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Roses for both houses:
For the angel house you will need 14 flowers and the bakery you will need three. Mix 1/8” of QW and let sit for 5 minutes. Pull off small balls of clay that are about ¼” or a little less. Roll each ball into a coil that is about ¾” – 1” long. Lay on parchment paper and flatten. You will want to make the roses for the bakery a little smaller since they go on the top of the cakes and on the gingerbread.
The stiffer the clay the easier these are to make so depending on how much time has lapsed you can let them sit 5 more minutes. To make the rose pick the clay up off the paper and lay on finger. Fold end in on an angle and then begin to roll on an angle. If you are not happy with them you can reroll, flatten and try again. Allow to cure.
Stars for both Houses:
For the bakery you will need one large star for the top of the tree. For the angel house you will need 10 smaller stars for your trees.
Mix 1/8” of QW and let sit 5 minutes. Pinch clay flat and using largest Kemper star cutter, cut one star. Reroll clay and flatten and cut 10 smaller stars using the next to smallest Kemper star cutter. Allow to cure.
For star that goes on top of tree, cut a 2” piece of wire. Mix sliver of QW and pull of a ball a little smaller than a ¼”. Lay on top of wire on back of star. Using extender, blend clay to edges of front star. Make sure wire is straight. Allow to cure.
To make faces mix 1/4” of QW and divide into two. Place a piece of parchment paper over the pattern. Roll clay into a ball and lay over face. Begin pressing and patting to fill in shape creating a dome shape by applying more pressure on outside edges. Repeat for second face. Allow to cure.
To make wings mix 3/8” of QW and divide in two. Place a piece of parchment paper over the pattern. Roll the first piece into a coil that is about 1 ¾”. Lay on first wing pattern and gently flatten, press and fill in wing space. The end of the wing should go up into face area. Bend top of wing so that it is only in half of the face area. Repeat for the second side. Lay dome for face on top of wings. Repeat for second angel.
For the feathers on the wings mix 1/8” of QW and divide in two, then divide each of those pieces into five. The balls should be about the same size with the first one being just a little bigger and each of the other balls could go down just a hair in size. Starting with the first one (the biggest) roll the ball into a cone that is about ½” long. Lay at the tip of the wing and gently pat in place. Continue making cones and add to the side of the wing. Continue adding the feathers following the pattern. Each feather should be a little smaller as it goes up the wing. Repeat for other side. Repeat for second angel. Allow to cure.
To put the finishing touches (nose, Hair, and flower) on the angel mix 1/8” of QW and pull off a 1/8” ball for the nose. Roll into a small cone and lay in the center of the face covering about 2/3 of the face. To flatten the end of the nose using blade, either push up of the tip of the nose or if the nose is too long cut off the end of it. To make the hair pull off a ball of clay that is about ¼” and roll into a 1 1/2” coil. Start on one side of the face and bring across top of face with the hair ending in a little curl at the outside edge. For the bun pull off a ¼” ball and roll and lay on top center of head. To attach the flower under the chin pull off two 1/8” balls for the leaves and roll into a small cone and flatten. Attach under the chin going to the right and left and place rose in center. If the rose doesn’t stay roll a small ball of clay and put between leaves and then attach flower. Repeat for the second angel having the curl in the hair going in the opposite direction. Allow to cure.
Angel House Wreaths:
For the wreaths mix ½” of QW and divide into 4 equal parts. Roll each into a 3 ½” coil. Lay parchment paper over pattern and wrap coil around outside edge of pattern and connect at top. Shape wreath and then give a gentle pat. Repeat for other 3 wreaths. Allow to cure. Note the flowers will go over the top.
To finish wreaths mix 1/16” of QW and pull off small balls to make leaves. Balls should be 1/8” or less. Each wreath will have 3 roses on it, one up in the center and two down on the sides. To make leaves roll balls into small cones and flatten and then position on wreath. To attach the roses either lay them between the leaves or roll small ball of clay on back of rose and push into place. Each wreath can be a little different. Place three leaves on the right and then place a flower on them, and then add more leaves and add other roses. Arrange if needed. Continue until you are happy with them; mix up more clay if needed. Repeat for other 3 wreaths. Allow to cure.
Angel House Trees:
Mix ½” QW and let sit 5 minutes. Pinch to make a flat pancake. Using the largest of your three clay star cutters, cut out a star. Reroll excess clay and cut a second large star. Continue cutting 2 medium and two small cutters. Then cut two stars using the next to largest Kemper star cutter. Let sit 5 minutes.
On skewers put a mark 2” from the bottom of the flat end. Working on parchment paper, place largest star on skewer with area between bottom points at the 2” mark on the skewer. Pinch top point of star to skewer and pull side points of star down a little. Pick up medium star and lay on skewer above large star. Pinch top point to skewer and pull side points of star down. Continue with small star and then Kemper star. Using the small stars, that were cut out and cured, press one on the top of the tree. Then put 4 more randomly on the rest of the tree. Repeat for second tree. Allow to cure. To finish back of trees, mix 1/16” of QW and divide in 2. Turn trees over and make a long skinny coil. Lay over skewer and then blend out onto tree. Make sure none of the clay is showing on the front of the tree. Repeat for second tree. Allow to cure.
