194 Musical Notes Clothespin Clip Project
#194 – Musical Notes Clip or Ornament
Clay Casting Project
 
For the musician in the family – 6 delightful projects from which to choose:

  • Hang the board on the wall above your piano and leave notes for the kids
  • or replace the board with a sheet magnet to hold notes on the refrigerator
  • or omit the sheet/board and make a clothespin magnet to hold notes on the refrigerator
  • or omit the magnet and create a clothespin clip to keep your sheet music open on the stand
  • or omit the clothespin and create a refrigerator magnet out of just one casting
  • or omit the clothespin and magnet and create an ornament to hang from tree or window.
     

           



      Materials Needed:

      1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #194 – Musical Notes
      Clay* - we used Creative Paperclay® which air dries to a paintable pure white (no oven needed)
      1 clay casting* - #194 – Musical Notes (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions) 1 2" round cookie cutter
      Sandpaper or emery board (fine grit)
      Acrylic primer (optional)

      Varnish or paint to finish board
      Acrylic clear varnish (optional)
      Acrylic paints: black, golden tan for background area (or whatever colors you like)
      Tacky glue or hot glue

      Optional:  1 wood board 5" x 7" or craft cardboard wall plaque or sheet magnet (from craft store like Michael's), depending on the project you want to make. 
      Optional:  Paint for the board/plaque/sheet.

      Optional – 1 - 4 small 1" diameter magnets (from a craft store): 1 for clothespin refrigerator magnet or 4 for sheet magnet project.
      Optional – For an ornament: 1 piece of jute or string, fishing line, or ribbon 8" long (or longer if desired) for hanger.
      Optional – 1 bracket to hang board on wall

      *Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours. 
      Instructions:

      1.  Prepare casting: While clay is wet, cut out casting using cookie cutter. If you are going to make an ornament, use toothpick to poke a hole in the top (see Optional Techniques). Let dry.
      2.   Sand rough edges smooth.
      3.  Optional: Apply primer to casting and let dry.
      4.  Apply golden-tan paint to background areas of casting and let dry. Optional: Apply golden-tan paint to back of casting as well.
      5.  Apply black paint to raised portions of musical notes design (as shown) and let dry. 
      6.  Optional:  Apply a coat of varnish for permanence. Note: Varnish will leave a more glossy finish.


      For wall plaque:  Apply either varnish or primer (optional) and paint. Let dry thoroughly between coats. Prepare clothes pin by painting it black. Let dry. Optional: Use black paint to write "Just a note" on plaque (or use any other method you prefer). Then use hot glue to attach painted casting to clothespin and then glue clothespin to board/plaque. Attach metal hanger to back of board/plaque to hang on wall.

      For sheet magnet for refrigerator:  Use hot glue to attach 4 small magnets to back of sheet magnet for added strength to hold clothespin, casting and notes. Optional:  Paint sheet with beige paint (or any color you like). Prepare clothes pin by painting it black. Let dry. Optional: Use black paint to write "Just a note" on sheet (or use any other method you prefer). Then use hot glue to attach painted casting to clothespin and then glue clothespin to sheet. Let dry thoroughly, then hang on refrigerator or file cabinet.

      For clothespin refrigerator magnet:  Prepare clothes pin by painting it black. Let dry. Use hot glue to attach magnet to back (bottom) of clothespin. Use hot glue to attach painted casting to front (top) of clothespin.

      For clothespin clip to hold sheet music:  
      Prepare clothes pin by painting it black. Let dry. Use hot glue to attach painted casting to front (top) of clothespin.

      For refrigerator magnetUse hot glue to attach magnet to back of painted casting.

      For a tree or window ornament: Attach a piece of jute or string, fishing line, or ribbon 8" long (or longer if desired) for hanger by stringing it through the hole.  Double a 12" length (or longer), put 2 ends through hole, bring 2 ends back through loop. Create a loop to hang ornament by tying a knot 4" from ornament. Then use 2 ends to tie a bow.


      Project  designed and created by Maggie Montgomery. Photograph by David Montgomery.



      Bake up a batch of delicious springerle cookies to match! 



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