronze clay in half lengthwise to create hangers.  Bend them into 90 degree angles and poke a hole in one half of each.  Press them to the inside of the clay two inches from the top.  Crumble aluminum foil and set it under the hangers to keep them from drooping while baking.  Set the project in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool before handling.  

step 13 - Make marks on the inside of the sconce one inch from the top.  The marks will guide your shelf placement.  The shelf will hold the battery pack close to the top of the sconce.

step 13 - Make marks on the inside of the sconce one inch from the top.  The marks will guide your shelf placement.  The shelf will hold the battery pack close to the top of the sconce.

step 14 - Trace the mailing tube lid to create a half circle from stiff cardboard that will fit inside the top of the sconce.  This will be the shelf.  Run a line of hot glue on the marks you made and press the cardboard into it.

step 14 - Trace the mailing tube lid to create a half circle from stiff cardboard that will fit inside the top of the sconce.  This will be the shelf.  Run a line of hot glue on the marks you made and press the cardboard into it.

step 15 - Create a wash with brown paint.  Brush it onto the clay then wipe away or dab at raised surfaces with a soft cloth, allowing the paint to darken the recesses.

step 15 - Create a wash with brown paint.  Brush it onto the clay then wipe away or dab at raised surfaces with a soft cloth, allowing the paint to darken the recesses.

step 16 - Apply hot glue on the tray surface and adhere the battery pack.  Be sure the switch is facing up.  Wind the lightsin a circle and tape the bottom of them to the inside of the sconce to keep them from falling out.  Rearrange the wires if necessary to bring light to all of the leaf cut outs.

step 16 - Apply hot glue on the tray surface and adhere the battery pack.  Be sure the switch is facing up.  Wind the lightsin a circle and tape the bottom of them to the inside of the sconce to keep them from falling out.  Rearrange the wires if necessary to bring light to all of the leaf cut outs.

Tip

To add additional dimension to the image on the clay, cut two or more identical stencils and glue them back to back with a glue stick.  The extra card stock thickness will increase the depth of the image impression.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Clay - White Translucent 4 oz., Tan 1 oz., Bronze 2 oz.
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
  • Sculpey acrylic roller
  • 1.50” square cutter
  • 18 LED battery operated light string

Miscellaneous

  • wax paper or plastic film
  • 4” round mailing tube
  • cardboard
  • craft knife
  • card stock
  • printer paper
  • heavy duty aluminum foil

 

 

 

 

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