Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Christmas in August- Dala Polymer Ornament.



Yes Christmas in July has spilled over into August this year. Remember that Dala craftalong I made a quilled card for a few weeks back? Well here's another dala project I just finished.


Pam, from Gingerbread Snowflakes (and a co-host of the dala craftalong) was sweet enough to send me a giant dala cookie cutter AND give me free rein on what to do with it!


I love to make ornaments using cookies cutters and polymer clay. I think Christmas cookie style ornaments look adorable hanging from a tree. And once I saw pictures of real dala horses I thought polymer clay would be another great medium to showcase all that intricate detail.

For this horse I used a gingerbread colored base and added some snowflakes in honor of Pam's blog (coincidentally gingerbread and snowflakes are two of my favorite things, if I could pick any blog name to have instead of my own it would be Pam's). I kept the finish rustic (not worrying about the edges or the surface being too smooth). I felt it was keeping with both the carved wood on a real dala as well as the "cookie look" I was going for.


A note on safety: If you are going to use a cookie cutter with polymer clay do not use it for food again. I have cutters I use only for food and a set that I use only for crafting.


Occasionally I get a cutter that's special and/or a hard to find shape (like this one) so if I want to use it for crafting but keep the possibility open that I could use it for food I trace the shape out onto card stock...


and use that template to cutout my clay form using a craft knife.


Happy Christmas in July... well really August, and THANK YOU Pam for such a wonderful gift!

5 comments:

  1. I love, love, love yout polymer Dala! You are sor right! The clay is a perfect medium for Dala ornament making! And look at YOU! Gingerbread and Snowflakes! Perfect!

    Both are my favorites at Christmas too and that is exactly how I came up with the name for the blog - it was, after all in the beginning, supposed to only be about Christmas.

    Thank you so much for making and sharing this most awesome Dala Horse!

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  2. Aww thanks Pam! I'm so happy you like the result.

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  3. Free rein. hahaha You are so cute. :)
    Love the ornament!

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  4. This is wonderful! I love the ornament idea, I really need to make one!

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