Clay Casting Projects - Party Favors & Decorations
Party Favor & Candle Decorations
Clay Casting Projects

Plan a Very Special Party!
 
Just change the color scheme to suite the occasion:
An engagement party or bridal shower, a special anniversary or even a wedding!

                                         
I.  Party Favors

Serve cookies that match your party favors and table decorations.

Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp each:
#299 - Floral Duo Left   (or #300 – Floral Duo Right),
          and   #297 - Tulip Duo Left
  (or #298 – Tulip Duo Right).
Clay - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white
1 clay casting* each (or more): #300 - Floral Duo Right, and #298 - Tulip Duo Right (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
Crimper cookie cutter
Sandpaper or emery board
Acrylic paints: pearl white, pink, green, purple
Soft cloth (optional)
Tulle cut in 6" diameter circle
Candy
1/8" or 1/4" white satin ribbon 6" long
Low-temp hot glue

*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours.

Instructions:

1. While the clay is still wet, cut castings out using crimper cookie cutter. Let dry.
2.  Sand any rough edges smooth.
3.  Apply a coat of pearl white acrylic paint as a primer.
4.  Mix pearl white paint with other colors, and paint details of the design as shown. Optional: If you have a large quantity to create, you may want to use the dry brush method or use Rub 'n Buff® to finish the decorations (see instructions in Techniques for Special Effects).
5.  Cut circular pieces of tulle or purchase them pre-cut. Place candies in the middle of the tulle circle, and gather the tulle in your fingers at the top of the candies. Then tie it up with the satin ribbon using a simple knot, then if  ribbon is longer, you may tie a tiny bow.6.  Holding the ribbon to the side and out of the way, use hot glue to attach the casting to the knot. It does not take much glue to affix the clay castings because they are so lightweight. Caution: Use low-temp glue since hot glue may melt the tulle.


II.  Candle Decoration


Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp each:
#300 – Floral Duo Right
Clay - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white
1 clay casting* #299 Floral Duo Left (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
Crimper cookie cutter
Sandpaper or emery board
Acrylic primer
Acrylic paint: purple, green, light orange
Pearlcote™ pearl glaze by PLAID® (spray can)
1 piece of white wedding tulle (approx. 5" x 12")
Needle and thread or floral wire
Low-temp hot glue
1/8" white satin ribbon
Sprays of pearls and beads (optional)
Satin mini-bow (optional

*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours.

Instructions:

1.  While clay is still wet, cut out casting with cookie cutter. Let dry.
2.  Sand any rough edges smooth.
3.  Apply a coat of primer and let dry.
4.  Paint the flower petals purple and light orange. Paint the stems green. Let dry.
5.  Spray casting with a coat of Pearlcote™ pearl glaze which will tone down and mute the painted colors. Let dry.
6.  Use a needle and thread to stitch loosely down the length of the tulle and gather. Or gather it in your hands, and use a small piece of floral wire to tie it together. Trim the thread or wire.
7.  Optional: Hot glue pearl and bead floral sprays to the tulle. Caution: Use low-temp glue since hot glue may melt the tulle.
8.  Tie the 1/8" satin ribbon around the center of the tulle (you will use the ribbon to tie the decoration to the candle holder).
9.  Glue the casting to the cnter of the tulle.
10.  Optional: Hot glue a satin mini-bow to the back where the knot in the ribbon shows.



This clay casting project is featured along with dozens of others
in our book The Art of Clay Casting, which includes basic paper casting
instructions, techniques for special effects, and a glossary of terms.


Project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR