Books & videos & kits
Ornaments & some techniques
....Metallic powders/waxes,chalks...
....Cutter shapes --cookie/canape
....Sculpting objects & figures (freestanding or on background sheet)
........bas relief
....Liquid clays (transfers, drizzling, etc.)
....Glass ball ornaments
......buying & preparing
......uses for glass balls
..........covering (basic & slices), scenes, torsos/heads, partial covering
..........outsides, insides + swirled paint bulbs broken out, lighted from inside
..........xmas lightbulbs, used as forms, misc)
Other ideas (many)
....houses (summary) & more scenes
Websites & info re Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Solstice
Websites, ALL winter


CHRISTMAS - Winter - Solstice - Hanukkah,etc.

Christmas or other ornaments are practically the perfect thing to play around with in clay. ....You're not really restricted by theme (except xmas, the season, or whatever occasion you want to represent), or by size, or by techniques, pr by ways to hang, etc., etc.
....In short, you can play around with just about every technique in polymer clay while making ornaments! are just a few examples:

OR, make a whole Solstice or a Winter tree and hang themed items from it
. . . OR decorate small artificial trees, a wreath or a garland with a theme ... e.g. a particular sport, hobby, job, interest … or use many of one item like large snowflakes or gingerbread people or candy or other cutouts or embellished glass balls or mixed media items, etc.

some info about Christmas symbols & legends ...for Solstice, Hanukkah & Kwanzaa, see bottom of page


Design Originals books: ... or go to 6 pages of all their polymer books:
Holiday Happenings (# 3332) by Michelle Lott's (cute Christmas
character ornaments: mice, snowmen, reindeer) $7.99
Clay Cut-Out Kids
(# 3268 ), (mostly bas relief,
ornaments using cutters, clay gun & craft knife) $6.99

Schiffer Books for Craftspeople:
Making Christmas Jewelry in Polymer Clay, by Bridget Albano ...(dangle Santa & 13 more)
Creating Christmas Ornaments from Polymer Clay, by Bridget Albano (short book) . . . reindeer, penguin, snowman, Santa, etc., all created in bas relief (but wihtout background) to hang from tree . . . arms, legs, head, hat, etc., overlapped or onlaid on each other (then click on "Look Inside this Book")

Cecilia Determan's mostly out-of-print books on Christmas ornaments, figures, etc. are all EXCELLENT
....Family Photo Ornaments (ornaments, cutouts), Fimo and Me on the Christmas Tree (various), Christmas Clay-Mates (figures of people and animals, etc, some in mini-scenes), Merry Christmas Faces (figures & heads),
...(try e-Bay, or out of print book businesses).... photos of book covers, showing many projects and ideas
: (click on each to enlarge)

various other short or regular-length polymer books have lessons on making at least a few Christmas or winter things

Gingerbread House and Christmas Ornaments
, by Maureen Carlson
video on making a gingerbread house and some candies to go on it... and gingerbread man & tree? (photo of house and candies) (description of video)
(...see much more on making Gingerbread houses and candies in Houses-Structures > Gingerbread )

St. Nicholas, by Maureen Carlson to dress a more complicated figure... how to build an armature to support an all-clay St. Nicholas figure (both standing and sitting) ...make hair, beards, and learn how to drape clothes... add a clay sack filled with toys and sweets made from clay as well (under "Instructional Videos")

KITS: ....Sculpey brand clay now offers a number of Sculpey kits (for all their different clays) which come with a number of bars of clay (and some instructions/projects... some are seasonal, or relate to one topic like faces or dinosaurs, etc.) (Christmas and regular) (just clay, no projects)

ORNAMENTS & some techniques
(see many more in "Websites" at bottom)

If you do figures, you could get around the easier-breakability of Sculpey brand clay somewhat by making a figure in partial or total relief *on a background piece.* Sculpey breaks most often when little parts stick out from the thicker parts. So try to keep the arms, feet, etc. stuck to the background or to the body for extra support if they get knocked (or better yet, use Premo). You could also sculpt the figures, then just press the whole thing firmly to a background square, oval, etc.

ornaments that actually look like cookies. . . Make lots of them, all different kinds (including chocolate chip, gingerbread, thumbprint, and pin wheel) and then use as ornaments or assemble them on a wire wreath form . . . . Mini cookie wreaths also make great pins. One of the first things I ever did with polymer clay was to replace my bread dough cookie wreath and ornaments.. .
...You can frost with white acrylic paint.... use a dry brush technique to look like powdered sugar; the plastic cake decorating tubes you get in the grocery store will screw right onto to Hyplar in a tube (which is one brand of "modeling paste" available at crafts and art stores).
...To make cookies look cooked, use an umber (brown) wash.Katherine Dewey
(see more on cookies and frosting in Houses-Structures > Candies, Sweets)

ornament hooks (...making your own) can make your own fancier version of an ornament hook in various ways
...bending wire... possibly with beads, dangles, etc. ...or wrapped wire
......lesson using 4" of 18 g wire...bend end for hook around a small dowel or handle of a paint brush, depending on size you want... bend wire at end of hook so there is a straight vertical section and thread on one or more beads, cane slices, etc... then bend the wire just under the beads to hold them on... for loop end, make large-ish open wire spiral ...thread ornament loop onto open spiral from spiral middle.
(see Wire > Basic Wire Shapes for many more wire bending and/or embellishing techniques which could be used)
...various kinds of cording could work too... either for the whole hook if stiff enough... or as "extenders" with a hook or loop on each end
...chain with hook and loop at ends (purchased, or make your own from jump rings)

METALLIC POWDERS & Waxes & Chalks . . . and STAMPS & MOLDS

(see much more on using stamps and molds in Stamping, and Molds)


The most commonly used ones with clay are Pearl Ex (mica powders).
...Pearl Ex powders are around $6 a jar (though they can also be purchased in sampler packs), but last forever.
... Try a gold powder, for example, for highlighting a molded or stamped or textured bit of raw clay... using a soft brush or finger, spread over top areas only (**see below),; bake. . . If rubbed in sufficiently or not subjected to much wear afterward, they can be left unsealed. Otherwise seal with Future Floor Polish or a can of water-clean-up (Satin or Gloss) Elite Diamond Varathane--again around $6 a bottle, but will last and last).
...(Also, embossing powders can be used, inside the clay, in carved areas, or very lightly rubbed all over; heat 250 degrees for about 10 min.)

Rubbing Compounds like Rub 'N Buff, the Treasure Golds . . . or even tube acrylic paints, especially in the metallic colors or the duo-toned "interference" colors . . . can be rubbed over the same kinds of clay items, but they're usually applied after baking; no sealer necessary, I think. )

To simulate a light frosty look, whitish mica powders like Pearl Ex (micropowder pearl?) can be dry-brushed onto the wet clay before baking. I used it on my lightswitch cover of holly berries. syndee
...both Rub 'N Buff and acrylic paints come in white also, which might give a touch-of-snow look.
...I've added gold Pearl-Ex to white acrylic paint then painted bisque with it - the result is a subtle metallic glow when the light hits a certain way.

Sidewalk chalks or artist's chalk pastels--scraped onto sandpaper and applied dabbingly with a soft brush--or blusher/eyeshadows can be applied to raw clay also. The effect will be softer, but looks great on faces or things like angels and flowers where you might want a soft effect. These you might already have at home.

**impressions in the clay can be made with ordinary stamps or household items like Philips screwdriver tips (they make "plus" or starry shapes), bolts, pen tips, lace, screening, or ANYTHING--you can use the simpler items repeatedly to make patterns too.

**baked-clay molds can be made from objects around the house or from something you make yourself then make a mold from--e.g. a face from a toy; just make sure there are no undercuts in the object to be molded, or mold only the not-undercut portion.
~"Tweek" (the cast of a molded) clay that I mean...age the head...adding lines and wrinkles, add an extra ball of clay on the end of the nose for a real santa look....laugh know all those cool santa traits...this will give you a good base to work from...and if you don't like the look...start again by repressing the clay. Add can glue the front part of the head onto a styrofoam ball after baked...paint the head and add lots of hair to cover the back of head and add a wonderful beard.....Jodi Creager

Patti's lesson on making a flat mold from a stamp, which can be run through the pasta machine with clay (...she made a holiday gift tag with reversed lettering)

...fancy but nice Christmas theme molds (click on Saint Nicholas and Winter for more)

very small candy molds (usually in a sheet mold) are often available for making tiny shapes, figures, etc.... these could be highlighted or covered with metallic powders,(or even painted) etc., to be hung on tiny Christmas trees as ornaments, or glued onto gifts or gift tags, etc.

syndee's lesson on making long, coiled spirals of clay as simple ornaments by wrapping long ropes of clay around forms like paper cones or wood dowels (and using a strong clay like Premo)

(see more on inexpensive stamps and molds with Christmas and Winter themes in Stamping, and Molds)

CUTTER SHAPES... Cookie & Canape, etc.

(see much more in Cutters-Blades > Cutters)

Snowmen, gingerbread houses and people, Santas, reindeer, xmas trees, stars, candles, little trains (dolls or other toys) or actually almost anything that's hung on a tree (with or without xmas "colors") will be seen as an ornament.

To your cut-out shape, you could add decorations on top (e.g., eyes, nose, mouth, antlers and maybe a neck bow on reindeer), or simply cover with a powder or rubbing compound (can use more than one color too)--these look really elegant;
... don't forget to make the hanging hole before baking; the end of a any kind of straw works well (use a twisting motion and repeatedly cut the end off if the clay gets too jammed).

Cut-outs of baked clay are often thin enough (especially if rolled with a pasta machine first) that I will be able to trim edges with decorative cutter/(or scissors?)
... or to "leach" the clay to make it a bit stiffer. . .I cut out some shapes then weighted between two pieces of cardboard and a book overnight before cutting out, adding my hole, and baking.

You can bake your flat shapes between two tiles to keep them absolutely flat (if you use shiny ceramic tiles and adhere without bubbles, the surfaces will be shiny after baking). Though unless the cut outs are very thin, this won't be a problem.

faux puffed shapes... vbffl had an idea which could be adapted to polymer clay ... she created a reindeer and snowman with two sheets of paper bag which were sewn together near the edge and had paper inside to puff them a bit (embellished with a painted face, twigs or greenery, buttons, etc.,... one had candy canes for horns)...for clay, these could instead be made with two sheets of brownish clay (or white for a snowman, etc.), embellished, then sandwiched with some clay or even a bit of tissue inside, etc. ... edges could then be crimped or faux "stitched" with tracing wheel indentations. . . . or the forms could be made puffy by blowing into them as with pillow beads (see Beads > Pillow)... could be made small for pins or larger for ornaments... could use cookie cutters or free draw the shapes

Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild's various kinds of ornaments .... and

polymerclayexpress' lesson on holly and berry wreath, using 4- and 6-pointed canape cutters
Nettie's lesson on making a star-shaped Santa ornament, with star cutter

Heather P's lesson on making small mitten shapes with clay, then embellishing them with can slices for cuffs and here and there (her mittenshapes are cut around a cardboard template or freehand with a Xacto though,
rather than a cutter)... ornament
Marcy's mittens, embellished with checkerboard cuffs, faux "patches", simple dots, and/or holly leaves/berries
Lisa P's lesson on making a gingerbread person cutout for a card or as ornament
Karen R's lesson on making gingerbread person with bow, wavy blade-cut rickrack, heart cutout , clay balls for nose/buttons, impressions for mouth, and painted eyes,3110,DIY_27284_4938571,00.html
Elizabeth's lesson on making mini-gingerbread house fronts, and many candies (LS and TLS) (be sure and click on Templates, and the last houses photo for a larger version)
(more gingerbread people, houses, etc., in Houses > Gingerbread People,Etc.)
Michelle Ross' lesson on holiday (Christmas & Hannukah) 4” by 5 1/2” postcards with cutter onlays, etc. (instr.for red card not shown),1789,HGTV_3270_2392071,00.html

Nina K's pine tree shape made from collage sheet of clay patterns, surrounded by thin clay rope frame
Sue D's Christmas tree cutout made from collage sheets of pattern (dragged lines, mokume gane?, spirals of diff. colors & Pearl?)
cutouts of snowflakes textured before cutting out, then highlighted w PearlEx, baked (orn's by playsclay2)

Kris Richards' lesson on making a snowflake ornament with a 6-pt. snowflake cutter (...or
see instructions in Cutters >Uses for All Cutters)
Eberhard Faber's lesson on making a snowflake by cutting it out with an Xacto knife (over a pattern under glass sheet)
(another variation on page uses logs of clay)
Cecilia Determan's frames for photo-ornaments, using various cutter shapes, then embellishing
Barbara P's small Christmas tree cutous made with dots, ropes, etc., as "ornaments" (gone?)
Darla's Christmas tree with "ornaments" --can begin with cutout, add rows of clay extrusions from clay gun or garlic press, then add stars and other small clay items/cutouts for the ornaments, and twisted square ropes of clay for tinsel (hobbystage --inaccessible?)
the Mitchells' openwork grid of thick slices could be thick cutouts, strung together with small beads as separators, to create a Christmas orn.

