Arte Es Vida


Festival Of Lights Envelope Pin by arteesvida
December 12, 2006, 12:52 pm
Filed under: Clay Jewelry, Holiday Projects

Hanukkah is the Hebraic word for “dedication”…the root of which is “education”…Hanukkah is a festival that teachers festival that educates or teaches about dedicating your “temple” or “life” to God. When the Maccabees liberated Jerusalem, they cleared their temple of the false idols left there by the Syrians. Yehuda built a new temple and dedicated it on the 25th of the month of Kislev in the year 3622. Because the temple’s gold Menorah had been stolen by the Syrians, the Maccabees fashioned a new one out of cheap metal. They found a small vial of pure olive oil, just enough to last for one day. But by a miracle, the oil continued to burn for eight days, until more oil was available for the temple. This is why Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days, ans is often referred to as “The Festival of Lights”. To read the complete story of Hanukkah, click here.

I decided to turn the idea of sending a holiday card on its head with this project. Besides being an adorable project for Hanukkah, you can use this project in a whole host of other ways…for holidays, birthdays, or any other celebrations you can think of!

Supplies:

Blue polymer clay (about 1 oz. worth)

Small amount of silver polymer clay

Translucent liquid polymer clay

Hanukkah stamp or other Hanukkah ephemera (you can make you own by printing something on paper or cardstock

Bit of scrap paper same size as your ephemera

Clay dedicated roller and cutting tools

Oven, preferably clay dedicated

Small art brush for applying the liquid polymer clay

Acrylic sealer (I used Future Floor Finish)

Pin back

Jewelry adhesive such as Jewel Glue or E6000

Condition and roll out your blue clay to about 1/10th of an inch thick. Trim it to a square shape, no more than 2 1/4 inches on each side (the pin pictured was trimmed to 1 1/2 inches). Turn the dough so one side of the square is facing up, and the square looks like a diamond. Place your piece of scrap paper in the middle, and then fold the bottom part of the diamond up, and the left and right sides of the diamond inward creating a mini-envelope. Smooth any awkward or rough edges.

Paint the back of your stamp with a thin coat of the translucent LPC. Take out the scrap paper and place the stamp in its place, letting it pop out of the envelope at a bit of an angle. Smooth it down carefully so no air bubbles are created during baking. Once the stamp is in place, paint the front of it with the LPC as well, taking care to make a smooth, even coating with no air bubbles.

Condition and roll out the silver clay. You can cut out shapes freehand or use mini cutters to create envelope embellishments. I cut out little silver circles using a clay-dedicated apple corer.

Add a dab of LPC to the back of your silver clay embellishments before placing them on the envelope.

Bake the clay according to manufacturer’s directions.

When the clay is baked and cooled, seal with a non-yellowing acrylic sealer. If you use Future, you can heat set the sealer, which makes it more durable, but also significantly more shiny than if you let it air dry.

Attach pin backing with jewelry adhesive and let dry according to manufacture’s directions.

Happy Hanukkah!


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