Monday, December 9, 2013 10:23 AM EDT
I’m a bit obsessed with anything dipped in gold so when I came across this gold leaf paint, I couldn’t wait to get started on a project with it. These clay ornaments are the perfect addition to any tree and they look even better with a little touch of gold!
Smooth surface (ceramic tile, stone countertop etc)
Gold leaf paint
Disposable mini containers (pill jar, plastic shot glass etc)
Mini picture hanging screws
STEP 1: First you need to condition the clay. You do this by rolling it out very thinly on a smooth surface. Fold in half, then again and then again. Roll out and keep repeating this until the clay is very pliable. It should take at least ten times.
STEP 2: Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper and preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
STEP 3: For the round ornaments take 1/6th of the clay from the package and roll it between your palms. Continue to roll it until you get a nice round and smooth shape. Take the mini hanging screw and twist it into the circle shape. Place it on a baking sheet.
STEP 4: For the triangles, roll the clay to about 1/8th of an inch thick. Take the utility knife and slice out triangle shapes. Use the toothpick to create a little hole near one of the triangle’s points. Place on a baking sheet.
STEP 5: Bake the clay for 15 minutes and allow to cool completely.
STEP 6: Shake the gold paint to mix it well. Fill a small jar with the paint and working with one clay piece at a time, dip a portion of the ornament in the paint. Slide a toothpick through the hole or hook and place over a mini container. Allow to dry overnight.
STEP 7: Loop a piece of the gold thread though the hook or hole and knot the thread. Your ornament is ready to hang on the tree!