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Topic: Polymer Clay Wreath: Shabby Chic Nautical Stars, WITH TUTE!  (Read 5482 times)
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« on: November 29, 2012 12:30:56 PM »

I needed a holiday wreath for our front door (fast), and the inspiration for this project hit me.
It's a bit of a quick-and-dirty, held together by a glue-gun-and-a-prayer kinda number, but I think it should do nicely for the next month or so!





The key ingredient for this project is a bunch of polymer clay stars. I made these for a craft fair I worked recently, and though a lot of them sold (yay!), I was still left with a TON of stars. With the holidays nearing, I figured I needed to put the stars to good use.



TO MAKE THE STARS: Roll out a sheet of white Sculpey (the cheaper stuff in the large package) on the thickest setting of pasta machine. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out the star. Using the dull edge of a blade, lightly impress the edge onto the star to make the "nautical" pattern: point to opposite corner, with little "slashes" along one edge of the star. Then, distress with acrylic paint, powders, etc...sand for a nice finish, etc etc BAKE!

ALTERNATIVE: Unless you already have the stars made, making these stars turns this afternoon project into a bigger undertaking. Feel free to substitute polymer clay ornaments that you already have, or flat store bough ornaments. Anything flat will do.

BEGIN ASSEMBLING WREATH:

Using a charger plate or other round object as a template, lay out the stars, making sure you have enough, and working out an order.

Then, working around the arrangement, hot glue gun each star to the next, stacking them in a scale-like arrangement:



Next, flip over the star wreath (which you will notice is somewhat flimsy; this is reasoning behind this next step), and glue gun some popsicle sticks around on the back. Place them in such a way that they anchor all stars to one another, and create a sort of supportive backing:

(confession: i hate the schlocky look of popsicle sticks here...i feel a subtle shame...but it was the quickest easiest way. colored popsicle sticks might give a nicer look:



Add a decorative bow using wire edged ribbon:



Proudly display your new wreath using a plastic wreath hanger:





NOTE: Polymer clay does not survive well when left in direct sun for long periods of time, even once it has been cured. Therefore: use a budget-friendly clay, and be prepared that this wreath may only be a one-season type deal. This is why using polymer ornaments you already have, or store bought flat ornaments, makes sense.

Questions: let me know!


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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2012 12:44:32 PM »

also just realized: the overall shape of the wreath itself is kind of gear-like (with the star points sticking out), so if you used wooden stars and painted them bronze or copper, u could have a cool steampunk wreath
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2012 01:00:06 PM »

Love this, esp the popsicle stick base. I would try these with salt dough, bet it would work also. This is inspiring.
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2012 02:01:24 PM »

So pretty! You could change out the ribbon and use it for the 4th, too. Smiley Thanks for showing us how to make one.
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2012 03:01:38 PM »

This is really nice!  I like that it looks festive without the use of Christmas colors. 

Did you paint the stars before or after baking?
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2012 04:36:27 PM »

I really like the look of this - thanks for sharing the tut!
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2012 05:44:16 PM »

Beautiful!! It looks so lovely on your door. The metallic finish adds such a nice touch.
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2012 06:43:22 PM »

This is really nice!  I like that it looks festive without the use of Christmas colors. 

Did you paint the stars before or after baking?


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paint: i almost always paint my polymer clay items BEFORE baking, then sand, then quickly rebake again. the baking heat sets and bonds the paint, and uncured clay has a tacky surface that grabs paint; whereas when u paint a baked piece, the paint tends to bead and roll off.
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2012 06:51:31 PM »

Thanks for explaining that!
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2012 12:09:45 PM »

Love the wreath!
best way I know to cover structures that you don't like (popsicle sticks), make a felt circle and glue that to the back.  this will not only hide the "bones" but also give some scratch protection to the door/window.
Awesome job!
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