On Tuesday, Art Bead Scene, hosted their 3rd Holiday Ornament Blog Hop and I had so much fun hopping around to see the wonderful pieces that everyone created for this special challenge. I was particularly taken with the ones made by Heather Powers of Humblebeads. And, oh joy! She kindly include the directions for making them.
So yesterday, I was at Michaels, bright and early, armed with my 40 percent off coupon, of course, to purchase the needed materials. What a fun afternoon I had making these elegant and wintry ornaments with very simple materials. White polymer clay,cookie cutters, stamps, StazOn ink, some sparkly fine glitter, and a few ‘jewels’. I did make more elaborate ornament hangers with annealed steel wire and crystals for these, but simple ribbon is just lovely, too. Do check out Heather’s blog post for more complete directions and see her gorgeous ornaments. If you’re not familiar with her polymer clay bead work, then why not spend some time at her blog and admire her artistry.
One last note, make all the ornaments first, then stamp them. Impatient me wanted to see what the inked design looked like on the first one and I ended up getting ink on my fingers that smudged onto the next piece of clay. Trash can.
I love having some handmade ornaments ready to gift family and friends at Christmas!
Do you have any special little something that you like to give to spread some holiday cheer this year?