Stamped Sculpey Clay Ornaments

Yay, the world didn’t end! That means we can keep crafting! šŸ™‚ I’ve wanted to play with oven-bake clay for a while now so I picked up a package of Original Sculpey oven-bake clay at A.C. Moore’s the other day.Ā  This stuff is great – it’s very easy to work with and only took me just a minute of kneading it for it to become very pliable. I can see why it’s good for kids crafts as well! DSC_0497 I decided to try stamping the clay. I broke out a bunch of random stamps including a set of small alphabet stamps. After some experimenting, I would recommend using stamps with heavy lines. The stamps with fine details didn’t work as well. DSC_0498 I see these small letter stamp sets in the $1 bins at all the craft stores! I’ve even seen them at Walmart. Scoop ’em up when you see them, because they work AWESOME for this project! Helpful tip: write the letter / number on each side of the stamp so it’s easier to find the stamps you are looking for when they are strewn all over your craft area! šŸ˜› DSC_0499 Since I do things the ghetto-fabulous way, I used different sized wine glasses / flutes as my ornament cutters. You could also use cookie cutters, which I did not think of until after the fact…duh! (Disclaimer: I would not recommend doing using glasses that you plan to drink out of, because I don’t want to be responsible for getting you sick! Same with using knives and cookie sheets…technically you are supposed to keep your clay and food/cooking tools separate. Honestly, I just wash them really good and use them again like normal, and so far, I’ve lived!) DSC_0501 I rolled out the clay to approximately 1/4″, cut out the circles using my glasses, and then stamped them. There were many re-do’s and mistakes…I found some stamps worked well and some didn’t. You gotta just play around and see what looks best! I poked a small hole in the top of each pendant using a toothpick. I’ve seen others use a straw for a bigger hole. DSC_0506 Follow the Sculpey directions on the box to baking times. I baked mine at 275 Ā°F for 15 minutes, and they came out great. After letting them cool completely, they were quite hard and durable. DSC_0507 And now for painting! Again – experimenting here. Upon tons of Googling, I found you should use water based acrylic craft paints, unless you are going to seal them first, which I didn’t want to bother with. I used the acrylic craft paints below, which happen to be super cheap too. I think these pains were $.50 each from the craft store if I remember correctly! šŸ™‚ DSC_0513 I tried a couple of different techniques with varying results. Technique #1 was painting over the stamp indents to get paint down in the creases, and then wiping off the surface with a DAMP paper towel. DSC_0515 Here are they results (below). They come out good if the stamp is deep enough. Otherwise, the paint easily wipes right out of the indented areas. See the middle of the bird cage on the left? I didn’t evenly press down the stamp, so some areas show up better with the paint than others. The key one came out pretty good! DSC_0519 Technique #2, which I really like, is to paint the whole surface and then wipe off the paint with a DRY paper towel. This leaves some paint on the surface, almost like a “stain”, while also leaving paint down in the grooves of the stamped design. DSC_0520 Here’s the result. I like this better, because the color on the surface kind of covers up any imperfections and adds to the “vintage” look. šŸ™‚ DSC_0521 Another way to do this would be just paint the surface with the desired color and then wipe, faced down, on the dry paper towel like this:

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That seemed to work well in keeping the paint down in the grooves but leaving a nice over-all color stain on the surface. I also found you can do this, let it dry, and do this technique over again to get bolder colors! Here is the result of doing it twice:

DSC_0531 Technique #3 was doing the 1st method (paint then wipe off with a damp paper towel) and then letting it dry…then doing a light “wash”, if you will, with another color. I started with black lines: DSC_0527 And then diluted some green (with a bit of water) and painted over it. I then wiped it with a dry paper towel to leave some green staining on the surface. DSC_0528

The result is the one in the picture below, on the bottom left. The same technique was used for the other two in this pic, but different colors. This is my fave I think! Love the two-tone look!

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After they dried, I sealed them with the hard coat Mod Podge. It dried with a very subtle matte finish, and you couldn’t even tell it was there. The sparkle Mod Podge would be cool too, especially for Christmas ornaments, but I didn’t end up using it for this project.

DSC_0514 Here are some close-up’s. I used thin jute twine I had lying around to hang them up. I think for a first try, they came out pretty neat! DSC_0535 DSC_0541 DSC_0540 My mind is spinning with ideas…these would be great as custom Christmas ornaments, tags for gifts, wedding favors, or just little ornies to hang around the house! Small ones for jewelry pendants, wine glass charms, or big ones as coasters! If only I had more time! DSC_0539 I found some other craft blogs with some variations on this project: Clean, simple, white ornaments from Little Lovelies: ornaments10 Or these fun, colorful little doodads from Neat and Tangled: ClayFinished And some more great personalized Christmas ornies from Then She Made:

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Hope you were able to get some ideas from my day of fooling around Sculpey and the links I have posted above! There is so much potential here! I can’t wait to work on some more and maybe create some ornies to sell in my Etsy store! šŸ™‚ Also coming soon to my Etsy: tons of awesome real antique skeleton keys, bulk rose hips, cinnamon sticks, and more! Stay tuned!!! Oh yeah, and Happy New Year!!!!!!! šŸ˜› Cheers!

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Phyllis Pajka
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 17:28:12

    You did such a wonderful job. They are so nice looking and will make great gifts most any time of year. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  2. CASSIE ILTEN
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 18:16:00

    Oh my! Those turned out amazing!!

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  3. cheryl
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 19:15:44

    They look great! I worked with sculpey one time and sealed it with a spray oil based sealer. It got sticky and never did dry completely. Maybe as long as the sealer is waterbased, any sealer would work. I love Varathane from Lowes. It is expensive but awesome.

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  4. cheryl
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 19:23:42

    I was just doing some searching in Pinterest for things made with sculpey and came across this link to the ehow of making your own sculpey.
    I didn’t know you could make it. I love pinterest:)

    http://www.ehow.com/how_7162349_make-sculpey-clay.html

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  5. Stacy
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 21:06:44

    I have done this stamping then painting technique with salt dough ornaments. Instead of using a 2 step painting process, I stamp the ornaments with stamps inked with STAZ-ON ink berfore I bake them. You can use any color but I usuallly use black or brown. I don’t know if the ink would react differntlu with the clay, but it might be worth an experimental run. Keep crafting! Your blog gives me lots of inspiration to get out into the craft room.

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  6. Sue Kirk Wood
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 21:37:33

    Love this!!! Can’t wait to do some hearts for Valentines Day. Thanks so much.

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  7. Carole Chavez
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 22:48:13

    Thanks for the post, I will definitely try some of these. Going out to buy some Sculpey tomorrow!!

    Have a Blessed day

    Carole Chavez

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  8. Betty Helms
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 23:37:13

    Thank you for showing this! Sometimes I don’t want to dive in and try something w/o detailed instructions. This was great and I think I have some Valentines ornies to make using this method. Can’t wait.

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  9. mary
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 23:50:25

    VERY cute! Thanks for sharing! (o;

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  10. Mardell Lamb
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 11:06:40

    Adorable as always ~ you never disappoint, Maggie! šŸ™‚ I’ll be on the hunt for clay this weekend. Can’t wait to experiment. Thank you!

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  11. Barbara Briggs Ward
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 07:55:25

    So, so cute. I love the ‘brushed’ look! Looking forward to more great Margaret posts in 2013!

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  12. Sara Hayes
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 17:58:37

    What a cute idea!! Love these u did a good job. Love the 2 toned color ones to šŸ™‚

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