Oven bake clay is a great alternative if you want to play around with clay projects! One of my favorite things to make during the holidays is present toppers that can double as little ornaments.
I started with a few different colors of Sculpey oven bake clay - red, black and off-white. I grabbed a few of my favorite flower stamps from my collection. Anything that makes an impression can be used to make an impression or stamp into clay-stamps, leaved, flowers, decorative buttons, decorative jewelry are all things that can be pressed into clay!
I rolled my clay into little free form disks and then pressed my stamp into the surface and carefully pulled it away.
I poked a hole in each of my clay disks.
Next I baked the clay in the oven according to the directions on the packaging (275 degrees for about 15 minutes)
Once the clay cooled I painted the surface. I completely covered the entire surface with black acrylic paint.
While the paint was still wet, I wiped it from the surface with a damp cloth. The paint settles into the nooks and crannies of the designs!
The end result are rustic looking little present toppers that can also be hung on the tree!