Gnome Cups, Plates and Vases
1] To make 4 plates and cups, begin by cutting 8 pieces of polymer clay. (Note: If you are using clay that has the ridges prestamped in them, I cut off 2 strips, then cut each strip into 4 equal pieces. I used one little square of clay for each piece.)
2] To make a plate, work clay until it is malleable. Shape into a flat disc.
3] Find something to use as a "cookie cutter". I used the top of a glue stick which measured 7/8". A bottle cap from soda or shampoo may also work. Think of the size of the table you will be placing them on.
4] Soften the edges slightly, removing any "hang nails". Slightly turn up the edges so the plates will hold food. Set on a cookie sheet so they are not touching other pieces.
5] To make the cups, repeat steps 2 and 3. Using a pen or pencil that has a smooth end, form the circle around the end of the pen. Tap on your work surface to flatten the bottom. Make sure you don't push too hard or overwork the clay or the bottom will become too thin and break.
6] Using a thin blade, determine the desired height of the cup, and cut away the uneven edge.
7] Carefully slip the cup off the end of the pen. Set on a cookie sheet so they are not touching other pieces.
8] To make a vase, I used the remnants from cutting out the other pieces, and molded the clay on the pen end, making it taller than the cups. As for the cups, flatten the bottom, cut the upper edge, and carefully remove. You can leave the rim straight, or you can make a decorative edge by pinching, cutting, curling over, etc. Be creative!
9] Bake according to the directions on your Polymer Clay.
You can create other items like tea pots, platters, etc. Make sure you bake items of similar thicknesses together. Denser items will require more cook time. Now, your gnomes will be able to set their table in style!
WARNING: These are definitely CHOKE HAZARDS and should not be used with small children that still put toys in their mouths.
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