Spooky Sparkly Door Charm
Welcome guests in style with this
glitzy door decoration.
What You'll Need
- 66 inches lightweight armature or garden wire
- Tape measure
- Heavy-duty wire clippers
- Polymer clay:1 ultralight, 2 black, 2 Granny Smith, 2 glow-in-the-dark
- Flat baking tray
- Large capacity toaster or convection oven
- Oven thermometer
- Black acrylic paint
- 1/2-inch flat paintbrush
- Pasta machine
- Waxed paper
- Translucent liquid clay
- Glitter: black ice, orange surprise, sparkling snow, majestic purple
- Clay blade
- 7/8-inch leaf shape cutter
- Inks: tangerine, Santa Fe red, passion purple
- Needle tool (or toothpick)
- Paper towels
Note: An acrylic roller may be used instead of a pasta machine. The higher the number mentioned, the thinner you should make the sheet when rolling clay out.
- With pliers, bend a 1-inch loop about 4 inches from an end of armature wire.
Twist end of wire below loop for about 11/2 inches.
With long end of wire, make a bend about 8 inches down and double wire back to
top. At wire fold, form a 3/4-inch loop, and twist 2 wires together above loop
for side branch. To form center branch, make a bend about 12 inches down from
top and double wire back to top. Form a 1-inch loop at fold, and twist 2 wires
together. Form third branch as you did first. Twist end of wire around center
branch, and trim excess wire. Form loops at bottom of each branch into
diamonds, and curve each branch.
Form and twist the wire branches as shown.
- Using ultralight clay, pinch off small pieces and cover armature. Bake 20
minutes at 275 degrees F. Let cool, then paint top side of clay black. Let dry.
Turn piece over, and paint back black. Let dry.
- Pull off a pinch of black clay,
and set it aside for ghost eyes. Mix remaining black clay with an equal amount
of ultralight clay. Roll into several 4 x 6-inch sheets on #2 setting of pasta
machine. Lay a sheet of clay on waxed paper. Spread a thin, even layer of
liquid clay over surface. Sprinkle with black ice glitter. Use a swirling
motion with fingertip to spread glitter over surface. Add more glitter if
necessary. Shake off excess glitter. Repeat for remaining clay sheets. Use leaf
cutter to cut shapes from clay sheets; make about 70 leaves.
Sprinkle the black ice glitter over the liquid clay surface.
- Place waxed paper on baking tray; lay armature on top. Spread a thin, even coat
of liquid clay over branches. Starting at bottom of each branch, attach black
leaves in layers until all branches are covered. Add extra liquid clay to
attach top layers. Save 8 to 10 leaves for next step. When done placing leaves,
bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 275 degrees F. Let cool completely.
- With Granny Smith clay, roll four 8 x 1/4-inch-thick snakes and two
12 x 1/4-inch-thick snakes. Twist two 8-inch snakes together, and taper an end to
a point. Squeeze a line of liquid clay down center of a shorter branch, and
press twisted green stem in place, trimming excess clay at top. Repeat for
other branches (12-inch snakes are for center branch). Add remaining leaves
over top of stems with liquid clay.
Make the twisted stems with the Granny Smith clay.
- Roll a sheet of ultralight clay on #1 setting. Place sheet on waxed paper, and
squeeze tangerine and Santa Fe red inks over surface of sheet. Let ink dry, then knead color into clay. Roll
four 1-inch balls. Squeeze a small amount of liquid clay onto a ball. Dip ball
into orange surprise glitter. Roll ball between palms to coat it evenly with
glitter. Add more liquid clay and glitter if necessary. Tap off excess glitter.
Repeat for remaining 3 balls. Gently flatten each ball into an oval, and cut
ovals in half for pumpkins. Make lines with needle tool. Roll a 1/4-inch-wide
snake of Granny Smith clay, and cut eight 1/4-inch pieces. Add stem texture
with needle tool, and attach stems to pumpkins with liquid clay. Roll a long
1/16-inch-thick snake, and cut it into 2-inch lengths. Attach 1 to each pumpkin
with liquid clay, making a swirl at end. Attach 7 pumpkins to base with liquid
- Mix glow-in-the-dark clay with an equal amount of ultralight clay. Roll five
1-inch balls from mixed clay. Flatten a ball into a disk, and roll disk through
pasta machine on #1 setting and then #2 setting. Turn clay sheet 1/4 turn, and
roll through again on #3 and then #4 setting to make a thin, flat oval of clay.
Place sheet on waxed paper, and spread a thin, even coat of liquid clay over
surface. Sprinkle sparkling snow glitter over surface, and swirl with finger
for complete coverage. Repeat for other 4 ovals. Roll five 5/8-inch balls of
mixed clay. Make a ball into a slightly flattened oval. Drape a glittered clay
sheet over flattened oval to create ghost. Repeat for other 4 ghosts. Make ten
1/16-inch balls of black clay. Roll balls into ovals and flatten. Attach 2
ovals to each ghost for eyes. Add liquid clay to back side of each ghost, and
attach them to base.
Roll the clay through the pasta machine to make a thin, flat oval.
- Roll out a sheet of ultralight clay on #1 setting so piece is about 5 x 6 inches.
Lay clay sheet on waxed paper, and cover surface with passion purple ink. Let
ink dry completely. Turn sheet over, and ink other side. Let dry, then mix
color in clay. Roll clay into 6-inch-long sheet on #1 setting. Spread thin coat
of liquid clay over surface of sheet. Sprinkle purple glitter over surface, and
rub it onto sheet using a circular motion. Tap off excess glitter. Flip sheet
over, and glitter other side. Cut a 5/8-inch-wide strip of clay, and cut ends
on diagonal. Fold strip into a V for ribbon tails. Put a dot of liquid clay at
top of door charm below hanging loop, and attach V. Arrange ribbon ends so they
"flow." Cut 4 strips 6 x 5/8 inches each. Fold each strip in half, gluing
ends together with liquid clay. Attach loops on top of V with liquid clay.
Shape bow so it "flows." Attach last pumpkin to center of bow with
Use liquid clay to attach the last pumpkin to the middle of the bow.
- Bake door charm 30 minutes at 275 degrees Fahrenheit; let cool. Your door charm is ready to hang and greet your guests!
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