Making and adding Star to top of Angel House:
To make the star on top of the angel house, mix 3/8” of QW and let sit about 10 minutes. Pinch and flatten into a pancake and cut out large star using clay star cutter. Reroll and flatten and cut out medium star. Allow to sit about 5 minutes. Pick up medium star and center on large star. Allow to cure.
To finish the back of the star, mix 1/16” of QW. Pick the point you want at the top and lay dowel on back. Roll clay into ball and flatten. Lay on back of dowel. Using extender, blend clay to edges of star. Make sure dowel is straight. Allow to cure.
To put star on top of house mix ¼” of QW and divide in 2 with one piece being about 2/3 of the clay and the other piece being 1/3. Roll largest piece into a ball and place in top center of chimney and gently flatten. Pick up other piece and roll into ball and place on top of other piece and gently flatten. Insert dowel straight down into center of clay and lift straight up. Allow to cure.
Attaching Trees to Angel House:
Mix ¼” of QW and divide into 2. Roll into ball and lay on the front corner of the house. The bottom should be flat against the base of the house and domed at the top. It will look like a gumdrop. Repeat at the second corner. Insert trees into clay and lift out. Allow to cure. Once cured, you can trim trees to desired length and then glue into place.
Bakery Cakes and Pies
For the large cake, mix 1/8” of QW and lay parchment paper over pattern. Roll in an oval and lay over pattern filling in the shape. You want the cake to be flat on the top, bottom and sides and you want the cake to be fatter in the center and thinner at the sides. Keep pressing and patting until you get the cake shaped. You can press your blade against the top, bottom and sides to help get it squared up. Allow to cure.
Mix 1/8” of QW and divide into two to make the small cake and pie. You will need a little less than half for the small cake. Lay parchment paper over pattern. Shape like you did for the small cake. Insert tooth pick in bottom of small cake. Reshape if needed. Lay pattern over pie and begin shaping clay into an oval and lay over pattern. Using your finger bevel the bottom edge to make pie pan. Also bring the bottom edges in for pan and keep top rounded. Allow to cure.
To finish cakes and pie mix up 1/16” of QW and pull off a ball a little larger than ¼” to make the plate for the large pie. Roll ball into a coil that is about 3/4” and is just a little wider than the pie. Flatten and pick up and lay on bottom of the cake. Stand cake up to make sure it is flat on the bottom. For the small cake trim the tooth to a little less than a ½”. To make a plate pull off a ball a little smaller than ¼” Roll into a coil just a little wider than cake and then flatten and place on bottom of cake. For the bottom of cake stand pull off a ball of clay that is a little less that ¼” and shape into a triangle. Lay on top of bottom of toothpick. Shape if needed. To place flowers on top of cakes pull off 6 small pieces for leaves. Roll each ball into a cone and flatten to make leaves. Position 2 on each cake and lay rose between the leaves, then add third leaf behind flower. For the pie, pull off a small piece of clay and roll into a thin coil to make the edge of the curst. Lay across center of pie and using pointy tool press up and down on coil to shape crust. Pull off two very small leaves and lay on top of pie, then pull off small ball and place in center. Allow to cure.
For the tree we will want to put a thin layer of QW over the Styrofoam cone except the top. Begin by mixing a3/8” of QW and pulling off a piece and pinching it thin between your fingers. Place on cone and begin pressing and pulling out on the QW to cover the cone. This is a very thin layer. Mix a little at a time until the cone is covered.
Mix ½” of QW and roll into a 6” coil. Have bottom of cone sitting on a piece of parchment paper and lay the coil next to bottom. Wrap around bottom of cone and stretch a little if it does not go the whole way around. Gently press coil against cone. Blend edge of coil up on tree and then pinch coil flat. Ruffle edge up and down. Sit on top of chimney so clay does not get smashed. If clay is not firm enough to hold its shape let it sit 5 – 10 minutes and then repeat. Keep watching until it cures.
For the top of tree, mix 1/8” of QW. Roll into a ball and then into a ¾” cone. Place on top of tree and blend edges to cone. Shape and then insert star into top of tree. Reshape if needed. Allow to cure.
To make the donuts for the tree mix 1/8” of QW and pull off ¼” balls. Place balls on tree and gently flatten. Insert pointy tool in center of each donut. If you need additional donuts mix more clay. Allow to cure.
Bakery Awning and Shelf:
To make the Shelf mix 1/8” of QW. Lay parchment paper over pattern and roll clay into a coil the width of the pattern. Begin pressing and patting and filling in the shape. Use blade to square edges if needed. Allow to cure.
