My daughter is not naturally crafty, but she really enjoys “sculpting”. In her engineering mind, sculpted things are a lot more “useful”, and she gets to try different techniques to try and make things she wants to make. We already had experiences with playdoh (store-bought and homemade), non-drying modeling clay, and Sculpty clay, but this time we tried Crayola air-dry clay (an affiliate link).
Our initial inspiration was to make a swirly clay pendant similar to jade pendants made by Maori of New Zealand. We read about them in New Zealand Top Secret edition. We learned in the process that cutting pendants out of clay is not as easy as it looks and requires clay to be thick, but not too thick. We also learned that air-dry clay is more sticky and thick than playdoh, and cannot be used with smaller shapes from our collection of playdoh tools.
My husband joined the crafting party, and we were happily busy for a couple of hours on Saturday morning and made a lot of clay things. They dried up nicely, and we can’t wait to paint them – hopefully, we will have the same relaxed Saturday morning this week and make our clay decorations ready to be hanged or used around the house.
Your turn: What are most popular art tools and media in your house?