Marie's Christmas tree with extrusions from clay gun + ornaments

Eberhard Faber's lesson on partially covering a clear drinking glass with cutouts of textured translucent clay (reindeer and branch shapes) ..these plaqued a lot -- could use a less plaquing translucent too
....they also create a "frosted drinking glass" by covering it completely with translucent clay first ... then apply cutouts of white clay (also textured?) (looks like base layer not baked first, but could have been, then liquid clay between ) ... used as "vases" patterns available by clicking on
"Motif Reindeer" or "Motif Mistletoe"

Sarajane's lesson on a star-cutter "frame" ornament for a photo ... she cuts out a fluted star shape, textures the flat star with various tools, then creates a sort of filigree effect with onlays (.. a clay rope as a frame to cover & hold down the photo's edges--textured with a comb, plus twisted ropes and other little clay balls, etc.)

Cecilia's many framed photos for xmas ornaments (onlaid) (website gone)
Ginny's xmas tree frame (clay gun squeezes on clay shape with hole cut out in middle) (gone?)
...see more of this type in Frames/Mirrors > Medium & Small Frames

component pieces of somewhat 3-D simple objects, created in "layers"
.....hacrafter makes wood cutouts (which could be polymer) as component pieces of ornaments .... for example, she has a snowman head cutout, in this case, embellished with a scarf,sticking out from the back of a large decorated mitten (but extending) and has a snowman arm onlaid on the mitten as well ...the mitten's decorations could be polymer too (slices or onlays)

slightly-puffed figures & other shapes
... vbffl had an idea which could be adapted to polymer clay ......she had made very thin figures (gingerbread people?) with two sheets of paper bag which were sewn together near the edge... they had wadded paper inside to puff them out a bit
...for clay, these could made instead from two cutouts from sheets of brownish clay (or white for a snowman, or any color for any other figure or any shape)... use a cookie cutter or free-draw the 2 shapes
.......the cutout sheet shapes could be embellished if desired (or wait till later)
...then they'd be sandwiched with some clay or even a bit of tissue or cornstarch peanut between them
...the edges would then be crimped shut, or faux "stitched" with tracing wheel indentations
......or the figures could be made puffy by blowing into a gap left in the edges (perhaps with a thin straw)
...these could be made made largefor xmas ornaments, or smaller for pins, etc.

SCULPTING ... (3-D Figures & Objects... and Bas relief)

mostly 3-D
(ornaments, figures, items, scenes)

Again almost anything will work as an ornament ... whether it has a Christmas/winter theme, or not!
. . . (e.g. wreaths, candy canes made by twisting together a red and a white snake of clay, other candies, little boxes with bows, cookie cutter or other shapes, gingerbread houses or fronts, etc.)

*Elizabeth's minatures (more of a lesson to come):
gingerbread people cookies with icing and raisins , hot chocolate and mini marshmallows,cups, saucers, mixing bowl, cookie sheet, wooden rolling pin,wooden spoon, dough

Donna Kato's lessons on making (Nativity) figures and animals (plus turban, fez type hat, crown, halo)
Oscelyn's owl and penguin (Nativity figures), next to stable
Linda WP's lesson on making a polar bear with ice skates on mirror pond ...and a dog on a sled (made w/ FimoSoft's "Metallic White" clay) (... to enlarge the text,
change the % to 175 from 125, in the pdf toolbar window )
Linda WP's lesson on making a seated snowman and penguin sitting on clay "candy dish"... with scarf, mittens, earmuffs, and holly vine
Nanetta's lesson on making a snow person "babe" with a dotted and fringed scarf, a hat, sunglasses, wire arms, etc
.... she uses a bullet shaped "weight" in, and protruding up from, the bottom ball... places the middle ball on top of that plus a toothpick in and protruding through that ... then places the top ball (little bit of toothpick protruding on top too) (click also on pg. 2)
(see many more snow men below in Websites)

Sculpey's many lessons on Christmas ornaments & decotations (many)

simple mini Santa (wings also) made on a clay base shaped like a tall cone
Bonnie W's sculpted figures, reindeer, snowmen, etc.,,HGTV_3352_1529000,00.html
Kathy W's snowmen (w boots), Santas (w legs), angels (w feet) and candy canes... hanging as ornaments
chellebeadz' simple snowmen, penguins, and other characters, with hats, etc.
Cecilia Determan's many figures & heads (3-D and bas relief)... including Santas, moose, elves, girls & boys, trees, snowmen, etc.
Ruth's babies in blankets ornaments (gone)
Shane's ethereal angels for sale, with many tiny Christmas items in their arms...

Babette's adorable little elves dressed in Christmas colors (click on 10 Little Elves)
(see more elves in Halloween > St. Patrick's Day)

Tamara's lesson on making a tiny (gingerbread) Christmas house (2-storey) with decorations, plus tree etc, on a base mostly with slices from tiny canes... she cuts two thick slices from house-shaped logs (one smaller and cut thinner than the other) ... lays a sheet of white clay on roof of each ...puts the smaller one on top of the larger one as a 2nd floor ...adds cane slice decorations ...places house on disk of white clay and adds a tree, bushes, etc. in "yard"
NoraJean's tiny gingerbread house plus path and yard-scene on top of Altoid box! (click on Mini-Food at top... then click on Gingerbread-3 on left)
(see many more gingerbread houses and gingerbread people in Houses-Structures > Gingerbread)

darcangel's. s'mores snowmen made with simulated foods
... each has 2 polymer marshmallows for body, 2 stacked faux chocolate slabs for hat, faux graham cracker underneath, and faux carrot and raisins for nose, eyes, smile ... arms are just jute sticking out to sides

many wonderful lifelike Santa faces (mostly with fabric clothing, over simple armatures)

Susan's cool lesson on making a shelf-sitter figure, using parts from 2 red socks for clothing!
...face, hands, boots made from clay with molds
...cut each sock into 2 pieces (under ribbing, leaving ankle and foot area)
...for torso, make large egg-shaped ball of clay (over aluminum foil ball for armature, if desired) --large end should fit into ankle area of one sock).. can flatten bottom a bit so will sit well, and widen upper part a little for "shoulders"
...form complete head from face mold + pad of clay, over aluminum foil ball armature mounted on a long wire with lg. loop at one end (for head)
...add more clay to make neck and upper shoulders... insert head wire into torso, and smooth it to torso
...bake head-torso ... (sit figure on edge of a box for rest of proj.)
...slip ribbing from sock 1 onto whole torso... sew or glue along top of shoulders except for neck area
...slip ankle area of sock 1 onto bottom half of torso ...trim off tip of sock, then cut sock-foot vertically creating two legs (remove and sew/glue ea.into tube)... glue molded (baked) boot into end of each leg tube... replace and glue to torso
...cut ribbing from sock 2 into two long arms... glue into tubes... glue molded baked hand/wrist into end of ea. arms to shoulder area ...(add beard, hair, felt?suspenders, buttons, etc.... can use toe for cap)

(see many more FIGURES and HEADS of snowmen, Santas, Nativity, etc.... and ANIMALS (penguins, reindeer, etc. )..... and lessons:
in " Websites" below, in GlassBalls > Outside (on top), and also in
Sculpting > "Websites")

I recently made a couple of experimental "icicles" out of transparent clay and cane onlays.... as Christmas decorations. They haven't come out exactly as I wanted yet, but they seem pretty strong. They are all Premo, and about 6 inches long is the longest one.... tapering in width. melanie

Lisa's pinecone (or flower) created by making many cuts in a egg-shaped (?) piece of clay, beginning at the bottom?) and bending them back; if the shape is flatter to begin with, it can resemble a multi-petalled flower (add a center?)

Pennydolls' sled (with baby inside and other decorations)-- lesson on making a support to go into a purchased sled to hold the figure (click on English flag, then on Fimo Workshops, then on November photo)
...also her winter pine trees & toy train & snow (December photo)

miniature Christmas tree, with cutout-star ornaments, twisted ropes tinsel, glitter, twisted ropes bow on package, etc, by Claire

faux pine tree or Christmas tree (held in arms of Santa figure) ... a straight length of artificial pine (one decorated with tiny polymer balls, etc.)

To simulate a light frosty snow look, whitish mica powders like Pearl Ex can be dry-brushed onto the wet clay before baking. I used it on my lightswitch cover of holly berries in the December Arts and Crafts (the one with Hillary on the cover). Syndee

...both Rub 'N Buff and acrylic paints come in white, which might give a touch-of-snow look wherever applied.
...I've added gold Pearl-Ex to white acrylic paint then painted bisque with it - the result is a subtle metallic glow when the light hits a certain way.
I once used the white Liquid Sculpey )-- not the regular translucent LS-- (currently available only mail order, but you could try white oil paint or a white powder) for a snow look. It was amazingly real looking. . . .I think I painted on the item, and then used some kind of stenciling brush to pounce on it for a snow like pattern. Jeanne
make a bunch of small cones of white clay and place them on tips of trees for snow dripping down. ....add a layer of TLS and sprinkle glitter over it.....cure. Kim K.
....for a powdery snow, try grating cured Pearl clay on the tiniest grater you can find. .... the dust from my pearl snowman beads would be good too . Denise M.
...make a falling-snow background by making large and small ropes of blue, then inserting tiny white ropes in among them before pressing them all together; stand them vertically and cut this sky-with-snow background into whatever pieces you need (to surround your tree).

Eva's ornaments ...twisted-ropes circle frames, with small sculpted figures standing or sitting on the bottoms of frame (like a swing) or

Sandy's mini-wreath with twisted vines & bird (see other wreaths on this page)

CD roms can be used in various ways (see Covering > CD's and also Onlay > CD Shards for more)
.... lesson on scene with simple snowman "fishing" through hole in center, snow around edges

... to make the water look blue, use blue paint on foam core under the CD... will show through)
...could use polymer for all; see polymer pastes (Paints) for snow..
skating scene idea... if you want to cover the hole in the middle you could make an island. -Nf

egg ornaments with scenes .....or any polymer sculpts or embellishments:
...long ago my great aunt used to cut small images from Christmas cards (in an oval shape), then glue them inside a blown egg which had an tall oval area cut out of one side. The egg became sort of a fancy frame or shadow box. She then put some cotton in the bottom of the egg and added tiny shell flowers and leaves she used to make. To finish the outside, she glued a row of pearls around the cut edge, with a row of ruffled lace behind that. Awesome... I've never seen directions for these or other photos, but would love to if they exist. Diane B.
...Treebelly has many creative ideas for eggs, including egg houses, mosaics, and many more.
(click on each photo for many more photos!)
...(see Eggs for many more ideas re eggs)

see more sculpted Christmas items in Other Ideas below

more on making little scenes of all kinds here at GlassAttic:
Kids-Beginners > Scenes & Dioramas
Houses-Structures for houses, castles, "ground," stone-brick, scenery, furniture, etc.
Sculpting > Bases
Miniatures for plants, food, other items & scenes
Halloween > Scenes, Dioramas, Houses

mostly Bas Relief sculpted things

Elizabeth's lesson on making mini-gingerbread house ...fronts, decorated with candies (be sure and click on Templates and the last photo to see details)

.....I think I'll print out that lesson and send it with some clay to my daughter-in-law wholikes crafts and has 5 small ones at home. Maybe she could do this with them for next christmas . . . I think that they could also attatch them to wreaths for decorating the door, as well as ornaments for the tree. Could even put one tied onto the bow for that special touch on a christmas present. Amanda
...Thank you so much for the lesson. I'm going to make this one up and send the pieces to my mom who is in her 80's and doesn't cook now.

(see Houses-Structures > Gingerbread for lessons and photos of gingerbread houses and fronts

Garie's kids' (mostly bas relief) Christmas scenes & figures (reindeer, snowman, Santa, trees) on bases... also gifts, Jap.cartoon characters, xmas trees, some on interesting backgrounds (tree, house, etc.)

Martha's winter seascape bas relief (on background slab of clay with edges "gathered" upward)... pine trees with snow, ocean, lighthouse . . . also simple scene with simple figures and other winter themed items, including skater, snow scene with snowmen (click on Details)

Kathy G's winter pine trees (metallic) with snow ... (Liquid Sculpey with white/pearl Pearl Ex?), stars outlined in blue (onlay) (website gone)

Marie R's lessons on making: a log cabin bas relief (on a xmas ball ornament or a votive, or anywhere) with snow (made from light blue tanslucent sheet under a white sheet of clay), some icicles created by pulling the snow under roof, etc., downwards, and snow-covered mountains created by manipulating the strip of clay cut into a mountain range shape and applied to ball, adding a darker blue clay here and there for valleys, etc.) . . . she uses a base clay cut with a cookie cutter to add her logs to.
...also showing snow on the ground made with a metal "clay shaper" (like small, short stiff palette knife, wood handle)
........ she mixes white Premo with small flecks or gratings of turquoise, dark blue and possibly lavender clays in the pasta machine until they begin to "melt" into the white (these will be the snow "shadows")... place on surface (in her case a winter scene ornament) and manipulate with the shaper or fingers into hills, valleys, drifts, etc.

