I’ve been messing around a lot with the oven-bake craft clay I used for the woodland animal pin’s from the Camp Baby Shower. It may be my new fav craft supply. I love how quick it takes to bake and how easy it is to manipulate into any shape. The baked clay looks so similar to ceramic, which is another new fav obsession of mine.
For this little candle wrap project, I rolled out the clay as thin as could be and placed it around a glass cylinder to bake. You could smooth a bottom section onto this project, but I left mine as a wrap sleeve. The candle light looks so pretty shining through the super thin clay. Just as if it were real ceramic. Love.
bake (or air dry) modeling clay in white
embroidery floss + needle + scissors
glass cylinder (needs to be okay to bake in the oven)
roller (I used a really large gage knitting needle)
hole poker (I used a large yarn needle but toothpick or a skewer would work well)
wax paper or other grease proof paper + cutting mat
Pre heat your oven following the directions on the clay.
Prep your cutting mat by taping it off with the wax paper so you don’t have bits of clay forever on your work surface.
Roll your clay into a ribbon long enough to surround the glass cylinder + 2 cm / 1”. You want the clay as thin as it can be but you should still be able to pick it up without it tearing. Remove any air bubbles by slitting the clay and smoothing with a tiny bit of water and your fingers or roller.
Cut the ribbon straight with the xacto + straight edge. I made my wrap about 7 cm / 2 3/4” tall. Fold back clay 1 cm / 1/2” on each end. Poke the folded edges with an even number of holes spaced to align and 0.5 cm / 1/4” apart.
Wrap the ribbon (fold side in) around the cylinder and bake following the directions on the clay. Carefully remove the clay from the cylinder just after they come out of the oven when the clay is still somewhat pliable. Let harden.
Sew up the candle wrap with embroidery thread and cut the knotted ends close to the inside. Pop your little creation over a lit tea light.