It's humbling to accept when change is out of our control. Autumn is always a gentle reminder to me that I must embrace change and let go. I can fight change or I can enjoying the beauty surrounding me and surrender, knowing that change brings new joys and undiscovered adventures.
These ornaments are super easy to make. You can give them as hostess gifts or hang a few around the house. Get creative with the text - add a favorite quote or "Welcome Fall". I like how they look tied around a simple candle holder.
White polymer clay
Leaf and alphabet rubber stamps
2" cookie cutter or round metal tin
Acrylic rod or smooth glass cup
Acrylic paint - 2 autumn colors + raw umber
1. Roll clay out to an even 1/4" thick.
2. Stamp leaf and letters into the clay.
3. Use the cookie cutter or tin to cut the clay out. I wanted an organic shape and cut the clay several times using the edges of the tin.
4. Poke a hole with the tooth pick, make sure it goes all the way through the clay.
5. Bake clay according the directions on the package. Put paper down on your baking sheet before you bake it. Let cool completely.
6. Paint washes of paint to achieve a layered look with the colors, diluting the paint with a little bit of water on the brush. After the paint dries, antique with a raw umber paint, rubbing the paint in the impressions and wiping it off with a paper towel. If you want brighter colors go back in with another light wash in a few select areas.
7. Add the 8" linen string using a Lark Heads Knot. String on the wooden bead and tie a knot.
This project is part of the Friday Fair Link Party at Whipperberry.