Clay Snow Angel Ornament

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Sitting atop an ice cube, this little snow angel is trying to keep its cool! This ornament would make the perfect gift for that someone special!

Materials

  • Clear acrylic cube, 1” square
  • Oven-bake polymer clay: white, orange
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter
  • Black seed beads, two
  • Ribbon: gold, 1⁄4” wide, 6” length; iridescent, 3⁄4” wide, 8” length
  • Gold craft wire, 20-gauge, 4” length

Tools

  • Textured snow paint
  • Spray matte sealer
  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or rolling pin
  • Oven and parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Clay needle tool or toothpick
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

masking tape, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay.

STEP 2

For body, roll a 1” ball from White; press into pear shape and press onto cube.

STEP 3

For legs, roll two 1-1⁄2”-long, 11⁄16”-diameter tapered logs from White. Shape wide ends into feet and press narrow ends against body at base so feet rest at sides of cube. Use toothpick or clay needle tool to press snowflake design in bottom of each foot.

STEP 4

For arms, roll two 9⁄16” White tapered logs. Gently flatten wide ends to 1⁄4” thickness. Pinch and pull gently on one side of each to shape thumbs. Press narrow ends against body at shoulders; arrange hands on cube.

STEP 5

For head, roll 7⁄8” White ball; press to body. Use clay needle tool or toothpick to position beads sideways into face for eyes. Draw, and gently press, smile below eyes, pinching slightly at center for open mouth; indent smile ends. Roll 1⁄8” orange ball for nose; press to face. Apply chalk or blush to cheeks.

STEP 6

For halo, twist wire to form small loop at end. Bend loop forward and insert halo into head. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake snow angel; let cool.

STEP 7

Cover cube with masking tape. Spray snow angel with sealer. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter; remove tape. Apply snow paint to halo. Tie gold ribbon into bow around neck. Tie remaining ribbon into bow and glue to back for wings.

by Shelly Comiskey

15 thoughts on “Clay Snow Angel Ornament

  1. I have had these instructions for years but never could find the acrylic cubes. Do you know where I can purchase them. Please help.

      • There are many, many ways to transfer igeams. One easy way to transfer copies of actual photos is as follows: Make an inkjet copy of your photo onto t-shirt transfer copy paper. Cut out the part of the image that you want to transfer, put your conditioned clay on a tile or other baking surface (you don’t want to move your clay after burnishing your copy to it) put your copy on the clay and burnish it with a knitting needle or similar burnisher. After you have it well burnished so that the whole image is touching the clay, set it aside for one hour. Then, bake in a 266 degrees F for 5 minutes. Then carefully peel back the copy paper and your picture should be on your clay. You can then place that on other clay or however you need to complete your item or just bake it for the remaining time, following the clay manufacturer’s directions. Another way to make a transfer is to make a black and white copy, color it in with colored pencils, staying inside the lines, unlike grade school, it really does matter so that your lines will show up on the clay ; ), and burnish that to your clay surface on your baking surface, and then bake for 10 minutes, or more (see below) at the manufacturer’s directions. Then carefully peel off the paper and your picture will be transfered onto the clay. The timing on this may vary, depending on the brand of pencils you use, I usually lift up just a tiny bit on a corner of the paper to see if it’s transfered enough. You can just do a small piece of clay with a test scribble of paper on it to check the transfer rather than using your design until you know how your pencils transfer. Most of the books available have copy methods, and almost all of them are different, some using toner copies, some with water-slide transfers, others use gin to remove the paper from the clay. If you Google “transfer igeams polymer clay,” you will find a lot of information available. It’s so wonderful that polymer clay artists are so willing to share their knowledge, there is a plethora of information available on-line. If you check out polymerclaycentral.com, you will find a wealth of information available, and almost any pc question you could think of is answered at glassattic.com. A great, caring group of which I’m a member is yahoo group, CITY-o-Clay. I hope this helps. Have fun!Smiles, Sue

    • Yes Michaels has the ice cubes on their christmas ornament making SALE aisles Just found them today and gonna grab a few myself…

  2. I would love to make this but I have no idea of where to find the acrylic cube or even where to look (what department?) at the craft store.

  3. Hi, thanks so much for this angel, I am a potter and I will certainly give this a try. Know your using something else besides the regular clay that you fire, but hay whatever works.

  4. Very cute snowman..just one question…doesnt the spray sealer turn the clay sticky? I used it and had that problem…Polyform tech person told me spray sealers casue a chemical reaction with clay. Do you use a special type so this doesnt happen?

  5. this is toooo cute! I haven’t worked with clay YET – but would love to try my first project with this lil guy. The list includes industrial strength adhesive, but I don’t notice it’s use in the directions. My apologies if I’m just missing it…

    • Hi Michelle! The adhesive is used to attached the bow (wings) to the back of the angel. See Step 7.

      STEP 7
      Cover cube with masking tape. Spray snow angel with sealer. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter; remove tape. Apply snow paint to halo. Tie gold ribbon into bow around neck. Tie remaining ribbon into bow and glue to back for wings.

  6. When this cute little guy came out a couple of years ago I couldn’t find the ice cubes so I made them in to snow people with different hats, caps, scarves, etc. It’s his face that counts, so cute. I also used a light weight clay (Crayon. no baking needed.) with crunched foil in the center. Watered down non yellowing glue and dusted with irridesent glitter. They are still looking good. Just put them on the tree. Oh by the way, make extras, everyone will want them.

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