242 Maple Leaf Candle Short Project
#242 - Maple Leaf Candle
Clay Casting Project
A unique and charming gift of
a decorative candle with a basket of matching cookies!

Materials Needed:
1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp: #242 - Maple Leaf
Clay* - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white 
1 clay casting*: #242 - Maple Leaf (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
Sandpaper or emery board
Acrylic primer
Acrylic paints: rust-brown, orange-rust
Sponge (optional)
Brown decorative paper cut 1 3/4" wide and long enough to fit around candle.
Piece of raffia long enough to fit around candle and tie a simple knot as shown.
Hot glue

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

1.  While clay is still wet, cut out maple leaf from casting with knife.
2.  Sand rough or uneven areas smooth.
3.  Apply a coat of primer to both sides of casting and let dry.
4.  Apply a coat of the darker paint color.
5.  Using the dry brush method (see Techniques for Special Effects), highlight castings with lighter color paint. Let dry. Note: Using foam will give the paint a soft, sponge-like look. If you don't like the results, just let it dry and repaint.
6.  Wrap decorative paper around candle and glue closed at back.
7.  Tie raffia around candle and tie a knot. Trim ends to an attractive length. Optional: Cut it long enough to tie a bow.
8.  Use hot glue to affix the maple leaf to the raffia knot. Hold in position until glue dries.

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

Bake up a batch of Shortbread Cookies to match!

#044 – Turkey,   #014 – Apple,   #008 – Pear,    #063 – Sheaf of Wheat,
#015 – Grapes,   #311–Oak Leaf  or  #312 – Oak Leaf,   #242 – Maple Leaf

Cookies above were made by GooseHill Farms with cornstarch and confectioner's sugar in their recipe. 

The "paint" is FDA-approved Baker's Colors, Luster Dust® in gold and ruby, and powdered egg whites.

Cookies above were decorated with luster dust by Peggy Aiken.

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