Consuelo's wonderful decorated pine tree
....tree created with overlaid rows of green textured (almost like crochet), scalloped, green clay curled along lower edges... with twisted strips of gold clay as tinsel ...and poinsettias and tiny balls as ornaments
textured night sky with stars, snowflakes ...and textured snow (with bit of blue along top?)... stacked snowmen
plus her other snowman with faux knitted scarf and tree

(see other websites on this page for more tiny objects that can be put on a background sheet)

Maureen's lesson on angel ornament (high-relief) with wings and dangling feet under skirt, using her pattern shapes-- & head and wings mold
Amy K's lesson on making a bas relief tile (could be hung) . . . snowman head and embellishment
Garie's kids' Christmas bas relief scenes
snowman bas relief scene from Marie R kids' class ...with snow, starry sky, moon and bare tree
*Feat of Clay's relief snowman, etc., from her book Clay Cut Outs
lesson on making a family of snow people ornament
Karen P's lesson on how to use the hands, feet, and face molds to make a bas relief old world Santa on a plaque

**Heather R's lesson on using different colors of clay to fill in a mold (in this case, for a Santa figure)

(....also see many more below in "Websites". . . and in Onlay ...and in Sculpting > Websites > Bas Relief)


see Liquid Clay page for many more ways to use liquid clay . . . , including window clings, decoupage, drizzling, etc.

You can "transfer" a photocopy of a person or other winter/xmas image directly onto raw clay... or you can make a decal-type transfer which can be placed onto baked clay or anywhere else.
....(to learn how to do these transfers--and they are neat!--check out Transfers... esp. the Photocopy and Liquid Clay sub-categories )

Various powders can be used with liquid clays, either as inclusions for color or texture, or to create dimensional embossing.
......These could include metallic powders, embossing powders, chalks, etc.
Another way to color the liquid clay is to mix in tiny amounts of oil paints or scrapings from oil pastels into unbaked liquid clay.

Kathy G's liquid clay (with white and or pearl clay or maybe Pearl Ex ?) to make winter pine trees (metallic) with "snow" ... stars outlined in blue (onlay)

using embossing powder on liquid clay. . . Marie R's lesson on drizzling-drawing an xmas tree or other shape onto baked clay withTLS, pulling more lines out with needle tool, then dumping embossing powder over liquid clay areas and tamping off excess, before rebaking 275 for 15 min to melt powder ... (can use as ornament, gift tag, etc.)
....Sculpey's lesson on using metallic powders or inks to color liquid clay, before placing drops of it onto clay shapes (in this case tinted-translucent clay stars)... toothpick can be used to pull through the dots creating longer line patterns in the liquid clay; bake 275, 25 min
... can then stack onto another or larger shape and repeat process with baking, if desired

I once used the white Liquid Sculpey )-- not the translucent -- (currently available only mail order, but could try white oil paint or a white powder) for a snow look. It was amazingly real looking. It has been a long time, but I think I let it set out for awhile, painted on the item, and used some kind of stenciling brush to pounce on it for a snow like pattern. Jeanne

Donna C's lesson on making flat xmas tree ornaments with ropes of clay (hers from a clay gun) made on a tile or sheet of glass... "closed shapes" created, then filled in with liquid clay (some colored with metallic acrylic paints, swirled Pearl Ex, etc.)

GLASS BALL ornaments or items
...or light bulbs ...or eggs ....or wood forms ... or papier mache balls...or ping pong balls

for more info on these ball ornaments +breaking them out + more info on covering/embellishing xmas lightbulbs -- indoor or outdoor
see Covering > Glass > Glass Balls

buying & preparing the balls, etc.

Generally, either the colored glass ball ornaments or the clear ones can be used...( see below for removing color, or can leave color as is)
...if you’ll be using white, translucent, or glow-in-dark clay, the ball's color can show through for those, buy silver balls which are mirrored inside but don't have a color coating on the outside (or clear ones?)

I use cheapo glass balls from Walgreen's or Michaels, e.g....about $3-4 a dozen. obirtasil
......and after Xmas, they're cheap everywhere
...they come by the dozen... in boxes
..the better ones have filigree-type gold-colored tops... the others are a plain dull silver.

To make the colored ones clear:
....soak in hot soapy water, possibly with a little bleach... can add a bit of fabric to solution inside ball and shake to help remove
....another thing try for removing the color would be to use denture tablets (you know, like Efferdent tablets). It will even take flash-plating off of cheap jewelry, so I'd bet it will take the coating off of Christmas balls! Susannah
...I cleaned mine using salt and water....NO SMELL....loved it! It was so easy....I just put a lot of salt and a little water inside and swirled it around. ..came off quickly and no mess, then poured that into the next ball, and maybe add a little more salt but kept pouring that mixture into the next ball! ...and made the glass sparkling the balls I used were soo old...... Then I just rinsed them out and dried them. Deb in PA
...You can soak it in bleach OR ammonia OR vinegar ...BUT NEVER
MIX any of those together!!!!!!! (...some paints come off better in ammonia, some in bleach, and some in vinegar)
...In my experience, most of the ornaments made recently don't need the colors removed if you don't want... It is mainly with older ornaments that you need to worry about what is in the paint (to prevent bubbling or other problems), and therefore need to remove it. Kimba
...I bought these glass balls with a pearl coating on the outside which dissolves easily in water. . .the silver inside though is different. Dawn.
..these glass balls are made by different companies, so there is probably a difference in the paints they use
.....for difficult ones, maybe you could coat them with an extremely thin coat of liquid clay and bake, before putting the decorations on???
What am I doing wrong?.... Tried putting a santa face on a red glass ball I bought. Worked just fine, but whatever was painted on the outside of the ball baked off. ..It's still red, but you can scratch off the paint easily with a fingernail... I salvaged it by coating it with a clear acrylic finish.. Ellen

WARNING ....the glass shapes which Michaels sells for ornaments (the ones you buy separately for about $1.00 each) are really fragile! and thinner than ordinary the glass balls bought as 12 to a box, etc. thumb went through one (while I was putting slices on it) & shattered the glass w/ very little pressure
...... the glass went all over everywhere too
......I went back to attempt to do the "other" (teardrop) shaped ornaments I'd bought--same brand, even thinner! One shattered when I gently laid a cane slice on, then rolled it against the palm of my hand. ...I'm not sure it would withstand a drop off of a tree branch . .since they're more expensive, I'd expect them to be less fragile and dangerous, but they're A LOT thinner. Laurel
...i have learned, thru experience dealing with fragile surfaces, to never use my thumb (too strong), ring, or baby fingers (little control). ...use the index finger only with an occasional switch to the middle finger.... also roll the fingers back and forth only, never push.... apply all the canes first using the pointer finger to secure them to the surface without any regard to smoothing... once all the canes are applied, then use a small roller or brayer to smooth and blend them out. Sunni strengthen those kinds of glass shapes, maybe you could cover them with liquid clay and bake before covering just like one way of preparing eggs for covering. (Brenda Lea)
......I use a stabiliser (on my fragile quail eggs) before covering. . . PVA (white) glue - the thicker the better (let dry overnight). You possibly could consider a similar treatment for the glass ornaments - they'll be an awful lot stronger and if they do break, the glass will be covered in a plastic envelope .. Alan V.
...Sandie W's rounded cube shape (and star) glass ornaments, covered with clay
....the square (cube) ones are the easiest (...i have problems doing the round ones so they are really smooth)
....... to cover the cube ones more safely:... measure a rectangle of clay which is long enough to fit around the 4 sides of the cube (plus 1" which will give an extra 1/2" extra on each end), and wide enough to cover the side plus the top and bottom... (centering the strip) wrap it around the 4 sides of the ornie, and seal side edge (don't do anything to overhang just yet)...then do the ornie bottom (do not touch corners) by pulling up the overhanging clay (from the center of each overhung side) and laying each side so it touches the bottom glass ... then pinch the corners tightly, and cut them off with scissors (...gently smoosh the clay smooth)..... do the same with the top (sometimes the top gets too high so i use a blade to trim).... then put the cap and hanger back on ...remove any lumps...and bake ...sandie


...if covering the balls completely, you can use an adhesive underneath, or not
.....coat with white glue (Sobo, Weldbond is especially strong, etc.) then let tack up if you need to give a little more tooth to the ball, then add the clay and bake
.....or use "sizing" (a white glue that remains tacky after drying)
......I would use a light brushing of liquid clay to secure raw clay to glass if I'm not going to get a mechanical grip, and it works quite well...Sue
.....Marie S. also suggests using a little bit of E-6000 (?) under raw clay before baking in a Michaels lesson
.....however... i
f you're only partially covering the balls (with pieces that aren't connected), you can glue the UNBAKED clay on with liquid clay or superglue and just see if it sticks well after baking
...... if it doesn't stick well, bake the pieces in place (esp. if large so they'll be properly curved), then pop them off the glass after baking, and glue back on with Goop/E6000 or 2-part epoxy glue, etc.

There is no problem baking the balls since they are glass... you can take out or leave in the metal cap while baking.
.....can also paint the metal caps, or cover with clay
.....or you can make a clay stopper for the neck hole... but it the stopper is solid, it will pop off during baking because the air inside the ball heats up and leave a tiny hole in the top or bake it separately...see more on making lids for bottles in BOH > Stoppers)

for the hangers, I glued on jewelry caps. Teri
Gay's lesson showing how she adds a wire "hanger" around the neck of the bulb which allows a light to be suspended inside it
(where is more on hangers?)

To hold the balls upright while painting, drying, etc., you can use snakes of raw polymer clay and form them into circles
.... or cut rings from cardboard cores, or cut holes in egg cartons, etc..

Remember, if you're using mostly Sculpey light-colored clay or a large proportion of some brands of translucent, keep the temp. at only around 225 or it will brown --or use the "enclosed baking method" or tent the item with aluminum foil --but don't let it touch.)


Glass balls (clear or metallic) sold as tree ornaments can be used in several ways with polymer clay (for Christmas-related items, or not):
....covered or partly covered
...used as torsos... also as bases --neck opening for pens, etc.
...have things inside (or be painted inside) ... have larger things attached outside, etc.
....can also be lighted (from inside)
....can be broken out to leave a hollow clay shell
...can also be used as forms for making bowls, igloos, etc.
...colored balls can have color removed)

You can cover the entire thing, or you can cover only parts
options for covering the whole ball would include everything from a single cane slice (maybe centered, at several places around a clear or colored ball), to ropes and vines, to molded shapes, images impressed with stamps, or cutouts . . . to ANYTHING!).
...using metallic powders or waxes is an easy way to get a holiday look

Linda Geer's many covered glass balls (various techniques used
...including openwork, Balinese Filigree, wrapping with thin snakes, etc)

Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild's AIDS donation ornaments
....onlay, partly covered, whole-ball Santa, etc. .... and

Marie S's cane slices only on top portion of glass ball ornaments

...Bev's excellent lesson on covering a glass ball ornament
......she first covers with a base layer of clay (by pinching 4 seams top and bottom in a wrapped-around cylinder of clay, then slicing off the excess, and smoothing)
(where other lessons, ways?)

.... (see Bev's lesson just above for making a base layer)... for this lesson, she uses more than one cane, and slightly overlaps some
.........then she adds lots of cane slices to about 70% of the available area
.......... then she adds her favorite or more complex cane slices to the remaining areas, partly overlapping or actually centered on top of others slices . . . hand rolls, bakes and sands.
Peggy's almost completely cane-slice covered glass ball ornaments

Jeanine's large cane slice on the front of an egg, surrounded with background-cane pattern like a "frame"

Cynthia S's cane slices grouped here and there in star-like or other patterns on the surface of a colored glass ball ornament,1789,HGTV_3268_1393087,00.html (click on purple ball)
Anna's cane slices and other pattern bits ... here and there on colored glass ball ornaments (website gone)

...Marie R's lessons on making a log cabin bas relief scene on a glass ball (or on a votive, or anywhere) with snow, icicles, and snow-covered mountains ... are above in "Sculpting")
...cover the bottom 1/3 of a glass or wood ornament with white clay.....cover the top 2/3 (or 1/4 and 3/4, your choice) with the sky blue clay... then make trees out of the green(s) in all different sizes and place on ball with their bottoms resting somewhere on white clay. .....make a bunch of small cones of white clay and place on tips of trees for snow dripping down. ....Add a layer of TLS to (either) half and sprinkle glitter over it.....cure, add TLS to the other half and glitter it. Kim K.


glass ball could be used just as a torso . . . e.g. for a reindeer or Santa, etc., and have head and limbs added separately if needed, or be used as a form for a round head
Personalized's figure (snowman) made using ball as torso ... "shirt" is cone-shaped and wider at bottom to grab around the top 1/2 of the ball (then head and arms added); feet or shoes are pressed to the bottom of the ball

Consuelo's fancy fish body covered with large cane slices, with dimensional clay bits for fins, lips & eyes
snowmen (or any face) made with white or silver glass bulbs (eyes,nose,mouth & earmuffs, head covering added) (could all be polymer)
snowmen, Santas, figures made by heavily sculpting clay around glass balls, baking, then painting afterward (bas relief)
tallmouse's snowman, reindeer, penguin eggs ... onlays on egg with many materials, but could be polymer
more of tallmouse's projects... could be done with polymer instead
Josh's Santa face lesson with hat & tiny legs,feet; face is onlaid over most of the ball (don't need to use use plastic ornament... there are small colored glass orn's available)

Shandell's glittered glass ornament torsos, with feet and large heads (moose, snowman, etc.)
Shelly's cute moose head, with holly sprig under forelock as head atop a knitted, stuffed body
*Karen's lesson on face-and-body wood egg figure (Santa, etc.)
~my little guys are made from a wood egg, covered with floral tape (it makes the clay adhere better to the wood). Karen
...Lynda's Santa lesson, based on Karen's lesson

