Santa Craft


This polymer clay Santa craft can start a Christmas tradition. Add one homemade Christmas decoration, per year to the tree!

This even comes with a pattern, so it's easier to make.


santa-craft

Age: 12 and up

Difficulty: Medium

Time scale: 3 out of 5



Supplies:

  • Roller
  • blade
  • 1.5 pkg. sculpey
  • Needle tool
  • small Ball end tool
  • Small exacto knife
  • Paper towel or small rag
  • Fine grit sandpaper 
  • 14 inches of lightweight Wire 
  • Pliers 
  • Small bell
  •  Small paint brush
  •  clear water based Varathane
  • tile for work surface
  • Acrylic craft paint:

Red, white, black, dark green, burnt umber




How to Make this Santa Craft


roll-out-clay

Condition 1.5 packs of super sculpey or premo. Use the one that is a translucent color.

Use a roller to flatten to slightly thinner than 1/4 inch thick.

Print the Santa craft template.

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Lay the pattern over the flattened sculpey.

Trace around the pattern with a needle tool. Push enough, to leave an imprint in the clay.


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Remove the pattern.

Use the small exacto blade to cut around the outer edge of the Santa.

The legs and arms should be separate from the body.(Not attached.)

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Slowly pull the excess clay away.

Cut off sections, if necessary to keep from distorting the pattern.

smooth-rough-edges-using-your-finger

Smooth the edges and round them over slightly. 

You can use your thumb, finger or a shaping tool. 

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Use the small ball end tool to add the lines on the cuffs, around the beard and face.



Extra-details-added-to-santas-beard

Add extra detail lines (that show on the pattern) on the hair, moustache, beard, legs, boots and cuffs.

Smooth any little lumps, with your finger, without pushing hard enough to remove the detail lines.


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Use a needle tool to poke holes, as indicated by the round dots, on the pattern. 

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Use a clay blade to scrape the santa craft pieces, off your work surface. 

smooth-backside-of-clay


Turn the pieces over and smooth the rough edges, on the backside. 

burnt-sculpey-whoopsThis is what you should NOT do....Burned-polymer-clay!

Bake the Santa craft for approximately 30 minutes. Monitor closely, while it is baking. 

Check the instructions for the clay you are using; bake times can vary.

Cool. 

If your Santa craft looks like this, you cooked it TOO much. 

Another craft wreck!! UGH!

painting-polymer-clay-piecesHow many legs does this Santa have?

Paint the hair, beard and cuffs, with white paint.

Let dry.

Paint the backside of the cuffs and hair.

Let dry.


Use red paint on the hat, jacket and legs.

Flip over when dry and paint the back.

Paint the boots black.

Do the back, when the front is dry.

Paint the mittens dark green. Once again, do the back, after drying the front.


Let the paint dry, between each color change. Okay, so you don't need to let it dry; IF you have a steady hand. I'm a sloppy painter, so I can easily make a BIG mess.

If you are a bit sloppy, it is in your best interest, to let each color dry, before applying the color, next to it. Even though it may seem to take longer, it probably won't. Rush it along, paint next to the wet color and messes can happen!

You may end up with a pink beard or a pink Santa suit. Ugh! You can try to convince yourself it won't happen, but there is a good chance it will!


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After all the paint has dried, lightly sand the edges with fine grit sandpaper, to remove a bit of the paint.

Wipe with paper towel or a rag.

Use-burnt-umber-paint-for-antique-distressed-finish

Apply burnt umber paint to the entire Santa ornament, including the back. Make sure to get the paint down into all the carved lines.


Leave for a few seconds and wipe gently with a damp paper towel or rag. Don't wipe too hard or you will remove the base layer of paint.

Let dry...AGAIN.


Dot-eyes-with-black-paint


Dry brush a bit of white over top of the beard, if the burnt umber wash still looks too dark, after it has been wiped.

Dot the eyes with Black. Use a needle tool or toothpick for small dots.

Paint a coat of clear varathane to the front. After it dries, turn over and do the back.

If drying time is an issue, try making multiples of this Santa craft. The water based craft paint dries quickly. If you make multiples, there is less waiting, twiddling your thumbs time.

If you are doing ten ornaments, by the time you finish the first color on the tenth one, the first one should be almost dry. Can you tell, waiting for paint to dry, is not my favourite activity? I must multitask, to avoid this annoyance!

wire-pieces-together

Cut 5 pieces of wire, 2 inches long.

Poke a piece of wire through the hole in the body and the other end, through the leg. Twist the ends of wire together.


Do the same thing to attach the other leg and each arm to the body.



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Poke one of the wires through the hole in the end of the hat and attach a small bell.

Twist the wire together.

add-wire-for-hanger

Cut one piece of wire, 6 inches long.

Use this piece to put through the hole in the top of the hat to make the hanger. 

Use pliers to twist the ends of the wire together.

Wrap the wire around the needle tool to make the wire squiggly.

Twist the wire loop together, next to the hat.


Every family should have traditions, to make Christmas even more significant. It can be as simple as creating a new ornament, every year.

Add another Family Christmas tradition; decorate together. Decorating the Christmas tree together, as a family, using homemade ornaments, becomes a fun and sentimental journey.

Merry Christmas!



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