For the awing mix 1/4” of QW and divide into 5 equal balls. Lay parchment paper over pattern and roll first ball into a coil the width of the awing. You want to have a scalloped edge on your awning. Lay first coil at edge of awning and press and flatten. Roll the rest of the balls into coils and lay one at a time on pattern and press and flatten making sure to keep the scalloped edge. Square off the back edge. Allow to sit until clay is almost cured. You want to put a little bend in the back of the awning. Lay parchment paper over ruler so clay doesn’t stick to it. Place awning on ruler with about ¼” over the edge and bend back edge down. Allow to cure.
Attaching Shelf and Awning to Bakery:
Mix ¼” of QW and divide in two. Off of each piece pull off two small balls that are a little less than ¼”. Lay the balls aside. Using one piece make a coil the width of the window. Place coil below the window and position the shelf on top of it making sure that it is straight and level. Place a ball on each end of the coil. Roll a coil the width of the awning and place above the window. Attach the awning on an angel. You want the awing not to be too low so that you can see the bakery items. You could prop one of your hand cutters under it while it cures. Place balls on ends of coil. Keep an eye on both pieces while they cure.
Bakery Candy Canes:
To make the largest candy cane mix ¼” of QW and roll into a 3 ½” coil. Lay parchment paper over pattern. Place candy cane over pattern. Cut a 1 ½” piece of wire and insert under end of cane. Gently pat into place.
For the smaller candy cane mix 1/8” of QW and roll into a 2” coil. . Place candy cane over pattern. Cut a 1 ½” piece of wire and insert under end of cane. Gently pat into place.
Repeat two more canes (one of each size) going in the opposite direction. Allow to cure.
To finish canes mix a sliver of QW and divide in 4. Flip candy over and place clay over wire and blend in place making sure clay is not showing in front. Repeat for other three.
Lay a piece of parchment paper over pattern. Mix ¼” of QW and pull off a ½” ball for the body. Roll into a teardrop shape and lay on pattern. Press and pat to fill in shape keeping edges thinner and center fatter. Pull off a 3/8” ball for the head. Place on pattern and pat and fill in pattern like for body. Pull off four ¼” balls for legs and arms. The legs should be a little bigger than the arms. For the legs roll the larger balls into a ½” – ¾” coil. Press up against body and feet going out to each side. Roll the arms into a ¾” coil. Lay right arm on shoulder and come down to side. On the other arm attach it at the shoulder and have the arm come up like it is waving. To attach the rose at the neck pull off two small balls for leaves and roll into a cone and flatten. Lay on each side under neck. Choose a small rose and insert between leaves. Allow to cure.
To add the candy canes to the house, mix ½” of QW and divide in two. Roll each into a ball. Trim the wires to ¼” on end of candy canes. Position candy canes in the direction each of them should go. Place ball of clay on front corners of house. Press clay firmly in place. Press largest candy cane into clay and then smaller candy cane. If they do not want to stay you can pull them out and let the clay cure and then glue in place. The larger can should be to the back and closest to edge of house. It should be on and angel. The smaller cane should be out a little and on an angel. See photo for placement. Repeat for other side.
For the bakery sign, position over door and in enough from the gable edge so that the tinsel does not cover it. Mix a sliver of and pull off a ¼” ball. Roll into a ¾” coil and place over door and lay sign on top of it. Allow to cure.
To attach the tree to the roof mix 1/16” of QW plus what was left of my sliver in the last step. Mix into a ball and place on center bottom of tree. Making sure star is in center front place on top of house. Also make sure the house is straight leaning from front to back. Allow to cure.
Glue cakes and pie to shelf. I placed the small cake on the stand in the center back and the large cake and pie in front. I would play with positioning before gluing them in place.
For the bakery use the brick stencil that comes in the Tim Holtz Mini Stencil – Set 3. I cut off the bottom of the stencil so that I could get closer to the bottom of the house (see video). Stencil the bricks on with Vintage Pink.
For the angel house I used the Hocus Pocus stencil. Place the stencil so that the swirl is in the center front of the house. Stencil the stars with Honey Brown, wipe off brush and stencil with Champagne Gold. Move the stencil around using different sections of stars and cover the house with stars using both Honey Brown and Champagne Gold.
Painting bricks on chimney:
On both houses to paint the bricks on the chimneys use thinned Wild Berry and a #2 flat. Beginning at the top front of the chimney and paint 3 bricks across, then stagger next row starting with a ½ brick, then two bricks and another ½ brick. Continue alternating rows until you get to the bottom. Do the back of the chimney the same way. On the sides do three rows starting with three bricks; and then just put a small brick for the last two rows on each side of the roof. On the angel house paint a wavy line of Snow White on the top of the chimney.
Adding buttons to Roof:
Using palette knife spread Snow-tex on a section at a time and then press buttons into the snow. I like to vary the size and color of the buttons. I usually start in the front center of the house putting the snow on the roof and two inside eves. I then place the buttons. Next I do each outside eve and the rest of the front of the roof. I then finish with the back of the roof. On the back of the roof I use some of the larger buttons. I let snow dry overnight.
On the angel house I glued a large button at the bottom of the door for a step.