Linda's figures with torso of glass ball (some completely covered, some with
just head on top of uncovered colored ball, etc.)
Pam A's many figures made over covered glass balls (using paper clay)

Garie's kids' Santa figure made with plastic ball .. with long clay legs/arms and head added to ball

Merri Beth's figure formed over xmas ornament or light bulb? ...with jointed arms made from beads and jingle bells... bottom covered, top has slices only here and there
katbyte's Grinch, snowman, witch, on glass balls etc. (website gone)


...Marcy's teapots made from glass ball ornaments (hers covered with clay first, then spouts, handles, lids and bases added)
...Lonnie's mini-lesson on making glass ball teapots in which acrylic paint had been swirled to create a glassy "pot" that resembles ceramic...
......then added polymer parts to the outside: .....added a ruffled collar around the neck as her lid, and a molded ring as a base on the bottom so it could stand independently.... then a fat rope for the spout (mostly pressed to the ball) and a handle (make sure that the handle and spout are lined up the same... and also that they have plenty of contact with the glass -- or use a bit of liquid clay, or white glue underneath . . . .then she baked --could also pop some parts off after baking, then reattach with glue (she also added an xmas themed rub-on to the center of the outside) (more examples)

....cute teapots can also be made with standard lightbulbs (with the break-out-the-bulb-after-baking method) and there are a lot of other fun shapes available. Jody B. (see Jody's video... and see Covering > Glass > Lightbulbs)
...see also teapot made with blown egg in Eggs (Treebelly)
(...more teapot inspiration in Miniatures > Dishware, and in Beads > Other Types & Shapes)

a tiny house (with the neck hole used as the door, a chimney, window, vent pipe, etc.) could be made with a covered glass ball
. . . fantasy type, even themed as for Halloween

I use a twisted square rope of mica clay to coil around a form like Mike Buessler's "Bee Hive" technique
.this can be left dimensional as is, or rolled smooth
(see Mica > Mike Buesseler > twisted ropes, for details)

LeeAnn A's cut out stars, spirals and strips, etc., on clear balls (can see through to other side a bit)

Diana C's frosted glass ball, partly covered with flowers and vines
....Marie S's green glass balls ornament, partially covered with ropes of clay in spirals, loops, etc.
.......clay is black(!?)... could also cover raw clay on ornament with metallic powders before baking
.......prob. used bit of liquid clay or white glue under raw ropes, but maybe could cover whole ball with clear acrylic sealer to give some tooth for atttaching?
... Shaneangel has beautiful glass balls (and also bottles) partially covered with leaves, vines, etc. (applied to glass with superglue or liquid clay) ... leaving lots of glass to show through
... (gone...phooey!) and not at new site
(for lesson on partially covering a drinking glass with translucent clay cutouts (reindeer, branches), or first covering glass with translucent clay, then applying cutouts from white clay, see above in Cutouts)
...Michaels' lesson on putting clay tree cutouts onto a glass ball (they use an air-dry clay though) .. large ribbon top of ball
...Marie S's lesson on partly covering a glass (vase) with a long strip of clay (to which letters and embellishments are added)... she also uses a bit of E-6000 glue under the strip if needed before baking! (?)
...Karen's lesson on applying fabric shapes embedded with solid clay (#2 thickness sheet), to a glass ball ornament ... she cuts out the shape with scissors, sometimes adds rope frame, then applies to ball over some dried white glue and flattens edges of frame... then bakes

Elise's partial coverages, with beads-dangly inside
....and Balinese Filigree at top ..
like jester-collar top and bottom ... encircling vertical lines in 2 directions)

Diane V's hot air balloon ornament ... balloon is a glass ornament (not perfectly round, but could be)
...she partly covers the middle of the ball with X'
s of clay strips as the "ropes" (+ small medallion over each join)
...she connects the top and bottom of X's with rows of scallopped +leaf-cutter holes cut out, and twisted ropes
......also adds on the top row four larger, dimensional, 4-loop bows (each loop a pointed oval cutout, pinched at each end... each folded over (a tube of paper, hold shape in baking) so that pinched ends stacked... all 4 pinched tips joined tip-to-tip in a "plus" shape ...tiny flattened ball placed over the join area to hide it
....then she hangs a clay basket underneath (thin rope of clay coiled around removable form as base... twisted ropes (2 of same color?) coiled around that... another strip of scallopped, cut-out clay near top, etc.

can cover a ball with clay, then use sharp cutters to cut out multiple shapes (could later light from inside, or could do over swirled paint inside, etc.)
... or cover or partly cover sheets or strips, etc., with the shapes already cut out

a "display window" can be created by mostly covering a glass votive, leaving one area blank
.........Kara mostly covered a jar and put a baby inside
I tried cutting windows intoclay covered ball as cells for stained glass, etc., and also trying to figure out how to make Art Nouveau style designs. Diana
ome glass balls look as if they are frosted, with a window area that's unfrosted for seeing inside
........might be a fun thing to do with fine glitter held with glue/water
like Elmers, or glass etching cream


Add clay on top of or around the balls:
...lesson: snow-like cane slice tops for glass balls (syndee),,HGTV_3239_1379885,00.html

Add small sculpted clay figures or heads or anything to the top of the balls (or anywhere)
.. but be aware of the balance of the ornament when you complete it so it isn't out of "plumb".. my angel made the ornament top heavy and it didn't hang correctly. Patty B.
...Becky Meverden has a lesson on Carol Duvall showing how to make a snowman with cap and sign, then glue it on top of a glass ball ornament with cotton balls inside ("snowballs for sale").. some holly is glued to the outside also,1789,HGTV_3352_1567322,00.html
...Dianne C's snow people on top of ornaments

...Ria’s figures on top of ornaments, presents (find new URL)
Diana's balls with large rose, leaves and bow on top of ball (could be just swirled paint inside instead)

for kids (of adults)... could also put small clay representations of things that happened during the year, or favorite toys, characters, hobbies, occupation, etc. ....inside or outside balls

...individual raw cane slices or molded shapes or strips of clay, etc., can be placed on a bare ball (or on a interior-swirl-painted bare ball, or on a base of clay) --with or without white glue, super glue or liquid clay-- then baked in place ...I've decorated some balls with as few as 4 small cane slices (on the "equator" at 4 points)
......if the balls won't receive too much handling, the pieces may stay on fine especially if they aren't heavy or projecting attach more firmly though, pop off and glue back on with E-6000, 2-part expoxy glue, etc.
(pre-baked single items can be added to balls too, but larger ones may not be curved enough on their back sides to fit well (so could bake on ball first or on something with a similar curvature)


glitter overlay...
...after smoothing your cane slices or marblized clay, etc., over a glass ball (or pen, etc.), pour some ultra fine glitter into the palm of your hand and roll the ball around in your hands to stick a light coating of glitter all over. ... press it into the clay so that the surface is quite smooth... bake and when it's cool, coat with Varathane or Future. Jody Bishel
(DB: or use Pearl-Ex??)
...example of this on a pen at Kim's page with snowflake cane

You can also draw designs onto the outsides of ornaments with bottled glitter or other paints which have a fine tip --in several sessions to avoid smearing (see above for holding balls while drawing or drying) ... can be baked after drying as well?
... or use liquid clay (drizzled, painted, etc.), tinted or with inclusions
... or use paint pens

transfers (esp. decal types) could be added to the outside of glass balls, then frames or other embellishments added (see Transfers, esp > Liquid Clays)
.... these could be transferred images of people, clip art, or any xmas images (from favorite Chrismas cards, for example)
...Christmas graphics from Thomas Nast & Coca Cola's Santa


Add clay things inside the balls...clear or lightly tinted xmas balls can also have small pieces/figures or polymer scenes inside them...with long tweezers, or forceps?
..........I have a great gripper tool (to place the items into the ball with), courtesy of my job. :-) I am a surgery nurse ...this one is about 14 inches long with scissor type handle at a 90 degree angle to the rod with a gripper device at the end. It can also be rotated from the handle. Very useful. CC Cathi
...since I started shipping the ornaments, I realize that some of the clays used as a base inside the glass balls (which attach to the figures, etc.) have become now before I add the clay to the bottom of the ball, I add a few drops of crazy glue first. So far this has seemed to work.
....pignstuff's glass balls with scenes inside (the pieces are baked first, then raw Sculpey is placed inside on the bottom of the glass ball, the baked pieces are added and then the whole piece is baked again)...Teresa  
scene in glass ball with trees, polymer snowpeople frolicking, and snow drifts around perimeter of aluminum foil lake.
...lesson: "I put heavy aluminum foil inside the bottom (not completely smooth), shiny side out, and secured with a small square of two-sided tape ....I rolled a circle of clear plastic (cut from the flat side of a blister pack) around my finger enough to get it through the top, then it sprang back into shape & fell flat on the foil, using a small sponge-tipped paint stick to move it ...since I couldn't bake the plastic, I formed the snow in segments which could fit through the top, baked, then glued them and the trees (stems of green dried freesia from Michael's) in place with E6000 ...same with the snow people. . . . I am putting a gingerbread house scene in the next one." CC Cathi
...a cute idea for the inside of a ball might involve making a little scene inside on cotton with a truck, or just the truck, etc. .... then add clay around the top outside area of the ball to hide the mini-light you'd drop into the top? Diane B.
....for that Carol Duvall show ball, you make polymer clay fish, hang them in the inside with string, and place a kitty cat on the top of the ornament.
....Kathy W's fish dangling inside glass ball (cat on top of ball)
NOW AT? ... (gone)
...lesson on making a real terrarium in a glass ball ornament (could add clay figures or clay structures to it... or just use plastic greenery, moss, etc.)...for the terraium, a baked clay lid could be glued onto it to keep it going for a long time,21135,785211,00.html
or a "California Snowman" inside a glass ornament, make a little carrot nose, 3 lumps of coal, a couple of sticks and a "scarf,"then drop those items inside with some sand, and let it rattle around. Kim K.

clear plastic balls available at Michaels etc., can be opened in halves, then re-sealed (be careful of the orientation though for hanging)

lesson on printing a photo, etc., onto transparency (.005 acetate, overhead?) film with an inkjet (or must be made with a laser copier?), then cutting into a circle which is rolled up around a pencil and inserted into a clear glass ball (on Carol Duvall)... of course, clay embellishments cold also be added,,HGTV_3352_1382715,00.html,,HGTV_3268_1382884,00.html
Carol Duvall also has a lesson on cutting and decorating a .005 acetate sheet before rolling it around a pen to allow it to be inserted into a clear ball (instead of the acetate, we could use some of the decals?TLS clings? tattoos? or other transfers?) . . . for her disk, a drawing can be made with paint pens or permanent markers, or color laser copies can be attached to one or both sides of the disk using a glue stick; nudge into place with chopstick, etc.,,HGTV_3472_1371450,00.html

Daniel Rowland's "memory" ornaments on Carol Duvall
..each year he decorates a glass
ball for each of his grandchildren
.......makes notes of all the cute things the kids say, dates the notes, then puts them inside each child's ornament
....also writes down special events, what each received for Christmas, etc...he hopes to sit down with the kids once they're teenagers and have a good laugh over them.


swirling acrylic paints inside of clear glass balls to create glossy ceramic look
.....can be either a solid covering of single-color paint, or could be marbled or streaked, etc...
...since the exterior is glass, the result is a high gloss finish resembling ceramic
...white glues (dry clear) can also be used, and have inclusions like glitter, etc, sprinkled on them (wh.would show from the outside when dry)
...Tim Holtz's lesson on using gold leaf sizing (a white glue that stays tacky after drying.. he used Duo Embellishing Adhesive) instead of paint, then put in different colors of metallic powders (he used Perfect Pearls pearly embossing powders, but others would work fine) which he applied by tapping off a brush inside....when that dried, ball was filled w/ black paint diluted 50/50 with water & drained... he used various natural metal colors (silver, copper, gold) to make a numbeer of balls for a wreath, etc.,1789,HGTV_3270_2398680,00.html
...I used fabric paint, it was shimmery and worked great. kristal
...I paint the insides of some with BOTH glass paint and acrylic glass and glitter first (used a soda straw to blow the paint where I wanted it.) Turn upside down and allow most drip out. Hit it with hair dryer if needed. The finished piece will have a thin coating of paint, and look like a soap bubble with bits of glitter. When that's dry, then use the acrylic paints (either "Gleems" or pearlized paints) as the second layer. Turn over & drain. Mary
...these painted balls could have added bits of polymer on the outside, or the ball could be partially covered with clay in the usual ways leaving less of the paint showing
....Genevieve first soaked the color off her colored balls, then put some red paint inside and swirled it around to coat ...she had to wait for it to dry before putting them in the oven. kellie
...before adding the paint, be sure you rinse the inside of the ornament out with rubbing alcohol or vinegar and let dry COMPLETELY!!! I did have a few where the paint didn't stick in some places, but not much ... I had also tried a different paint (Plaid) and that may have been the problem. Lisa
...The paint swirled inside the ball worked really well--except for the one in which the paint hadn't dried long enough. It takes several days to dry thoroughly. Genevieve
. . . .a hair dryer or possibly baking at less than 250?, can speed up the drying.
...I used Folk Art acrylic paint - it's pretty thick. I just dumped some in, kept turning the ball - kept having to dump more in. When I felt it was throughly covered I just let it sit an hour.... then I tilted it up side down over a cup and let it drain out
...try using a straw inserted into the neck of the ornament to blow the paint around...or drop a small bead into the paint and swirl it around the inside
... since you had a problem with your paint looking streaky rather than giving solid coverage... maybe your paint was a little thin - or maybe you should just wait a while for the paint to set up a little before trying to drain it out.
.....I only had frosted ornaments, but the frosted look went away when I put the clear glitter paint (inside?)
.... I think
that if you add a metallic or a pearl paint to the mix, it really helps to keep it from looking flat. Lisa
... Iridescent Glass Paint (Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel) can also be used in the ball (to see some effects using these, click on, then search for glass balls)
....I poured clear-drying glue (like Elmers white glue) on the inside, rolled it around so it covered only half of the inside of the ornament... and then added blue glitter so it looks like water for the dangling fish inside. soapy
Lonnie swirled acrylic paint inside glass ball to make teapots (by adding polymer spout, handle, base and lid to the outside of the ball):
...added a ruffled collar around the neck, and molded ring on the bottom so it could stand independently.... then a fat rope for the spout (mostly pressed to the ball) and a handle (make sure that the handle and spout are lined up the same) . . . .then she baked
(she also added an xmas themed rub-on to the center of the outside) (more examples)

