Arte Es Vida

Star of David Barrette by arteesvida
December 17, 2006, 8:12 pm
Filed under: Clay Jewelry, Holiday Projects

Star Barrette

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.


Polymer clay in light blue and silver

Barrette backing

Clay dedicated tools (for rolling clay out, cutting, and smoothing)

Clay dedicated oven for baking

Star of David Pattern

Jewelry grade adhevsive (I used E6000)

Non-yellowing acrylic sealer (I used Future Floor Finish)


Condition clay and roll out either with a clay dedicated roller or on your thickest setting on a clay dedicated pasta machine.

Star Of David Pattern

Cut out enough stars to cover your barrette backing (I used three silver stars and two blue ones). You can copy and print the above pattern to use as your template.

Arrange the stars over your barrette backing, and bake them according to clay manufacturer’s directions with the barrette backing still on (so the clay will bake to the shape of the barrette).

After clay is cured and cooled, remove stars, and add a line of glue to the back of them. Reattach to the barrete and let the glue dry completely.

Seal the clay with a non-yellowing acrylic sealant.

Happy Hanukkuah!

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