Polymer Clay Butterfly Christmas Ornament
Show your love of butterflies this holiday season by making your own butterfly Christmas ornaments out of polymer clay. It is fun - and easy. Choose a variety of polymer clay that you can bake in an oven and glass ornaments in any shape or size you choose, cut the butterfly shapes out and decorate them. Then attach the decorated polymer clay butterflies to the glass ornaments by gently pressing them into place, bake and then hang your new handmade ornaments on your holiday tree. It really is that simple. In fact, this is a great project to do with children.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make these gorgeous polymer clay butterfly Christmas ornaments.
To begin, collect all of your materials - clay, clay rolling pin, non-stick craft mat and the molds you intend to use to make the butterfly shapes with. The ones I chose were the Lisa Pavelka butterfly embossing cutters. They come in a set of 3 - and all 3 are a slightly different size.
I then rolled the clay out to approximately 1/4 inch thick - making sure that I turned it over a couple of times to make sure both sides of the clay were smooth. Once I was satisfied with the way the clay looked, I used the butterfly embossing cutters to cut out the butterflies. I cut 2 large butterflies, 3 medium butterflies and 5 small butterflies. The Christmas ornament I used was a round 2 5/8" iridescent glass ball.
Once all the butterflies were cut out, I decorated each one individually. I used a combination of Swarovski Crystals, paint specially formulated for polymer clay and Jacquard Pearl-Ex pigments. Then I gently pressed each decorated butterfly onto the glass ornament, making sure none of them touched the other.
Once I was satisfied with the way the Christmas ornament looked, I removed the metal hanger that the ornament came with and laid it onto a piece of aluminum foil that I had folded in half, then in half again to make it fit inside the aluminium throw-away pan I was using to bake the ornaments in. I made a tent out of a second piece of aluminum foil to cover the top of the pan making sure that air could escape on both ends. Once the ornament was secure in the baking pan, I put it in the oven and followed the manufacturer instructions on the specific brand of clay I was using.
These ornaments are very hot when they come out of the oven. Be sure to use hot pads when removing the baking pan and allow the ornament to sit in the pan and cool before you try to handle it.
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