Here are two more ideas for polymer clay Christmas ornaments. I made the one on the left by covering a store-bought paper mache form with a leaf cane made from a Skinner Blend of Pearl and Forest Green Premo Clay. The veins are done in gold with a bit of red sandwiched between the layers for depth. While there are many versions of this cane, I learned this particular cane from Leigh Ross. You can find her instructions at Polymer Clay Central. I used balls of red clay to make holly berries. After the ornament was baked, I attached a store bought tassel.
For the doggy ornament, I scanned a picture into my printer,changed the background and printed it out. I made a frame to hold the picture, decorated it with simple canes and made two matching beads. After baking the frame and letting it cool, I laid in the picture. I used a level to make sure the frame was perfectly level before pouring a layer Envirotex Lite over the picture. A level surface is vital when using Envirotex Lite. You also need a barrier, in my case the edge of the frame, because this material is self leveling and will run all over the place without something to stop it. I sprinkled some glitter in the background of the picture and let it cure for 48 hours. Then I attached the beads, tassel and a hanging wire.
I could not make a photo transfer ornament with my ink jet printer like I did last year because I had run out of the old Epson paper. You might know from Donna Kato’s announcement that the new Epson paper does not work. There are plenty of new ideas for photo transfers on Donna’s siteand on the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild’s blog, The Guild Reporter.
Last but not least, I also have a project article on how to make a silk screened polymer clay pendant in the latest issue of Polymer Cafe.