Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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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).

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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.

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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?

8 comments:

Ticia said...

My kids are a big fan of wood to craft with, popsicle sticks, corks, random blocks. They run through those super quick.

We do air dry clay from time to time, but I rarely remember to go back and paint them.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Paper and pen have to be the overall favorite, if only because I let them use them whenever they want (pretty much). Mike brings home reams of scratch paper from work, so I don't even have to feel guilty about wasting trees.

Would you recommend this clay? We have actually never tried it, although I have seen it in stores. I LOVED Sculpey clay as a kid, and need to introduce my kids to it. I love the things you made together, and it sounds like great family time.

Christy Killoran said...

I love air dry clay. It's been a while since we last used it.

otilia stocks said...

such a nice craft! thank you for linking uo with the #pinitparty

Jeanette Nyberg said...

I love the Crayola air-dry clay! I was surprised when we first used it, because I thought it wouldn't be that easy to use, but it's a really nice consistency.

Anna said...

She did such a beautiful job!

Marie-Claude Leroux said...

The Maori inspired pendants look great!

Carrie said...

What a fun way to have some family time. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!