Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Funday Links: A Way with Clay

As Juniors, our girls insisted upon doing the Ceramics and Clay badge. This was totally outside of my comfort zone. While I consider myself relatively "crafty," I'm not entirely artistic. We lucked out -- it turned out of one girls' grandfathers has a ceramics hobby, to the extent that he even has a kiln in his basement.

But if you're not so fortunate to have an artist at the ready, here are some fun clay crafts and projects. Whether you're working on the new Brownie "Potter" badge, making a Mother's Day gift or just looking for an activity to fill some time, these ideas and resources should help you bring out your inner artist.

Oobleck - While this is more of a science experiment than a real clay, it's still a fun activity to expose the girls to different textures.

Cornstarch Clay - This is a simple and inexpensive clay to make. It can take a while to dry, but it's an easy-to-work with clay to let the girls play around with.

Baking Soda Clay - A slightly different recipe - I didn't get a chance to try it out, but the ability to sand your finished design might make it a little more "polished" than the cornstarch clay.

Clay Tea Light Holders - Could be a cute Christmas craft and could likely be done with any type of air-dry clay.

Fingerprint Pendant - A simple idea for a Mother's Day gift.

Homemade Playdough - Homemade playdough can be a good way for young girls to practice their rolling and modeling skills - here's an easy recipe.

Cinnamon Clay - A fragrant clay for making Christmas ornaments or gift tags.

Sculpey Beads - Sculpey (or any polymer clay) is an amazing medium. It can take a little getting used to, but once you do, the possibilities are endless. We taught our girls how make very simple two-color beads, which we then strung onto necklaces. Here's the finished product:
Polymer Clay Bead Bracelet

Polymer Clay Creations - Some more great ideas to spark your creativity with polymer clay. The spider would be adorable for Halloween.

As always, sometimes the simplest ideas can be the most creative. We brought a lump of clay with us on a camping trip (in a lodge) and let the girls go to it. Some of their creations went beyond anything I could have come up with.

Happy Sunday surfing!

1 comment:

  1. My friend that had a kiln moved:/ But even my 4 year old enjoys sculpey. Clay seems like a good activity for sitting and molding while we do some of the "talky" tasks involved in some of the badges.