251 Jeweled Star Ornament Project
#251 – Singing Angel 
Jeweled Star Christmas Ornament
Clay Casting Project
  
These Christmas ornaments are so EASY
even the little kids can make them
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Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #251 – Angel Singing
Clay - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white
1 clay casting* #251 – Angel Singing (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions).
Star cookie cutter
Sandpaper or emery board
Optional: paints in your choice of colors (we left our angel unpainted)
Acrylic jewels
Ribbon, cord, or fishing line

*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.  While clay is wet, cut out casting using cookie cutter.
2.  While clay is still wet, press the jewels into the clay in any pattern around the angel. Note: Jewels may also be glued onto the casting after it is dry.
3.  While the clay is still moist, use a toothpick, paintbrush handle, or other object to create a hole in the clay for a hanger (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions). When the tool comes out of the clay, turn the casting over, and enlarge the hole from the other side. This creates an even hole. If the clay is completely dry, use the tip of your knife or X-acto® blade to “drill” a hole – simply twirl it back and forth between your fingers. Again, drill from both sides of the casting. Let casting dry. Then sand rough edges smooth. Caution: Do NOT put jeweled castings into oven to speed up drying process.
4.  Optional: Apply paint, glitter, varnish, and/or add fabric trims.
5.  Run ribbon, cord or fishing line through hole for hanger.

We left our casting unpainted, but you may want to decorate it
using inspiration from the painted cookie shown below.


Project designed and created by Sue Moore.
Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR.

This clay casting project is featured along with dozens of others 
in our book The Art of Clay Casting, which includes basic paper casting 
instructions, techniques for special effects, and a glossary of terms.


Bake up a batch of delicious shortbread cookies to match....


Cookies decorated by and photographs courtesy of GooseHill Farms.







... or try your hand at Speculaas Cookies!






... or even some Springerle Cookies!




Designs shown above (clockwise from top left):  

#255 – Sleigh,   #251 – Angel Singing,   #001 – Santa Claus,   #416 – Snow Star,
 
#032 – Pine Cone,   #403 – Three Wise Men,   #022 – Snowflake,  #213 – Christmas Tree Snowflake,   #030 – Christmas Tree,
 
#368 – Nativity,    #252 – Gingerbread Boy,   #025 – Jingle Bells,   #355 – Trumpeting Angel,   #463 – Christmas Ornament,
 
(in center) #034-10 – Snowbird – 2010 Collector's Annual Dated Christmas Design



 



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