So, I had a go at making the lovely Sania Pell’s clay Christmas decorations last weekend. I can’t believe how easy they were and how well they turned out!
Here’s what I used:
1x 500g pack white DAS air-hardening clay (this amount made 18 decorations)
1x set of Martha Stewart snowflake stamps
1x foot file* (I did warn you this was the unofficial version!)
1x spool baker’s twine**
* unused, promise
**TIP: this is much cheaper if you buy it wholesale from a revolting-looking butcher’s suppliers like this
And here’s how I did it:
1} Carefully remove the clay from its packaging. I was prepared with a rolling pin but found that the clay block was exactly the right dimensions for the finished tags as it was, so I simply cut thin (2mm) slices from the block using a sharp kitchen knife. Reserve a little clay to make the mini tags to layer on top of the larger slices.
2} Pat the tops and edges of your clay slices to tidy them up a bit then use the chopstick to make a hole at the top. Then press the rubber stamps firmly into the clay, turn over and repeat on the other side.
3} Take the reserved clay and make miniature versions of the above using the same method. Lay all the decorations on a clean J cloth and leave to dry. Mine took 3 days to dry completely.
4} Gently smooth the edges using the foot file if necessary (an emery board or a little bit of sandpaper would work too). String together the larger decorations and the mini tags with baker’s twine and knot to make a hanging loop.
I’ll be popping a few decorations in with my Christmas cards this year so my lovely friends and family have a little extra present before the big day. Have you got any Christmas craft projects in the pipeline? I’d love to see what you’re up to so leave a link / pin in the comments!