Glass balls could be covered or partly covered, then have the glass broken out after baking, as below ....leaving just a hollow clay ball

...The other day I was playing with an idea for a broken out ornament ball.... I hit on the notion that windows could be cut out of the clay. I oriented them 'on point' and put a small hole at the top of each window. This is so something can be hung in each window (after the bulb is broken out).... I have thought of small brass charms...or polybeads that match or contrast with the ball. Diana
...stained glass effects?
....Kim's round Christmas ball ornament with glass ball broken out, leaving only latticed clay

caneguru's many techniques on glass balls (some balls broken out) (website gone)

(for much more on possible looks when doing this, see below in Light Bulbs
... and also see Eggs > Vinegar for blown eggs covered partially with clay, then shells dissolved out after clay added and baked, leaving "hollow" clay egg shapes


Gay's lesson on lighting a covered glass ornament from inside the bulb (to hang on the tree) (see more on lesson in Christmas > Glass Ball Ornaments)
y goal is to have a bowl full of covered glass xmas ornament balls using see-through layered canes. If it seems safe, Id like to put a tiny string of lights inside the balls to make them glow. Kind of an alternative to candles..
...I made two different types using translucent clay which allowed some of the light to show through..
...The second balls were done with a single layer of cane slices that have a lot of translucent in the cane. Slicing the canes very thin make it a lightweight ornament and lets light glow thru the translucent parts. I also took a razor and shaved any thick parts down to make the final sanding easier.
. . . looks really pretty to create a darker base layer first... then cover it with a top layer that's a thin sheet, or cane slices of translucent with small bits of gold clay barely mixed in (silver should work too) so the the metallic bits seem to float over the design.
...(The first try had been an attempt to make several layers; these turned out sort of heavyweight. Using your pasta machine and mud cover a ball neatly and bake (this is a step you can omit but it does make working with the thin glass easier later.) The first layer was applied, it has a lot of transluscent stripes in it so the mud shows thru it a bit. It was baked and then sanded and buffed... .For the second layer, I made a simple cane of translucent slabs and thin white sheets. I cut thin thin sheets of that cane (lengthwise?) to lay on the baked (mud-covered) ball and let it smoosh and wander all over the surface. Smooth and bake again. Sand sand sand and buff buff buff! A coat of Future and its done.) Diana C.
...(see more on translucent canes and see-through effects in Canes-Instr.
> Translucent Canes)
....could cover a ball with clay, then use sharp cutters to cut out multiple shapes ... or cover or partly cover sheets or strips, etc., with the shapes already cut out (then later light from inside) Christmas lights use these, I just pop off the metal top from the ornament .... place one or two bulbs from the string of lights inside... then, very carefully, I replace the metal top, taking special care to not slice into the plastic covering on the wires of the string of lights (in all honesty, it's probably not the safest thing to do_.
.......the metal caps have 6 or 8 individual segments that form themt - I bend them out a bit to give more room for the wires.... I've seen some where the cap is all connected though, so in that case, you'd probably have to snip away part of it to make room. Claire
(website gone)
...Gay's lesson showing how she adds a wire "hanger" around the neck of the bulb which also allows a light to be suspended inside it
..... I begin with about 7" of wire. . . Leaving a short tail, I use the handle of a paint brush to wrap the wire around and then twist it to form one loop, and then make another loop with about an inch between them (the diameter of the glass bulb neck will determine the distance between the two loops since they should be exactly opposite each other on the neck). . . . Leave enough wire tail at both ends to overlap each other a bit. . . .Then I cover the bulb with clay, including the neck and inside the neck a bit, and bake the ornament..
.......To attach the holder, I use just enough superglue to hold the wire in place on the ornie so that I can get a clay covering on it without it moving out of place . . . I put one light bulb into the hole (the electric cord lies between the wire loops). I then thread a ribbon through the wire loops and tie it around a branch on the tree... it is on very secure.. . .I can then add embellishments such as leaves around the neck if I want and rebake.
....... I have never had a problem with there not being enough light in the ornie to make the whole thing glow. The only problem I can see is if there isn't enough translucency to the clay. Gay
..a cute idea for what you want might involve making a little scene on cotton with a truck, or just the truck, etc., and putting it inside a glass ball, then add clay around the top outside area of the ball to hide the light you'd drop into the top??? Diane B.

for larger blank strings of lights which can be completely covered with clay, see party lights in Covering > Glass (could also cover those plastic ropes of lights, just over the light parts?) ...these have mini-xmas lights inside

(see also below in Other Ideas for more lighted interior ideas)


small xmas lightbulbs can also be covered in a similar way
...Lynn K's lesson on covering & decorating a small xmas light bulb for ornament

...Babette's version (click on Santa head)
...Kris Richards' lesson on making a Santa head with a larger xmas lightbulb (could be done with smaller bulb as well)
...a Christmas pin I make is out of the larger Christmas tree light bulb ... they make figures (beautiful angels, etc.) ...the threaded part is the feet, and I use moss for the hair .....the clay will stick right to this type of bulb, and the E6000 will hold a pinback on if you want to make it into a pin
...Terry Lee's covered xmas bulb, with head & ruff added at top (as stopper?) ...and bottom tail curled back to body
(top row)
...Jan’s xmas lightbulb-covered pendant containers (gone?wrote)
...Cheryl's babies in bunting ornaments (small xmas lightbulb)... a molded face-hood is added to the top front area of a clay covered bulb
(can't find at now)

...can also use Balinese Filigree to completely (or partially) cover balls or bulbs (see Clay Guns > Balinese Filigree)
For more on covering Christmas bulbs, see Covering > Glass > Lightbulbs > Small Bulbs
.... also on that page under Light Bulbs
for covering them then breaking out the bulb... including this:
.......using the small Christmas or night light bulbs, you don't have to break the bulb with a hammer. . . just squeeze the metal end with pliers and it breaks right out! I do take a bit more care removing the glass at the opening, though. I found that I got cracks if I didn't use a tool to loosen the fractured glass for about the first quarter to half inch. After that part is gone, I can go back to the squeeze and dump method. Jody (also see Vessels-Rock)
...some of the painted bulbs may bond to the clay...for those remove the paint first


....igloo ... could make a hollow igloo by covering one half of a glass ball or lightbulb with a sheet of white clay, the cutting out a U shaped door hole in one side
......(could impress lines in raw clay for snow "bricks," or cover with pearly or iridescent Pearl Ex, or paint with acrylics after baking --possibly adding a bit of glitter)
......remove clay from ball or bulb after baking cooling... make tunnel "door" with thick strip of clay placed as an upside down U in front of door hole (igloo with penguin family)
...or could use to make Christmas bowls (see Vessels > Bowls)


many wonderful things can be done with blown eggs as ornaments or table top decorations too (see above in "Sculpting" for putting little things in eggs (with windows) or using in other ways... and also in Eggs)

Pat's lesson on covering a round or egg-shaped papier mache ball with slices from canes for an ornament,1789,HGTV_3270_4155708,00.html

ping pong balls covered with decorative clay might make good Christmas ornaments for the tree too, especially with bead dangles (or a tassel) hanging from the bottom (for more on covering ping pong balls, see Covering > Plastics >Other Plastic Items)

glass or acrylic ice cubes can be fun to use with Christmas ornaments (put figures on top of, or use in scenes)... may have flat surfaces or nubbly surfaces... often found in bags of 8 at craft stores, dollar stores, floral or candle supply, etc?... can also glue 2 together to make a "snowman" (acrylic... various)


Actually any of these techniques can also be combined with: paints (Pebeo Porcelaine 150, e.g.... this brand , at least, must be set in the oven at around 300 degrees for 30 minutes, which is probably close enough to our 275 to work fine),1793,HGTV_3436_1372921,00.html
...acrylic paints or clear drying glues like Elmers swirled inside (with glitter or other inclusions)

might also do a web search with the phrase:
"polymer clay" & glass (& ball OR ornament) . . . etc., ...might turn up some other examples or ideas?



Candice's lessons on making moose face cane (using the component method)

Kim K's lesson on making a patchwork angel cane ... (using the component method)..she creates a multi-cane patchwork cane by combining 5-6 square, fabric-looking canes, from which she then cuts a dress cane (using a papertemplate).. she then cuts in from the sides off her multi-pattern cane to create an opening for inserting a sleeve cane and a hand cane.... wing, foot and head canes are added to outside areas.. then background is packed all around to create a round cane (....all of the component canes are wrapped with a contrasting color before being added)

Kim's lessons for 2 snowflake canes
Irene & Rachel lesson at PCH on making a snowflake cane (applicable to other types and color combos)--they use translucent, translucent and blue (light blue), and white
(see more snowflake canes in Canes-Instr. > Kaleidoscope > snowflakes ... including Kerstin's icy snowflake)

the Mitchells' openwork grid of thick slices, strung together with small beads as separators

Candy's lesson on making a Christmas (pine) tree cane (gone)
other suggestions:
...if you want to make it an xmas tree and add decorations:
1. you could add decorations to the surface of each slice with tiny ball ornaments of clay (pre-baked or not), garlands, a star on top etc.; these could be added before baking if the items can be put into a 275 degree oven
2. or you could add ball ornaments into the cane by removing cylinders of clay from the tree by pressing down through it with a drinking straw; then add small logs of clay into the holes created (press logs down until they fill the hole); make your cane wider and flatter in the first place to make this easier
3. add a moon to the sky by substituting dark blue clay for the top half of the background clay (white could stay on the "ground," or be eliminated completely). . . cut out a circle (cylinder) of clay from the cane as in # 2 above, but insert a log of white for a full moon
4. make a falling-snow background by making large and small ropes of blue, then inserting tiny white ropes in among them before pressing them all together; stand them vertically and cut this sky-with-snow background into whatever pieces you need to surround your tree.

Monica's lesson on an outdoor, nighttime Christmas tree cane made by accordion-folding a long Skinner Blend strip (lighter part to the bottom for snow), then shaping into a triangle and adding a trunk/ornaments/snow/background; she cut this cane into three lengths and reduced two of them smaller, then stacked them and added another triangle of background clay to create the cane

Mia's amazing Santa and helper cane, with large background (complex cane)

Janet P's Christmas canes (slices)... Santa face...reindeer...snowman...glove...ornament...lightbulb...package?... for necklace,1789,HGTV_3270_3313697,00.html
*Wanda's Santa face cane (website gone)
Candy's somewhat simple Santa face cane (website gone)
Kathy W's necklaces made from thick Christmas-theme cane slices

Anita's various somewhat more realistic Christmas theme canes (some made from cane components put together after caning)
.. old World Santas, cats in stockings, angel with horn, poinsettia, jointed Nutcracker, pine tree, penguin, etc.

various Christmas and winter complex canes (her Sillie Millies for sale)*r88158&product=Holiday

Tamara's tiny canes (gingerbread house, Santas, snowman, gingerbread person)... these are made without a surrounding background which would make them round, then baked and sliced afterwards with single-edge razor blade, while warm or not... can use as onlays or stand-ups in scenes, etc..... or can slice thickly (3/16") drill a tiny hole through with small bit and use for jewelry ....

my many candies --some are canes (see also Houses-Structures > Candies for some candy lessons)

For my quilt group's annual Christmas block exchange, I once appliqued (or maybe just used adhesive webbing since it was only for the wall?) a large "pine tree" of green-on-green fabric, onto a background (of 3 joined fabrics --white for snow on the ground, and sky-with-stars and planet fabric above)
....I then attached about 20 quilt-theme cane slices to the appliqued tree as "ornaments" ...think I put a short eye pin in the top of each (somewhat thick) slice, or had put a hole in the top front of each; then I sewed each to the fabric so it would dangle a bit ...could have glued them on instead I suppose, especially if I'd used a strong white glue like one for attaching jewels to fabric like Gem Tac, Jewel-It/etc. Diane B.
(see more ways to use clay on pieced items, in Canes-Instruc > Quilt
....I also made quilt-pattern cane slices into ornaments to hang from a small artificial Christmas tree (around wh. I also added a tiny-pearl garland)--see website just above for photo. Diane B.

nora-jean's holly leaves made from canes which are manipulated into holly shapes after slicing (search at
. . . (instead of manipulating each slice as in the photo below, the whole cane could be indented lengthwise with a paintbrush handle between the green veins before cutting the slices --then each slice could be indented on the veins with a toothpick etc., to help it ruffle)

(see many more canes in the 4 main Canes categories here at GlassAttic: general cane-making info... instructions & types... reducing... faces)

Christmas, Santas, & winter figures & backgrounds (appliques, but inspirational for caning) (click on Patterns, etc.)


