Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Attempt at Christmas Ornaments

It's a rather pathetic attempt, so far I've manage to finish three.

One of the gals over on Polymer Clay Central made bunches of beautiful glass ornaments decorated with polymer clay.  "Looks like fun" says I, "I think I'll give it a try.".   So I bundle up and head over to WalMart. Walmart is now the only place in town to buy things including  ornaments, they ran all the other stores out of town, even the dollar store couldn't compete...but I digress I was talking ornaments.  And of course they did not have any glass ornaments, only "shatterproof" plastic.  Boooooo!! I really miss Ben Franklin, they closed not long after WalMart came to town but I still miss them.

Next day Heather, Roger and I went to Michaels over in Edwardsville, I needed some clay supplies and while we were there I found some gold and brown glass ornaments.... and they were on sale... perfect, now I could  slap clay on them to my hearts content.  Speaking of sales, have you ever noticed half of Micheals inventory is always on sale.... you think they see us coming?  Plus I had my 50% off coupon which I always forget to use.

Later that evening, after I got hubby off to work, I whistled a happy tune as I laid out my supplies, got out the clay and started mixing colors. I made some stripes, I made some flowers, I cut some stars , I cleaned the first ornament and with much anticipation I placed the first line of clay on the glass.... huh.... it would not stick.... nope, not sticking at all. It stuck to my fingers, it stuck to the acrylic rod, it even stuck to the parchment paper but not to the glass.  After much smoothing and rolling .... and swearing... I finally got it to stick... the back of my fingernail worked the best, I've pretty sure the swearing helped too.  Here are the results so far.

Click on the photos for a closer look.

I had almost as much fun trying to get photos as I did making these blasted things!! Shiny ornaments have lots of glare... grrrrrr!

I used Kato clay for these and I anchored the tendrils with Kato liquid clay. Next time I will try Premo and Fimo Classic... oh, and I will try Pardo Art Clay, maybe it will stick better. 


  1. beeeeeej, these are awesome. love love love the middle one

  2. What beautiful ornaments. I especially love how you decorated the brown one with the flowers and tendrils. So talented.

    Sandy Prenzi

  3. I'm sorry it's been a hassle! But they look good... I think you might be happier with clear glass ornaments if you could find them (Michael's usually has them). The clay really does hate sticking to those that are already coated. The copper one is my fave!

  4. Thanks Kathi

    Thank you Sandy

    Good to know Jackie, I will look for some of the clear one.

  5. BJ, do you have a Big Lots near by? That is where I get my glass ornaments. I use the silver ones most of all and have no trouble getting any of the brands of clay to stick to them. Maybe it is just beginners luck for me? But I love the colors and placements. They are absolutely beautiful! MK Ozarks

  6. Thanks MK, I think there is a Big Lots in Fairview Heights... I'll check after the holidays and be ready for next year. Never hurts to plan ahead, lol. BJ