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  • Project one. Cone and Clay Santa

    This project has now started. Please post questions or comments in the project one discussion thread only.
    There is beauty in a winter's full moon. Glittering off the snow between the shadows of barren branches.

  • #2

    Materials list.

    Cardboard cone,
    3 inches tall by between 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide at it's base.

    Clay. These are made of bread clay but you can use any polymer clay such as sculpley of your choice. Yes you can bake them on the cardboard cones. Salt dough clays like Play-dough would work for practice. However they will crack and break apart wile drying.

    White glue if your using bread clay.

    Paints and brushes of choice.

    A knife and a toothpick or fork.

    The dusty Santa to the left is my VERY first Santa. It was made on 11/09/94. The bread clay has a few cracks in it now. It's been kept out in the open on display for 15 years.

    I'll announce on this thread when this project will start. If there is enough interest we could set a date to use a chat room on the main forum for live Q&A's.
    There is beauty in a winter's full moon. Glittering off the snow between the shadows of barren branches.


    • #3
      First notes;

      Bread clay.

      Super easy to make.
      5 slices of white bread with ALL the crust off. The better the bread the better the clay. Discount or real cheap breads donít work well. I like Bunny Bread. No difference between it and Wonder.
      3 table spoons of white glue. Elmerís makes a better clay than Ellenís.
      A few drops of liquid dish soap. Soap helps break down the moisture within the bread and white glue and makes a smoother clay. To much soap is not a good idea. 2 to 3 drops is all you need.

      A bowl to mix in and a fork to mix with.

      Tear up the bread into small pieces and add to the bowl. I like to keep 2 extra pieces with the crust already off set aside. Just incase the clay is to sticky.

      Add the glue and soap.

      Mix with fork until it doesnít work any more. Now mix with your hands. Keep mixing till you have to start kneading it like bread dough. If itís still sticking at this point add more bread to it. If itís to dry and cracks wile your kneading add more glue. It takes a bit of kneading. Youíll know when your done when itís smooth and silky to the touch. Make it into a log and store in a zip lock bag with as much of the air out of it as possible. Let it rest for a few hours before using. If kept tight this will keep in the frig for up to a week.

      The cone.
      You can make your cone any size you like. Iíve done a few that were about 7 inches tall but I had to use two batches of bread clay. Added things like bags of toys and evergreen garlands to em. All out of bread clay.

      The cone Iím using is a flat 4 inches tall by 5 3/4 at itís widest point.

      There is a difference between working with bread clay than a polymer like Sculpley. Any bread clay added to a project will shrink. If you look closely at my first Santa youíll notice a small section of the fir trim under the beard is different. I had to add a piece in. In defense of bread clay itís really easy to make, cheap, very durable, light weight when made thin and lasts for years. Bread clay is also better for making ornaments because of it's light weight.

      To make finding information easier for folks please donít post in the instructional threads. A separate discussion thread will be made for each project.
      There is beauty in a winter's full moon. Glittering off the snow between the shadows of barren branches.


      • #4
        Keep on going with the how-to!
        People really act weird at Christmas time. After all, what other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree in the living room and eat nuts and sweets out of your socks?


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