-- mix glitter or embossing powder into translucent clay before shaping

-- string small items or clay beads onto cording for garlands

--decorate tiny artificial trees or wreaths or garlands with themed or other objects, and just generally have a ball! Diane B.

my computer puns Xmas tree:

make a tabletop themed Christmas tree for any "singles" you know ... as a gift
......e.g, singles who are too tired or stressed to decorate
......or the elderly..... or men living alone who haven't a clue.
..pre-lit ones are best and easy to find ... some of the ones I've done have been:
....all birds (for me) ... (for a military history depictor) sm. souveniers like soldiers, canons, British flag ... all shells ... all mules and donkeys, with brown fun foam and leather-patches cutouts, with bandana ribbons, twine, and photocopied images or xmas card cutouts... for Western theme, tiny glass balls I painted with mountain scenes and some filled with small cutout of objects or cowboys from catalogs, calico shapes with painted riders, cowboy hats, boots, etc..... theLFCMamoAZ ' )>
..we're always at a loss to do something for our elderly homebound patients and this great idea sounds festive (the nurses can bring the trees back to the office or take them home) to store after the holidays because there's little storage in elderly housing. Oct.Moon

snowflake wreath with individual large "snowflakes" which are embellished in all kinds of ways ...2-sided to hang in a window....made for charity by the San Antonio Guild (some have faces in the center, chrysanthemum cane center. . . I can also see a regular green wreath with lots of different snowflakes... maybe with tubes on the backs of the cutouts so they could be wired on?) ...... (foam wreath has snowflake shape cut into center also, using a hot foam cutter)
.... It was suggested that the wreath be auctioned on eBay and that the proceeds be donated to local Battered Women and Children's Shelter. ...the wreath raised $105.00.... the winning bidder is a young bride planning a winter wedding, and she has elected to remove the snowflakes to give to her guests as a remembrance of her wedding.

Eberhard Faber's lesson on making a large flattened snowflake either with ropes of clay
...or by cutting it out as one piece with an Xacto knife (both are over a pattern under a glass sheet)

Rebecca's overlapped cane slices for snowflakes.... many cane slices overlapped and pressed together well, and/or glued, in various snowflake configurations.... ornaments

many large wreaths (not necessarily Christmas)

.... Woodworks' wood crossbar-shape "tree" decorated with themed objects

..... you think dragons are a bit odd (on xmas ornaments --see Ria's glass balls above). My brother has Ozzy Osbourne Christmas ornaments. -NF
..... (see also state ornament(s) below)

Amy's lesson on making large embellishments for a real outdoor snowman
...eyes are white half-egg shapes with blue,then black,then white disks stacked on top... nose is "carrot"... mouth is lumps of "coal" ...cheeks are pink disks ... plus 3 diff. buttons be able to stick them into the snowman, she embeds the head of 2-3" long screw into the back of each raw piece, then adds a donut of clay over the screw end down around the clay back to secure it (before baking)
(see also 3-D facial features for trees in Outdoor > More Outdoor Items > faces on trees)

Every year we gave a special ornament that reflected whatever the kid was into at the time. This has gotten a lot more difficult since the kids are adults now... but when I suggested that we stop doing these traditions when they moved away from home, they were upset that I made the suggestion. (We display every ornament every Christmas). bmd
...I buy or make an ornament that is significant to something that happened during that year. I keep my ears & eyes open all year for an idea for their "special ornaments".
....(for kids) it gets kind of tricky after we've been through the first day of school, the first baseball, basketball games, first dance recital. etc. ....Some of the ornaments are silly, like a pair of children's scissors I decorated with ribbon & greens, to remind DGS #2 of the time he cut not only his hair but also the long blond locks of a visiting friend. DGD got a miniature copy of the red American Girl Doll store shopping bag with a tiny replica of her doll in it for the first time we went to Chicago to the store. Oldest DGS has a little red car, decorated of course, but with a smashed fender. I guess you can figure out what that was for! Lindaa

I like to let anyone who visits my house during the holiday season pick out a hand-made ornament from the tree.
.... it's also a great way to "tip" folks like the exterminator or UPS guy, etc. ( new cutters are getting a workout!) Laurel

winter or Christmas themed switchplates could be made for just one month per year
....Linda W's Christmas switchplate with Santa mold and onlays of holly, snow

Keith B's wondeful bowl created on round form... red & white twisted rope (smoothed), wound around form with another narrower strip (cane, onlay??)... rims added on top... and feet of standing thick spiral slices

more jewelry (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, barrettes and hair accessories, etc) :
....Linda WTX's xmas necklace .....tree ... gifts... pinwheel candies (website gone)
....see above in Canes and Sculpting Objects for using things like cane slices of many kinds, mini xmas bulbs, swirled bicones made with red and white clay for more pinwheel candies, etc.

I also use the memory wire to make Christmas ornaments and hang beads off of it, then at the very end I hook a pretty tear drop type bead, and it coils beautifully on the tree. (I used to be in floral arrangements and I used to use those at Michaels in California for decorating trees) Really pretty and inexpensive to make... just keep on putting beads on it and when you have enough presto you hang on the tip of the tree branch really elegant. Mercedes

sunni's dog "necklace" collar --maybe with a Christmas theme? --be sure the collar is for adornment only & that the recipient pooch isn't one who eats everything! (the cording is that stretchy clear plastic fishing line looking stringing material)

pine cone ideas:
...besides cleaning the pine cones, you would also need to sterilize them in the oven to get rid of any lingering insects. I made a very nice twig frame once, only to discover, a year later, little piles of sawdust on the floor under the frame. At that point I couldn't sterilize it in the oven because of the hot glue involved, so I had to junk it
...I knew I had seen a segment on Martha Stewart about drying pinecones (and getting rid of the sap) and I finally found the info. This advice is from a pinecone retailer in Wisconsin (Rose Hunsbuscher of Winter Woods) who supplies MS with a lot of the pinecones she uses in her segments on the show so it should be very reliable. She says:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or aluminum foil?)
2. Place your pine cones on the baking sheet in one layer.
3. Place the baking sheet in your oven at a very low temperature (less than 200 degrees) for approximately 3 to 4 hours. Be careful!! Pitch ignites at high temperatures, so make sure you use the lowest setting on your oven. The slow heat will dissipate the pitch, leaving a shiny, shellaclike coating.
The smell of the roasting pinecones acts like a natural air freshener too!"
Perhaps with the cones you could have little Santas or elves climbing up the side. They could be carrying, or dropping (I like whimsy) tiny wrapped presents (cane slices would work) here and there. ... Or angels dropping snowflakes. Or halos. :-) These could be either centerpieces or ornaments, depending on the size of the cones. If you were going to bake the decorations *on* the cone, that would take care of sterilization, all in one baking. LynnDel
How about making them into little Christmas trees with polymer decorations? ( you could ) spray paint them green or white first. . . . .Or add a head and arms for little elves or angels? If you've got a lot of them, make a wreath embellished with polymer baubbles. Jody B

Jan S's clam shell for angel skirt & lower body (or caroler, etc.)
Michele's Santa head with real (small, upsidedown) clamshell for a beard (mixing media)
..... (lesson gone? click on Nov. 12, 2002, Seashell Santa)
Nancy's (claydaze) Santa, and also duck in soapy tub, built on jingle bells (website gone)

Josh's dangle snowman lesson

Dana's snowman and pine tree buttons (flat-backed, with 2 holes for sewing on)

see more jewelry in Cane Slices above, or candies jewelry (as in gingerbread houses in Houses > Candies)

many Santas!
(not the real simple type though). . . click on all the kinds
Sculpey's many Christmas projects

I might do a Santa stuck in a chimney made from a film canister...and Santa's legs are sticking out the top -- or maybe just his head is sticking out the top. . Michele (cannister must be covered with clay or will slump ... faux rocks or brick?)

(see many more Santas in Sculpting > Websites)

(...for snowmen or other figures made from, or sitting on., glass "ice cubes" .... see Misc > Marbles > ice cubes)

I've been using liquid clay as glue on the wire loops for ornaments, when inserting them in ornaments and it works great to hold them in!

Last year I made mokume gane christmas ornaments using red & green interference powders and (layered with?) varigated foil and transparent clay and I loved them so much I kept most of them :-)

This works best on a smooth surface like a Christmas ornament or a stick pen. . . Let's say you have covered a glass Christmas ball with pretty cane slices or a nice marblised sheet of clay. Once you have it smoothed as much as possible, pour some ultra fine glitter into the palm of your hand and roll the ball around in you hands to stick a light coating of glitter all over. The idea is to press it into the clay so that the surface is quite smooth. Now bake it , wash off any loose glitter with soap and water and then give it a couple of coats of gloss flecto or future.. looks like iridescent glass. Jody B. (DB: or use Pearl-Ex???)

Jenny D's lesson on covering a CD with cutout paper image(s); she adds glitter, powder or other embellishments around the edges, bakes under a slick tile, and often antiques it for an xmas ornament

My friend paints on rocks to make them look like animals. The lady who wrote the book she got the idea from uses clay to make chimneys, door knobs, etc. on houses made from rocks---

(re the new FimoSoft): If the "sparkly" gold is any indication of how fantastic the other colors will be, there will be a whole new twist on Christmas ornaments, this year... Santa's will sport "Double Flake Candy Apple" instead of velvet. <g>

Well, I used Sculpey III (gold metallic) extruded through the "spaghetti" template of the Kemper tool (clay gun)s, to make little snakes. It flattned a lot in the handling (before baking) though so I would use something stiffer in future. I made some lacey Christmas ornaments this year over glass (breaking the glass after baking) and I used hand rolled snakes (with points at the ends) in scroll shapes made from (Premo) (metallics, assorted colors). This worked well, too, and I think the results are sturdier. (But some strength comes from how densly you apply the "lace" -- I guess if you think of the "engineering" aspects of the design, you can add little decorations (on my ornaments I put little flowers or berries at structural intersections here and there -- the more clay the more strength.)

Michaels has some neat little birdhouses and other papier mache shapes (or wood) that wouldmake very neat little hanging ornaments if covered with canes or tiled roofs, etc. (paint with a white glue or acrylic paint first then let it tack up for best adhesion while positioning clay).

(See Houses-Structures for gingerbread houses and also Christmas candies)
...printable pattern for 5 Christmas Village buildings, which can be colored and folded to make 3-D buildings
. . .could use these as a guide for polymer instead, or drizzle on liquid clay and fill in, etc.

lessons on making small holiday projects with wire at's Jewelrymaking

Using glow-in-the-dark clays and liquid clays for decorations or ornaments can be fun:
....I made some really cool stars (for christmas ornanments) by mixing the Premo metallic silver and gold with the glow-in-the-dark. And people were really surprised by the effect! Kimba
Kimba’s glow-in-the-dark tree using a cookie cutter, with rhinestones (website gone)
.I made the same as Dianne’s dirty snowman (just below) except I made a lace cane out of white and bleached translucent clays, and put the glow in the dark clay base under the lace cane slices…Dawn (could work for angels or wings, etc., too)
...see Translucents&GlowInTheDarks and also Halloween > polymer treats for more ideas and techniques

When making snowmen, you can pre-bake parts to make them easier to insert into a raw-clay body if you want; things like stick arms, carrot noses, coal eyes or buttons, boots, etc. DB
I made snowmen the year before last and I use actual tree branches, tiny ones.
...Dianne C’s "dirty snow man" – make snakes of translucent (Fimo Art 00), white, & glow-in-the-dark clays....bundle the snakes randomly so your bundle has translucent, white,and glow next to each other. Reduce, put the bundles together; reduce, put the bundles together--do this until you can make 3 x 3 inch squared cane….cover snowman with cane slices.
......I made the same as Dianne’s except I made a lace cane out of white and translucent 06 and put the glow in the dark clay base under the lace cane slices…Dawn

glass or acrylic "ice cubes" can be used with clay to create snowmen, other decorations, ornaments, etc. (for those see Misc. > Marbles > Ice Cubes

Bonnie W's lesson on making a snowglobe with a (Christmas) elf and penguin inside

I've made a whole passle (Hey, how do you spell passel?) of elves
. . . they're dressed in green metallic Premo, rolled on 7, ripped into "rags", and draped strategically over their little bodies. I cut just a small piece of wool (from sheepskin scraps I got cheap once from a sheepskin store) to put on their heads, so their hair sticks out in all directions.
....some have on acorn shell caps ... some are holding gifts or candy canes
(.... I even made a little red flyer sled for one of them --painstaking--I don't recommend polyclay as the medium for that project.) author?

any figures or faces can be made by attaching only parts to glass or plastic bottles, or to lightbulbs, glass balls, etc. (e.g....eyes, nose,hands/gloves, feet/shoes, wings, scarves or other accessories... or whole heads etc.) (to make snowmen, animals, elves, etc.) (making a penguin from a soda bottle this way)

I used the angel wings Push Mold and a "dolls" face (mold?) on a glass "ornament" that turned out just cute as can be. The class is clear, flat, hexagon-shaped. With a festive green & gold ribbon they look right in with the holiday spirit, but they aren't necessarily just for the holidays. Cheryl?

