Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Clay Toys- Fun & Educational Craft

Step 1: preheat oven according to Sculpey directions
Step 2: soften clay to make it more pliable
Step 3: just like playdough! form shapes of the people & things you need for your project
(we are studying the journey of Lewis & Clark with Sacegewea across the country so this was our theme for the project, but you can use any theme from a book or movie of your choice)
Step 4: cook pieces according to Sculpey directions (the pieces won't harden until cooked!)
and let them cool
Step 5: while the pieces are cooking and cooling you can prepare your box for the diarama- we painted on our river, sky, & clouds - we also glued some dirt & mulch into place for the land
* just a hint about making the larger mountain pieces- I used tin foil for the base & rolled out a layer of thin clay to lay over the top - it cooked faster & wasn't too heavy (not to mention that it doesn't waste so much clay)
Step 6: use paint brushes, tooth picks or any other tool you like to paint and put details on your pieces and let them dry
*play with the colors, try sponging on some layers of color & paint for depth
Have Lots of FUN!!!