//DIY / Wishbone Ornaments

Hello, all! Christmas is aaaalmost upon us (can you believe it?!) and in honor of that, I'm going to post some holiday-themed whatsits that I've been working one! First up, a wishbone ornament made out of clay.

I saw similar ornaments for sale at Anthropologie and appreciated their handmade look. Which made me think, "Maybe I can make them?" So I decided to give it a shot. The end result, I think, is quite nice and this project is super easy. Make several and bake them all at one time for a tree FULL of wishes! I also think they make sweet "extra gifts" by tying them to a wrapped gift, maybe layered on top of a gift tag.

What you'll need is:
-small block of clay, in whatever color(s) you like
-a skewer (or something to poke a small hole at the top of your ornament)
-a baking sheet
-a spoon
-gold paint or liquid gold leaf

1. Take about 1/4 of your block of clay and roll it out into a snake, approximately 6" long. I did this on a plastic plate because I knew the plate was clean and smooth and also wouldn't get my kitchen counter dirty.

2. Form an upside U with your clay rope. At the top of your U, in the middle of the rope, take your thumb and forefinger and pinch the clay together as shown. Also pinch the bottoms of the U a little to flatten them slightly. If necessary, smooth the clay to cover any seams in the clay. Also buff out--with a finger--the bottoms, where the rounded portion of the rope joins the flatter part. You want it to smoothly transition into the flattened part, if that makes any sense.

3. Take your baking sheet and lay a spoon on it, so the convex portion is facing up. You want to rest the top of your wishbone on the rounded part of the spoon so that when it bakes, you have that delicate rounded shape characteristic of a wishbone. Arrange the "legs" of your wishbone so that they are bowed in a little, and so the flatter portion is turned up a bit. Take your skewer and poke a hole at the top so that you can put some baker twine or ornament hanger through there.

4. Bake according to the directions on the clay package. Every oven bake clay I have seen says to bake at 275 for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness. I baked my wishbones for about 40 minutes each.

5. Let cool before removing it from the baking tray and spoon. Oven bake clay, by its very nature, will not ever be truly hard and will retain a little bit of its "rubbery" quality. But don't be like me and test that by trying to bend something. It will break. And you will be bummed.

6. After it's totally cooled, take your gold paint or liquid gold leaf and paint the bottoms of the U. Let the paint dry and VOILA! You're done!

The whole process (not including baking time or paint drying time) took me about 15 to 20 minutes. Make them in the favorite colors of your loved ones and you can knock out a bunch in one afternoon!

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