A Christmas pin that I make is out of the larger Christmas tree light bulb. They make beautiful angels, etc. The part that screws in is the feet, and I use moss for the hair. The clay will stick right to this type of bulb and the E6000 will hold the pin back on. (see above in Glass Balls and also Covering/bulbs for more & lesson)

for lots of Christmas tags or seasonal card ideas, see Cards
Patti's lesson on making a flat mold from a stamp, which can be run through the pasta machine with clay (she made a holiday gift tag with reversed lettering)

for xmas (ornament or package decoration, etc.), I've long wanted to use a walnut half-shell as a bed/cradle to put a baby or baby animal like a mouse in, covered by a blanket or a *tiny quilt*, maybe with the feet or the tail hanging over the side, or a nightcap perched on the side
....or a border of holly leaves around the edge... a child's name on, etc.. . . or add a handle for a tiny basket (bed, toys)
... boat (put bit of clay in shell half with white glue), stand toothpick with rectangular sail or flag attached in clay with white glue... or make a turtle, spider, bird
...half shells could also be used as round forms/armatures, and wouldn't have the problem of splitting, I think, like the whole shell (which isn't fully dried out?)
...they could be used as Santa or other kinds of faces (convex or concave) ... or maybe several strung together for a snowman .... or used with fancy cane slices... or stamped/powdered (... since the shell is has convolutions similar to a human brain, highlighting with metallic Rub 'N Buff, etc., or "antiquing' the crevices with white or gold acrylic paint, e.g., might be another idea).. Diane B.
....Mary's tiny polymer rabbit on a large polymer leaf which is sort of laid down inside a halved walnut shell... little like a liner
..whole .walnut shell with hinged double doors which open to reveal a tiny-tiny fake xmas tree decorated with many tiny-tiny (probably) polymer candy canes, etc.,1789,HGTV_3270_3313725,00.html

English walnuts are easily avilable and easiest to crack... originated in Persia but came to be known as English because the British merchant fleet carried them around the world in trade...grown mostly in California walnuts are harder to find and hard to crack (...taste wonderful but tree grown mostly for wood... native to the US, mostly in walnuts leave black stains)
.......older (less fresh) walnuts do best...these seem to take on the smell of paint and taste is preferred by some)
.......soaking walnuts in water for 1/2 hour first may help
....... hold 2 in the palm of hand & squeeze against each other ...or use a nutcracker
.......OR cut easily with a band saw or Dremel cutting wheel
......or hold in vise, and cut with small hand saw
.......or squeeze in vise, or in a trigger-type vise
.......several cutting methods, most are complicated? Greatgrandfather had a black walnut tree ...he would put us kids to removing the husks from the black walnuts.... What he did was to give is a board with a hole in it just slightly smaller than the walnuts with the husk on... we were also given a mallet or hammer ...the trick was to put the nut over the hole and hammer it through the hole.... I was amazed the first time I did it. That nasty greenish black husk just came right off..... (but if you leave the nuts lying around, the husk eventually splits and can be peeled off, at least that's what is happening to the nuts out in our parking area). J. Smith

"frame" ornaments... for holding a child's photo, etc. ......(but could also be a freestanding frame)
......lesson on making a frame for a photo with red & white candy stripe pattern + added holly leaves) various frames for photos, etc... over wood drapery rings, and freestanding twisted ropes ones, etc.
(lessons and most others like this are in Frames-Mirrors > "School or other photo frames" and "Twisted frames")

Carol Beebe made some wonderful, tiny gingerbread houses which she lighted from the inside with a string of mini-lights (one under each house). They were displayed across her mantle on angel hair snow. The little 3" houses had tranluscent yellow clay in the windows, so that the light shone through, making them look warm and inviting. She glued together the walls and, then decorated with white (dimensional) fabric paint --scallops on the top and edge of the roof, and windows outlined.

Are you talking about making little truck sculptures into which you would place one mini-light from a strand of lights?. . . 1. You would need to use mini-lights, which don't get hot . . 2. don't use Sculpey brand clay because it's fragility after baking. ..3. For the light to shine through (esp. with mini-lights) use tinted translucent clay, or check each of the regular clays in a dark place with light behind them for their translucence (which is sometimes deceiving) . . .The hardest thing for you may be to make the trucks more or less hollow to put the light in (look in Beads > Hollow Beads ...You could also make the trucks flat and then attach them somehow to the front side of each light...of do transfers of trucks onto sheets of translucent which you could then use in front of the lights. (look at Covering > Glass > Night Lights...Another idea might be to do something on, in, or around glass xmas balls?? . . . a cute idea like that might involve making a little scene on cotton with a truck, or just the truck, etc., and putting it inside a glass ball, then add clay around the top outside area of the ball to hide the light you'd drop into the top? Diane

I like to use real eggs and cover them with a design that includes translucent clay so you can see the real egg inside. obirtasil
.......Oooo, neat. If doing this, you might be able to light them from inside perhaps by inserting a tiny white or colored xmas light ... these could be stabilized somehow with a base, or placed in a bowl or table- or mantle-top nest of raffia, in among a horn of plenty or flowers/veggies, etc., for decoration or centerpiece. . . .. I can see them stamped/carved, covered with translucent canes, stained glass-ed with clays or TLS, decal-ed, etc., etc.! . . . any holiday or special occasion would work too for themes. Diane B.
(see also above in Christmas Ball Ornaments for lighted xmas balls)

create your own, personalized string of lights by dropping a mini-light bulb into a bunch of little bottles or bulbs... and securing each
... or turn the a bottle upside down and set into a base of some kind to stand up (with mini-light inside) might be cool also to put clay over or in front of? the lighted areas of those new "rope lights" (guess you'd have to glue on a flat piece or cane slice or pre-bake tubes that could slide on??). Hmmmmm..
.... or instead maybe putting the whole string of them inside a brandy snifter or small fish bowl, etc., with clay in front . . . or maybe it would be better to do that with a string of mini-lights which would fit into something smaller... even a wine glass. Diane B.

Susan Hyde has a technique for making sleeves for twinkle lightsin my book "Creative Ways With Polymer Clay" (p.79). ...these are little polymer clay sleeves that slip over mini lights and make them glow beautifully. The neat thing is that you can make them in all one color, a rainbow of colors, or in shaded colors. The design is by Susan Hyde...I found them extremely easy to make, fast, and fun. Dotty
.... rectangularsheets of clay (from sheets, or from slices of rectangular canes, which have been created with translucent clay or with tinted translucent patterns)... width of rectangle should be just large enough to wrap around a pencil lengthwise, and overlap at the bottom to join... top clay is flared back a bit so that it resembles an Easter lily..... baked... then stuck over mini light bulbs)... Susan's cane is a pastel translucent version of her "faux fabric" Skinner blend cane

tree toppers could be anything you want to put on top of your tree
... traditional star of some kind (or other shape), a figure or angel, a spire or finial of some kind, etc.
...use any clay pattern or decorative surface... but remember that toppers are usually an item which attracts the eye, and contrasts with the dark green of the tree (so a light color, or something sparkly-shiny, or something outlined with one of those, etc.) giving a visual "stop" to the tree, or it may not show up much... should be bigger or taller than other ornaments used?
...could be opaque or translucent (especially if light underneath)
...could be polymer covering something entirely, or just a shield of some kind
to hold the topper on the tree
.....slipover...anything which will fit snugly over the top branch, and also be long enough to hold your particular size and shape of topper straight up and down
.......could use a permanent armature (bakable or glue on later ) to attach the clay to
..........e.g., a purchased glass ornament topper shaped like a spire, etc,...a length of PVC pipe... cardboard tube from plastic wrap or toilet tissue, etc,
..........or make your own slipover from clay or cardstock, wood or balsawood ...even a tall thin box (open at one short end)
.......wire the topper to the tree... or attach something to the back of the topper which can be used to wire it on
..Laurel's lesson on making a cone-shaped armature base for a (star-shaped) tree topper (2-sided because visible from the street as well) from a manilla folder formed into a cone (small hole at top, if desired, for light/etc.)
.....she covered her base with a clay sheet (thickest on pasta machine), then trimmed excess... created enough decorative clay sheet (in this case, mokume gane) on #3 pasta machine to be able to cut out two same shapes (star, etc.) with a cutter, template, or freehand...laid cone on one shape to attach, then turned cone over and attached second shape.... she then pressed the extending parts together (except at the bottom) ... filled in any blank areas needed with more clay and smoothed.. placed cone on bottle for stability, and did final shaping/smoothing.. let sit overnight for some stiffening.... baked on its side on polyester batting beginning with cool oven, the cooled in oven
......could use translucent clays if lights are underneath.... could cut holes or shapes for lights to protrude or light to shine through, etc. make an angel out of your star topper, you could put a clay-covered glass ball ornament on top of it (as a head), and maybe a big heart-shaped pice of clay on the back (for wings), and voila! A christmas angel tree-topper :) Cathy
...... or a small Christmas lightbulb would also make a good "head" for the angel. start w/ the cone, but drape the clay around the armature to simulate "fabric"... use a heart shaped cutter to make the wings (cut the heart down the middle), add the light bulb as a head...and maybe a wire halo? Laurel
(...see more ideas on objects which could be used for toppers, light covers, or other winter or Xmas themed objects in Covering >Glass >Nightlights..Shields-Screens...Lamps... some let light shine through)

Patricia K's freestanding, hollow ornament (4 sided, orange-peel shaped)... also carved and backfilled?
...Ai Ping Yeh and Jeffrey Dever also make hollow forms which would make good ornaments

For much more info on the various ways to make hollow items --from beads to boxes-containers to odd shapes, see these pages, since the methods could always be generalized to ornament-size:
...Beads > Hollow ...Vessels > mostly Boxes ...Rock Vessels ...Armatures-Temporary ...Armatures-Perm.
(in addition to covering glass ball ornaments, light bulbs, etc.)

Donna Kato's lesson on making a free-standing translucent lantern (like a luminaria) over cardstock or flexible cardboard which is wrapped around a fat candle, or other shape (use colored clays, somewhat translucent or opaque) to create other decorations to block the light or let it through less --the thinner the clay, the more translucent, and some colors are more translucent than others --check them out before using; could use for Santa, holly, or other holiday themed candle holders or luminarias also

sunni's lesson on making a open-box-shape unit (to hold a polymer stained glass image), which allows a set of xmas mini lights to be balled up behind the stained glass .. from the front, the lights show through the stained glass (she set her lights on on twinkling mode)

some brands of ping pong balls (Wilson, at least) can be covered with clay and baked as long as there is a hole for the air inside to escape... Dotty made some with bead tassels on the bottoms which sounded like good xmas ornmanets (see Covering > Plastic > Misc.Plastic for details)

(heavy duty?) aluminum foil can be embossed by drawing into it with a ball-ended tool (embossing tool) to create texture molds. Jody Bishel . . . these tinted Translucent Liquid Sculpey sheets can be removed from the foil?
.......and/or the embossed foil can be brushed with tinted TLS and the topmost area wiped before baking to reveal the aluminum foil highlights (in this case, the TLS is left in place, creating a stained glass effect, with the aluminum foil shining through the lower areas?)

The large candy canes went over so well that some people even asked to purchase them!

