Leaf-Embellished Wine Glass
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Wine glass
- Fimo 2-oz polymer clay blocks:
leaf green (classic #57), sahara (soft #70)
- Utility knife or sharp knife
- Work surface: acrylic, glass, ceramic or granite
- Acrylic rolling rod, brayer, or cylindrical drinking glass
- Wax paper
- Oven thermometer
- Oven mitts
- Baking tray
- Prepare and condition each color of clay. Mix to create one block each of dark, medium and light green. Refer to photos A, B & C. Cut 1/3 of each color and set aside for stems & swirls. Roll the remaining pieces into 10" rods. Taper each rod to 1/4" on one end, 1/2" on the other. Cut these into five 2" sections and pinch the length of each section lightly to form a diamond shape; from this you will create the leaves.
- Cut a total of 13 individual diamonds (leaves), tapering from the thinnest to the thickest part of each 2" rod. Have a piece of waxed paper ready on which to place the leaves. Create a fern frond as you go, placing the smallest leaves at the tip and the largest at the base. You should end up with 3 light green fronds, 2 medium green fronds, and 3 dark green fronds. Refer to photos D & E.
- To create the stems & swirls, use the clay set aside earlier. Roll each into a thin rod (approx 3/32"); taper one end. With tapered end at top of frond, create a vein and stem for each frond; trim to 1" beyond frond. On dark green frond, use medium green stem. Use dark green vein on medium green leaves. On light green leaves, use medium green stem. Refer to photo F.
- Using photos G, H & I as reference, place leaves on the washed and dried wine glass as desired, starting at the base. Fill in with scrolls as desired. When design is achieved, complete by gently pressing leaves, scrolls and stems onto the glass.
- Preheat oven to 230°F. Place wine glass upside down on baking tray; bake for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely. Remove excess clay by wiping or gently scraping with utility knife. Handle gently and wash with care.