Polymer Clay Wedding Favor
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Polymer Clay Wedding Favor

This Asian themed votive candle holder makes a gorgeous wedding favor. Designed by Amy Koranek
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Sculpey III®: Pearl, Hot Pink, Chocolate
  • Pasta Machine or Acrylic Clay Roller
  • Clay Blade
  • Sculpey Style & Detail Tool (6mm ball stylus tool, 2mm ball stylus tool)
  • 3-inch x 3-inch Square Glass Votive Holder
  • Votive Candle
  • Square Cookie Cutter (2-1/2-inch x 2-1/2-inch) or Cardstock Template (2-1/2-inch x 2-1/2-inch)
  • Circle Cutters (1-1/8-inch and 7/8-inch diameter)
  • Super Glue Gel
  • Coordinating Ribbon
 

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Votive Side

Roll a sheet of Pearl clay on the Clay Conditioning Machine using the 3rd setting, or hand roll a sheet that is approximately 1/16-inch thick. Cut a piece that is approximately 2-1/2-inch square. Gently press this sheet of clay to the side of the glass votive holder.


Step: 2

Take 8 parts conditioned Chocolate clay and 1 part conditioned Pearl clay. Twist the two colors together to partially mix them. Do not mix the colors completely since you will want a “marbled” look. Roll the mixed clay into a long rope no more than 3/16-inch thick with a tapered end. Begin making a basic trunk for your tree with this rope of clay. When you are happy with the shape of the trunk, flatten it to the Pearl Background.


Step: 3

Roll the remainder of your 3/16-inch rope thinner (about 1/8-inch thick). Add tiny thin branches along the side of the trunk.


Step: 4

Take 4 parts conditioned Pearl and 1 part conditioned Hot Pink. Twist the two colors together to partially mix them but do not mix them completely. Roll a rope that is about 1/8-inch thick. Cut tiny pieces of clay from the Pearl/Hot Pink rope and roll them into balls. Press them along the sides of the branches in clusters.


Step: 5

Texture the blossom petals by gently pressing into the petals with the 6mm ball stylus tool to make slight indentations.


Step: 6

Roll several small balls of the Hot Pink clay and press them into the center of any clusters of the pink petals. Place some of the same Hot Pink balls onto the trunk and on the Pearl base if you desire.


Step: 7

Tag

Mix equal parts Chocolate and Pearl clay. Roll a sheet of this mixture of clay on a past machine using the 3rd setting, or hand roll a sheet that is approximately 1/16-inch thick and cut out a 1-1/8-inch circle. Roll a sheet of Pearl clay on the Clay Conditioning Machine using the 3rd setting, or hand roll a sheet that is approximately 1/16-inch thick and cut out a 7/8-inch circle. Press the 7/8-inch circle of Pearl clay onto top of the 1-1/8-inch circle of the Chocolate/Pearl piece.


Step: 8

Press 5 small balls of Pearl/Hot Pink mixture onto the stacked circles.


Step: 9

Texture the petals with the 6mm ball tool and add very tiny Pink balls to the center of the flower.


Step: 10

Poke a hole with the 2mm ball tool for the ribbon.


Step: 11

Finishing

Place the covered votive and the tag on a baking sheet and bake according to the clay package instructions. Let cool completely before removing from the baking sheet. Gently remove the clay from the side of the votive and permanently attach with super glue gel. Take the coordinating ribbon and sting it through the hole you poked in the tag.


Tips

Make sure to clean hands and tools before starting your project. Conditioning Pearl clay for the entire 2 minutes assures a beautiful luster when baked. Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Knead clay for 2 minutes. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275º F (130º C) for 15 minutes per 6 mm (1/4-inch) of thickness. Do not use in microwave oven. Do not exceed the above temperatures or recommended baking time. Baking should be completed by an adult. Wash hands after use.