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How To Make a
Pig Family Tree Ornament

Maybe you just want to know how the ornaments are made or would like to make your own. This page will show you how I make the Pig Family Trees and give you the basics you will need to make your own personalized ornament.

I use Fimo Polymer Clay for all of my ornaments. You can find Fimo and all other items used at your local craft store.

Pig Tree Ornament Wood Tree Base
Wood tree cutouts are used as my ornament base. These cutouts can be found on Ebay or sometimes at your local craft store.

I use a small drill bit to drill holes at the top to be used for threading the hanging cord from and then I paint the ornament and add glitter and/or fake snow flakes to the tree base.

Pig Tree Ornament Wood Tree Base
To make the pig faces roll round balls of clay the size you would like to have. Then push the round balls almost flat onto a sheet of paper.

Pig Tree Ornament Wood Tree Base
I hand paint the eyes so at this point I paint the eyes on with acrylic paints. You might choose to make your eyes with clay so at this point you could make small round balls of eye color clay and place on the face.

Pig Tree Ornament Wood Tree Base
Now add the ears and noses. A stylus tool is used to create the nostrils on the pig noses.

Pig Tree Ornament Wood Tree Base
Next create the hats and hat brim for a place to write personalized messages. You can embellish the hat with more clay as you choose. I add a little greenery on the brim and a round tassel of clay on the hat tip.

Pig Tree Ornament Wood Tree Base
I run white clay through a pasta machine on a low setting to make the hat brim where the personalization will go. You can roll the clay thin using other tools you may have available or just flatten and smooth the clay with your fingers.

Pig Tree Ornament Wood Tree Base
Now I have a sheet of pig faces ready for baking. Bake at 230 degrees for 30 minutes. I bake all of my items on a cookie sheet that I have layered with a piece of cardboard. The low temperature used for baking the polymer clay will not burn the cardboard or the paper sheet. I have found that covering the cooking sheet with a layer of cardboard helps prevent the bottoms of my items from burning.

Pig Tree Ornament Wood Tree Base
Once the pig faces are baked and cooled I glue them to the tree base and coat them with several layers of glaze. It is not necessary to use any glaze so this is just a matter of preference. Although I prefer the Sculpey gloss glaze it can be expensive to use. Another option that works well is using Pledge with FUTURE shine premium floor finish. Be sure to allow plenty of drying time between coats.

Pig Tree Ornament Wood Tree Base
This is not a necessary step but I have found that using a embossing heat gun helps in speeding up the drying process and sets the glaze onto the clay.

Pig Tree Ornament Wood Tree Base
Now I add the gold cord to the ornament to be used as the hanger. I use a long needle that I have cut the tip off from the end that the thread usually goes through. This makes it very easy to pick up the cord and push it through the hole opening.

Pig Tree Ornament Wood Tree Base
Now the ornament is ready for personalizing. I use acrylic paint and calligraphy pens for outling the eyes. Another option are Pilot ultra fine point NO XYLENE permanent pens. These pens can be hard to find though. Another option is to use the STAEDTLER permanent Lumocolor markers available at your local craft stores.

Pig tree
A finished ornament.

Now to answer the question why would I want to share how to make what I sell?
Working with this clay has been a wonderful experience for me. I would hope that sharing some of my ideas might help someone else discover for themselves how much fun it can be to create their own creations. No two items are ever created exactly identical and the variations are endless. Feel free to use my ideas for your own personal use and you will be surprised by what your own creativity can offer. Have fun!

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