Sandpaper or emery board (fine grit)
Acrylic primer (optional)
1 blank craft paper gift tag (from craft store or make your own)
Acrylic clear varnish (optional)
Acrylic paints: brown, red, white
Tacky glue or hot glue
1 piece raffia (shown) or jute string or ribbon to go around jar, tie a knot (or bow) and put end through the tag.
*Note: Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours. It is an example of how a paper casting could be used on a scrapbook page instead of a clay casting on a wall plaque.
1. While clay is still wet, cut out around design with knife. Let dry.
2. Smooth the edges with a very light sandpaper if needed.
3. Optional: Apply a coat of primer and let dry.
4. Apply brown paint to body, red to bow tie and buttons, and white as shown in photos, one color at a time, and let dry between colors so they won't run into each other. Let dry.
5. Optional: Apply a light coat of varnish to seal in paint. Let dry. Apply a 2nd coat of varnish if desired for more sturdiness. Let dry. Note: Varnishing will give the casting a more glossy finish. You can also varnish the back of the casting for more protection.
6. Glue casting to gift tag and let dry.
7. Punch hole at top.
8. Write message.
9. Attach to jar by poking end of raffia through hole.