Families make lots of diyas -- or small clay candles -- to celebrate the Indian new year festival of Diwali. In India, the small clay pot is filled with clarified ghee which is similar to oil. Cotton wool is twisted to make a small wick and the lamps are arranged in rows as part of the celebration. You can make a similar small diya using polymer clay and tealight candles. Paint and decorate the pots or lamps to recognise the Indian holiday and celebration.
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Things you need
- Polymer clay
- Tea light
- Aluminium foil
- Baking tray
- Acrylic paints
Soften polymer clay in your hand by warming it and kneading it with your fingers.
Shape the clay around the tea or votive-sized candle. The clay should rise 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) above the top of the candle wax. Shape the clay in any design you like. The clay should be no more than 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) thick.
Place the clay on aluminium foil on a baking tray. Preheat your oven to 135 degrees C (275F). Bake your clay for 20 to 25 minutes. Allow the clay to cool completely before you touch it.
Decorate your diya with acrylic paints using an artist paintbrush. Paint any festive designs you like.
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