Monday, November 25, 2019

Woven Clay Check Mitten Ornament

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It's Day 7 of our 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event and it's all about DIY ORNAMENTS!
I love making handcrafted ornaments for the holidays! And you're going to love this handmade woven clay check mitten ornament tutorial I'm sharing with you! I got the idea by combining the woven pie crust technique using strips of colorful clay and a cookie cutter to make this awesome looking ornament! And the best part, you can use colorful clay to make just about any design including the trendy buffalo check!

Materials:
  • Mitten shape cookie cutter
  • Sculpey Souffle Clay 1.7oz - red, green and white 
  • Parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Pizza cutter
  • Skewer stick
  • 1/4" hanging ribbon

 Lay a sheet of parchment paper on your work surface and knead the clay to get it soft. Do the red color first, and then the green separately. Use separate sheets of parchment paper, too, for each color. The clay bleeds.
Place the clay down on the parchment paper and lay another sheet of parchment paper on top.  Roll out the clay into the largest piece possible to at least six inches tall.  I use parchment paper so the clay won't stick to the rolling pin or work surface.

 Using a pizza cutter, begin cutting 1/2" strips. I can't cut straight so I use a plastic strip from packing material to keep the lines straight.
 You can only get so many strips from 1.7 ounces of clay - six to be exact, no matter how hard I tried to get one more for seven, 
 Next, group the same color strips together. The pieces should be large enough when grouped together to accommodate the mitten cookie cutter. First, red and
then green - or vice versa, your choice.
To weave the strips:
 Starting with the green strips, lift every other strip and fold it gently back.
Place a strip of red horizontal across the green flat strips.
 Then bring the folded strips back down.
Do the same thing for the next row, alternating strips, lifting every other strip and folding them gently back, and then placing a strip down over the flat strips.
 Continue, following the same steps .  .  .
 for each row .  .  . folding the strips back
 repeating the pattern .  .  . of laying a strip down horizontal.
See how the weave is coming together!
 Folding back alternating strips, and laying a strip down horizontal!
 until all the strips .  .  .

are woven together.

 Then lay parchment paper on top and gently roll the strips to .  .  .
 make the weave tighter. 
 Next, place the mitten cookie cutter down on the woven clay and 
 cut out the mitten, removing the excess clay from around the cookie cutter.


Next, roll out a small section of white clay and use just the cuff of the cookie cutter to cut out  and place on the bottom of the clay mitten. Pressing down to seal together.
Use the flat end of a skewer stick to fluff up the white clay to mimic a fur cuff.
 Looks awesome!
 Use the skewer stick to make a hole in the bottom center for hanging. 
 Use the side of the cutter to push back and straighten the clay by the hole. Bake in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes according to the clay package. Let cool!
Perfect for your Christmas tree or  .  .  .
 adorning a present!
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8 comments:

  1. You are inspiring me with all your clay post to make something with clay. This ornament is adorable and I really like the red and green check.

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  2. You always come up with such great ideas, Gail! Your woven mitten ornament is ADORABLE!! These would make such lovely teacher, hostess, neighbor gifts or gift tags. Pinned

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  3. I love this so much! The weaved clay idea is brilliant!

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  4. What a great idea, and so original. Well done. Pinned

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  5. I love how you made the fur! So cute!

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