I don't know if Michaels would have it at this time of the year, but when you make those christmas villages, they have a product that is sorta like foam that you use for snow, you spray it on, and then it sets, it's matt white and then if you like you can sprinkle the very very fine glitter powder on it for a very subtle effect. Other wise use the Acylic modeling paste, or a product called form-it, a plastic mousse. It's perfect for light weight sculptures and landscapes.
~I once used the white liquid Sculpey--not the translucent for a snow look. It was amazingly real looking. It has been a long time, but I think I let it set out for awhile painted on the item and used some kind of stenciling brush to pounce on it for a snow like pattern. Hope this helps. Jeanne

(also search clip art, seasonal cards, kid's books, etc., for ideas)

some personalized decorations

many of the things above could also be personalized for a particular person, family, or group
--by using names, or themes they relate to, or hobbies or interests they have, etc.
...(e.g., ornaments and other tree trimmings, tabletop decorations, wreaths,
photo transfers, etc.)

some basic ideas:
....use items relevant to the interested or theme but decorate them with Christmas-y colors
....use materials relevant to the interest, etc, but use them make items which look like Christmas things
....use Christmas items to make items associated with the theme

A state ornament (from Huntsville Alabama).... various things/symbols are placed on an Alabama state shape... near the top is a space shuttle and a rocket for Huntsville, in the northwest is a paddle wheeler ....Tom Bigalow waterway... flying eagle for the Wheeler Wildlife Preserve.)

my computer-puns tree

(for some people who are reluctant to have or to "decorate" a tree for themselves) I find out their hobby/hobbies (maybe not their work, so it is more fun) and encourage ornaments that are ONLY themed to that.
...actually the hunt for those ornaments can be half the fun ....for example, one gentleman loves to shop in thrift stores so we went to the thrift stores together and he bought a dilapadated tree had some ball ornaments on it (but those are coming off for possible use later, re-painted to his theme)
......he had previously bought a cookie tin which had also contained blue ornamental balls and glass pinecones ...he loved them and decided on an "all blue ornament" tree.
......he is a painter/wood sculptor/photographer (so we ended up with a double- themed tree)
......the tree-topper will be a small wooden easel, painted irridescent deep-turquoise and topped by a modern-shaped silver star
..... for ornaments, the blue glass ornaments will base-theme the tree
.......other ornaments are two paint brushes I made into seperate ornaments with blue-ribbon hangers .... actual "Blue Ribbon" for awards....a pale blue colored art pencil, hung from a different blue ribbon... an artist eraser [blue ribbon hanger]...a squeezed tube of Ultramarine Blue oil paint [ribbon-hung]... a miniature funfoam camera with blue sequins in place of knobs and lens... a mini-sanding block [ribboned]... I made a mini-chisel with wooden bead handle with his name in blue and a matching mini-gouge... scrolled-copper-bead handled mini-wood carver's knife.... mini- blue T-square..... we are also going to decorate some film canisters in blue, and are looking for the old-fashioned flash bulbs and/or cubes to decorate as well.... he also found a small insta-camera with a blue label.... some mini-picture frames for photographs he took
....He was thrilled with the gifts I have him and the hunt and will have his own personal Christmas tree from now on. I had fun too with the making and the hunt...
....It's a good idea too to save the box the tree came in if you can, and put it away each year fully decorated. LFCMamoAZ

also, in the past I have done other themes for trees
...a re-enactors' tree from St. Augustine Fort.... a scale-modelers train-related tree.... a Mule/donkey/WY tree... my 2 own bird table-top tree. LFCMamoAZ

see more ideas in Gifts in various categories... for example:
....I love the idea of taking something associated with a person (or place or idea) , then customizing it for the holidays (or any occasion)
...or mixing it with any other association (occupation, hobby, personal characteristic, geographical region, house)
...... (e.g., a dentist, railroad enhusiast, New Yorker, or baker ...who likes books, or who vacations in Alaska, or who likes to paint or work on cars ... or combine for a particular holiday or celebration)
... or mixing two interests together (feminism, kids, 50th anniversary or turning-40 or 21, volunteering interests, colors from sports, etc.) Diane

my "Santa Flamingo" ornament was inspired by a neighbor who has a collection of flamingo stuff.... I thought this might be something she didn't already have...I took a basic flamingo, added a Santa hat... added the beard (plus boots and wreath around neck). Laurel

Houses (summary) + more Scenes
(see more on these somewhere on this page)

Carol Beebe made some wonderful, tiny gingerbread houses which she lighted from the inside with a string of mini-lights (one under each house). They were displayed across her mantle on angel hair snow. The little 3" houses had tranluscent yellow clay in the windows, so that the light shone through, making them look warm and inviting. She glued together the walls and, then decorated with white (dimensional) fabric paint --scallops on the top and edge of the roof, and windows outlined.

printable patterns for 5 Christmas Village buildings, which can be colored and folded to make 3-D buildings . . .could use these as a guide for polymer instead, or drizzle on Liquid Sculpey and fill in, etc.

a tiny house ...maybe with the hole as the door, a chimney, window, vent pipe, etc.) would be cute made with a covered glass ball (or an egg vinegar-dissolved or not) . . . fantasy type, even themed as for Christmas, Halloween...(see below for Gay's lesson for lighting larger bulbs)
...Treebelly has many creative ideas for eggs, including egg houses, mosaics, and many more.
(click on each photo for many more photos!)
Tamara's lesson on making a tiny (gingerbread) Christmas house (2-storey) with decorations, plus tree etc, on a base mostly with slices from tiny canes... she cuts two thick slices from house-shaped logs (one smaller and cut thinner than the other) ... lays a sheet of white clay on roof of each ...puts the smaller one on top of the larger one as a 2nd floor ...adds cane slice decorations ...places house on disk of white clay and adds a tree, bushes, etc. in "yard"
NoraJean's tiny gingerbread house plus path and yard-scene on top of Altoid box! (click on Mini-Food at top... then click on Gingerbread-3 on left)
Elizabeth's lesson on making mini-gingerbread house fronts, and many candies (LS and TLS) (be sure and click on Templates, and the last houses photo for a larger version)
Gingerbread House and Christmas Ornaments, by Maureen Carlson

Oscelyn's winter houses (white) decorated like gingergread houses.... often have yards with figures, trees, etc.
...some houses chalet type, some square with pyramidal or cone shaped roofs, some "barn" shape (roof flat-sided dome)

Hanukkah theme house and yard (gone)

(See Houses-Structures for gingerbread houses and also Christmas candies)

(for bas relief houses and scenes, see above in Bas Relief)

WEBSITES & info on Solstice, Hanukkah & Kwanzaa

Winter Solstice swap
Solstice pendants swap
Clay & Glass Soltice Swap
Caryn's xmas and solstice

I need help with appropriate symbolism for the Winter Solstice. Anyone want to give me some guidance?. . . I'm looking for symbols that were not borrowed by Christianity, as were as evergreens (trees, holly, mistletoe), yule logs, etc.
.....On this the longest night of the year, one makes noise, particularly blowing horns and ringing bells and whooping it up---often around a bonfire--so that the sun will know it is welcomed back, and will know how to find the world. . . . Bells are the big symbol as far the historical aspect, also snowflakes and suns. Its about the dividing line between Light and Dark, and the ever turning cycle, while we go on towards the New Day. . . "Ring Solstice Bells" (from Songs from the Woods, Jethro Tull) is a Solstice song. Sarajane
... a little bit after the solstice but part of the celebrations is called Wassailing.... you get a group of people together, and go out and sing to your apple trees. ...the idea is that you make as much noise as possible. You don't always have to sing tunefully or harmoniously, and sometimes people even take out old tin lids and dustbins and bang on them ... very jolly ceremony.... supposed to be driving out any evil spirits that might have been hanging around your trees to make sure that your trees will give plenty of fruit in the coming year. John Matthews
...other Winter Solstice symbols of Pagan origin: the giving of gifts, magical reindeer,

lights, candles (anything representing the light/sunlight that's hoped for)... feasting... celebrating the return of the sun

Winter Solstice Past and Present
Celebrate the Soltice

Solstice (Northern Hemisphere):
In pre-historic times, winter was a very difficult time for people in the northern latitudes. The growing season had ended and they had to live off of stored food and whatever animals they could catch. The people would be very troubled as the life-giving sun sank lower in the sky each noon. They feared that it would eventually disappear and leave them in permanent darkness and extreme cold.
. . . After the winter solstice they would have reason to celebrate, as they saw the sun rising and strengthening once more. Although many months of cold weather remained before spring, they took heart that the return of the warm season was inevitable....the concept of birth and/or of death/rebirth became associated with the winter solstice.... the people had no elaborate instruments to detect the solstice, but they were able to notice a slight elevation of the sun's path within a few days after the solstice ...celebrations were often timed for about the 25th.

(also includes info on many other December celebrations from various religions and locations, ancient and modern)

For Neopagans, the winter solstice is often called Yule. It is a time for introspection, and planning for the future.

For Native Americans: Pueblo rites are built around the sun, the coming new year and the rebirth of vegetation in the spring...& include prayerstick making, retreats, altars, emesis and prayers for increase."

Lanin's lesson on Star of David cane by making 2 sets of 3 cuts, inserting a sheet of clay , then closing

Michelle Ross' lesson on holiday (Hannukah & Xmas) 4” by 5 1/2” postcards with cutter onlays, etc. (instr.for red card not shown)
Michelle's Ross' lesson on making similar Hannukah card on the Carol Duvall show (xmas card not shown),1789,HGTV_3270_2392071,00.html

lessons on making a menorah... eraser dreidel... art dreidel

Eileen's mostly molded, Jewish theme pendants, pins
covered appetizer knife and fork for Hanukkah appetizers, with Jewish theme cane slices onlaid here and there
Hanukkah theme house and yard (gone)
Nora-Jean's Hannukah, Kwanzaa, & Xmas (& dreidel) (website gone... now look at

Family Craft's many Hannukah activities and projects (could use polymer for many)

Nora-Jean's kente cloth (African) instructions (for Kwanzaa) (website gone)

WEBSITES --all winter celebrations

*Sculpey's many many xmas project ...lessons
many xmas project lessons (mostly figures, items) using Makins' air dry clay, but pretty much the same for polymer clay
*Marcy's galleries of Christmas ornaments... Santas, candy cane, gingerbread man, etc. (click on Christmas galleries)
*Christel's xmas pins & magnets (Santas, snowmen & scarf, penguin, gingerbread person)
PCC's variety of Christmas items (bowls, votives, switchplate, ornaments, figures holding long rods with coiled wire at end to hold a photo or memo) and
Polyzine's gallery of various Christmas ornaments, figures, etc . (plus 2nd page)
Kathy W's decorated tree cutout, gingerbread men, Christmas slice necklaces, and 2 candy canes back to back held together with red bow & holly on knot

Jan's many small Christmas themed items for pins,pendants... including gingerbread house& people, snowpeople, mittens, etc.
katbyte's many xmas items (Santa chalkboard, penguins, poinsettia, characters, etc.) (website gone)
*Oscelyn's figures, etc.,
**Cathy's many excellent xmas ornaments & figures (for sale)
Tallulah 's Christmas ornaments swap
Elayne Watrus' Little Street xmas figures, animals, scenes (for sale)...,118
tri-color candy cane
*tiny petal-body fairy, Sue Heaser's instructions
one-piece-body angel with wings
Sarajane’s bear and star cutouts+, other projects
Jean’s cutter shapes colored with fabric markers (website gone)
various Christmas items (PCC challenge Dec 2003)...sculpting, caning, etc.
Icechic’s xmas ornaments
Bunny's Grinch coming out of chimney
keepsake's angel ornaments (flat-backed)
Icechic’s nativity figures
keepsake's simple nativity figures
Oscelyn's owl and penguin (Nativity figures), next to stable

Cathy L's simple figures/clothing & animals in Nativity scene (piggie) (website gone)

Ria’s figures on top of ornaments, presents
pigsnstuff's scenes in ornaments with piggies (nativity, Santa/etc., carolers...)
Renee's Santas, reindeer, snowmen, nativity figures
Oscelyn's snowmen, Santas, accessories, penguins, nativity figures,
Michele's Santa head using upsidedown clamshell for beard
Nf's dressed Santa formed over bottle (sort-of lesson) (website gone)
Ruth's whimsical snowmen
Marcy's cute simple snowmen with earmuffs (over bulbs, or just teardrop clay bases?)
Jack's many Christmas figures (sort-of elfish ones, etc., The Three Wise Guys) & accessories
chellebeadz' simple snowmen and penguins, and other characters, with hats, etc.

Laure's lesson on penguin with hat and scarf, holding sign (3 pages, photo of completed sculpt on page 3)
Bonnie W's lesson on making a Christmas penguin

Kirs R's lesson on making a Santa penguin
penguin with cane sheets & inclusions
penguin in covered Xmas matchbox: (click on "Guest")
Oscelyn's penguins dressed as bride/groom/gridesmaid, nativity, wizard, graduate, etc.
Tracie's santas, penguin, horse, etc (website gone)
*sensewhim's almost flat Santa (website gone)
Helene's mini xmas items & characters
nora-jean's holly leaves from canes (website gone)
Bas relief sculptures of bears, snowmen, gingerbread houses, etc.
...Treebelly has many creative ideas for eggs, including egg houses, mosaics, and many more.
(click on each photo for many more photos!)
Marcy's Old World Santas .... figures with dark red robes, trimmed with checkerboard strips of black and light brown ...and
Kevin Buntin's fully dressed Yule sprites figures ..and Yule Tiders (white-bearded faces with pointed caps)
many xmas ornaments & Nativity stuff for inspiration ...
Jean’s santas (website gone)
*Pat R's "Chunky" Santas (& other Santas) (website gone)
Santa and reindeer from Tiny Swap
*HelenClayArt's xmas animal earrings, Santas, etc.
Jean‘s misc. ornaments (website gone)
Claire's covered ornaments (can be lighted from inside) (website gone)
Dawn's Dolly Dangles (website gone)
*Adorables' xmas theme jewelry (tiny package earrings, MrMrs.Claus faces)
Marty W's snowman relief on matchbox covered pendant (website gone)
Dianne C's snow people

tallmouse's snowman pine cone (could be polymer head and snow on cone) & many other snowmen &
Sally H's angel (and another angel) (website gone)
My twisted-frame & other xmas ornaments
(website gone)
my gingerbread house and candies (see also Houses/Structures)
(website gone)

see also these category pages here at GlassAttic:
for more xmas items & websites
Liquid Clay
for 2 kinds of window decals
for gingerbread house & many candies
(men, teachers, other)

(NOT-NECESSARILY-POLYMER xmas ideas ...but many could be polymer )
Christmas mini's
tallmouse's many Christmas and winter lessons's many seasonal crafts/activities! (click on Seasonal)
(Craft Central Station-xmas)
Amazing Moms' Christmas projects, info about holidays, etc.
Child Fun christmas (lots of adult ideas, support, too)
make window frosting with beer & epsom salts
make your own outside xmas decorations
Carol Duvall -- LARGE ornament for outdoor trees
winter house and large scene (gone)
Caryn's xmas and solstice
Winter Solstice --Past and Present
some ways to celebrate & decorate for Soltice
Hanukkah theme house and yard