Plaster Snowflake Paper Weight

This is a variation of my Dinosaur Fossils post, but uses a snowflake ornament instead. I found thin wood-like snowflakes at Micheal’s that were just three for $1. This paperweight measures about 5" wide by 3/4" thick.
1. I cut a 6 inch square piece of cardboard just as a plate to hold my cast until it dried. I took a handful of clay (left over from ceramic projects), rolled it smooth, and then pressed into almost a 6" diameter pancake and centered in on my cardboard.
2. Taking the snowflake, I pressed it firmly into the clay to make an impression. The snowflake is then removed.
3. I cut a strip of heavy watercolor paper (posterboard would work too) about 14" long by 2" wide. Overlapping the edges a bit, I stapled the ends together to make a ring.
4. The paper ring is centered over the snowflake impression, and pressed firmly into the clay until it hits the cardboard base. Plaster is mixed up to a pudding consistency (best for adults) and pored into the clay mold. Wait about an hour until the plaster is pretty well set before you tear the paper away and peel off the clay. Paint with gold or silver paint. Seal with a spray varnish.
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