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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Gingerbread Ornament

Start a new Christmas tradition and make your own gingerbread man ornament with polymer clay, from AMACO.

Gingerbread Ornament

Materials:

  • FIMO® Soft polymer clay — Sahara, Metallic White, Gold , Cherry Red, Tropical Green
  • Fun Wire® — Clear/Copper, 26 gauge
  • Seasonal Seed Bead/Bugle Mix
  • Black Seed Beads
  • AMACO® PolyBlade or Craft Knife
  • AMACO® PolyRoller
  • Needle Tool or Toothpick
  • Pliers
  • Clay Shaper
  • Index card

Steps:

  1. Divide an index card into four sections with pencil. Label sections: Head, Body, Legs, Arms. Slice off a section of Metallic White clay, condition and roll into a long thin log about 1/8" in diameter.
     
  2. Slice the block of Sahara in half to create two sections. Slice each of these sections in half again. Place one of the four sections onto the index card labeled head. Cut the remaining sections in half again. Place two sections onto the area labeled legs and three sections onto the area labeled body. Slice the remaining section in half and place onto the area labeled arms.
     
  3. BODY: Combine and condition all three sections together. Shape into a rounded triangle cone. Press bottom against flat surface.
     
  4. LEGS: Roll each section into tapered logs. Wrap “icing” (Metallic White logs) around bottom of feet. With thumb against thick end, press one leg to each side of body.
     
  5. ARMS: Roll each arm section into a tapered log. Round out the thick end with fingers to form a ball. Wrap “icing” around wrist. Press one arm to each side of body.
     
  6. HEAD: Press toothpick into neck area. Roll head into a ball and press over toothpick. Apply “icing” to head. Roll a 1/4" ball of Red and apply to center of face for nose. Create eye socket with clay shaper. Drop in black seed beads and shape eyes. Draw in smile with needle tool.
     
  7. HOLLY: Roll three small Red balls, place onto head where desired, and poke hole in each with toothpick. Flatten three 1/4" Green balls and shape into teardrops. Draw in vein marks with needle tool to create leaves. Press onto head.
     
  8. Poke holes into hands with toothpick for wire. Cut out a star from Gold clay with NuBlade. Poke hole through star to create a bead.
     
  9. BAKE at 265°F (130°C) for one hour. String beads onto copper wire. Press ends of wire into holes in hands.

 

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