I decided to get out the polymer clay again (here's what I did with it the first time) and do a little project for Fall. I actually started two projects at the same time, so here's the first one: Fall Leaf Ornaments.
I decided to use these as ornaments for my Thanksgiving tree, but these could just as easily become necklaces, gift tags or (if you leave off the hole for stringing) brooches.
I pulled out my new leaf shaped cookie cutters (mini and regular sized). I wish I had checked to make sure that all of the clay was good. The burgundy clay I'm working above was terribly dry. It really gave my fingers a workout. None of the other packages were as stiff, thank goodness. It still worked though. I used 4 tongue depressors to control the thickness of the clay while I rolled. Then I used a toothpick to draw in the design and put in the hole for stringing.
I also have some small letter stamps that I put to use.
Once the clay was all cut out and ready, I put them in the oven (per package directions) to harden.
After the leaves cooled, I pulled out some acrylic paint and a paint brush. I painted each shape, allowed it to mostly dry and then took a damp cloth and rubbed off the excess paint from the surface. Then I strung each leaf with some yarn.
I probably will need to make a few more leaves to fill out the tree, but these four definitely add some personality to the branches. Next week I'll show you what I was doing with the larger leaves.