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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Crafting with 3rd Graders - Clay Owl Tealights

Another 3rd grade crafting project: little owl tealight holders made from clay!

The white ones were made with baking soda clay which is quite lovely to work with, is a pure white color and dries very hard. Tutorial and clay recipe pending!

The brown and golden owls were made with sand clay, an interesting tactile experience (unless the clay is too gooey, as was the gold batch)! I used decosand on these - which may also be the reason that the gold was not an ideal texture - and the brown had lovely glittery sparkles in it which the kids appreciated. This clay is also great to work with and dries to resemble stone.

Sand Clay Recipe
(courtesy of Mudworks, by MaryAnn F. Kohl)
1. mix 1 cup sand, 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1 teaspoon alum in a saucepan
2. add 3/4 cup hot water, stirring vigorously
3. add food coloring, if desired
4. cook over medium heat until thick in pan
5. cool (this is VERY important - let it cool because otherwise it is way too gooey!)
6. mold as desired
7. leave to dry, may take several days
8. store leftover clay in an airtight container

Have fun with this. The sand in the clay leaves hands feeling wonderfully smooth after you've played with this for a bit. Nice exfoliating properties!