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Bottle Stopper with Premo! Sculpey® Polymer Clay
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Jude, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Polymer clay, Premo! Sculpey, cadmium red hue
- Polymer clay, Premo! Sculpey, white
- Polymer clay, Premo! Sculpey, black
- Wine bottle stopper, lampworked glass, frosted, 2-1/2x3/4 inch with three rubber rings
- Wire, Wrapit, Nickel Silver, half-hard, round, 20 gauge
- Adhesive, Apoxie Sculpt, black
- Poly-roller machine, Marcato Atlas 180 Roller
Cut one foot of nickel silver 20-gauge Wrapit® wire.
Shape the wire into a frame to create the bottom half of Santa, including his legs, with clay.
Tip: The frame can be altered to suit personal preference. In our illustration, one of the legs will be bent and the other will be straight.
Using aluminum foil, fill in the shape created with the wire.
Tip: The aluminum foil will add stability to the clay.
Begin by conditioning the cadmium red, white and black Premo! Sculpey® polymer clays using a polyclay roller.
Tip: A small amount of clay can be conditioned in your hands by kneading, stretching, or rolling. If conditioning is done this way, be sure to clean your hands to ensure residual color is not leftover prior to working with the next color.
Apply the red clay around the waist, backside, upper legs and part of the lower leg.
Tip: More clay may be needed depending upon personal preference.
Using the black clay, create the shape of a boot.
Place the clay boot over any wire extending out from one leg on Santa's frame.
Repeat to create a second boot and place it on the other leg.
Santa's White Banding
Using the white clay, create a rectangle strip of clay approximately 1/4 of an inch or larger, depending upon personal preference, that will cover the end of the pants and the top of the shoes.
Repeat to create a second strip to cover the second leg.
Texturize the clay adding lines and definition to the pants, booths and white banding.
Tip: A toothpick or clay texturizing tool can be used.
Using black clay, create a strip of rectangle clay approximately 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 inches in length with a width of approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inches.
Wrap the rectangle clay around the top of the pants so that the rectangle strip sits just above the pants. Part of the rectangle clay will overlap similarly to a belt.
The diameter of the belt should match the end of the cork so that it fits neatly in place once baked.
Stuffing paper in the area above the pants helps keep the belt firmly in place during baking.
Using a section of white clay, create a small circular clay piece to lay on the front of the belt for the buckle. This can be created in the pattern or size of your choice.
Bake the Santa piece according to manufacturer's instructions.
Mix equal amounts of white Apoxie® Sculpt for two minutes, or until thoroughly blended.
Tip: When mixing is complete, the color will be uniform throughout.
Place a small amount of Apoxie onto the bottom wider end of one frosted wine bottle stopper and the waist of the Santa piece.
Press the Santa piece onto the stopper.
Allow to dry according to manufacturer's instructions.
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