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Hi, I'm Ilysa Bierer, welcome to Polymer Clay TV. Today, we’re going to show you some of the different ornaments that we’ve made over the years, and show you how to get started on creating your own ornaments. So let’s get started.
I want to start by showing you some of the different ornaments that I’ve made over the years. This is one of my ornaments and what I did was I combined a bunch of different designs that I've created all in onto this one ornament as you can see. And I did that by piecing them around just a clear glass ornament that you can get at any of your local crafts stores and I’ll show you how to do that in a minute how to just start piecing that on. But I wanted to share with you some of the other ornaments I've made. I've also made dreydel ornaments as you can see this are little dreydels and with a little design on the front. I've used the texture plate to do that. And this is another different design that I've made, which is a heart shape and I've gotten a butterfly to the front, and that was done with a stamp and on the back it has my designs.
This is actually one that was sent to me in a swap that I did with the Polymer Clay artist Gayle Davichi. And this was made by Peggars, and up on the link on the website, you can see the rest of our work which is really nice. And this is another one that I received in my swap and this was by Linda, and I've also put or include a link to her shop as well. So I did receive a few, which was really nice and here’s another one that I made, and this is a little dove, and I've used gold leaf and silver leaf, and I've also used some Swarovski Crystals too. And I've made all kinds of shapes including stars, I've made little holiday trees, and I've added the crystals in there.
But to get started, I want to start with just a plain glass ball and like I said, you can find them in your local stores, and I want to show you just how you can get started by adding a cane onto it. And this is one of my canes that I've created a while ago. And all I do is start by taking a slice and I used both hands to create my slice, and I pushed down and them I'm going to slice.
But this slice is a little thicker than I want, so I’m going to start again and I'm just going to push straight down. So once I have my slice and here’s a slice, I can stretch it, I can roll it out with my rod to move it around as well if I wanted to start and shape. I’ll just roll my rod across it and shape it.
So then, what I do is I like to start at the top. And I’ll start by piecing the slice of my cane just right onto the glass like so. And then, I mean, it’s really easy to do and you can create really nice ornament in a very short time, so I realized there’s not that much time left before you might have to create some ornaments, so these are fast ones that you can work on nine after work or whatever.
So this is another slice that I've created and then I'm just going to back that one up right next to it. And then, I like to push—now, this is another thing, these glass balls are not very sturdy. It’s not a thick piece. It’s thin because you don’t want to have too much weight to your ornaments, so you have to be careful when you push your clay on there. So be gentle when you do this and you just piece it around.
Now, you might have a little gap there and you can use your rod to help eliminate that gap. Just roll your rod over that and then you will continue to piece it all way around and then you’d have a really cool ornament.
So, I would suggest playing around with it and adding crystals to your work. That’s an effective look in it, and it will just shimmer in and people will really appreciate it.
Here’s another star I made. And this one I used some cutters and cut it out and added some Swarovski Crystals to it. And, my last but not least is a moon where I've added some crystals as well. And you can add glitter, you can add inclusion, you can do whatever you want, just have fun with it.