Saturday, 5 June 2010

Mini clay tutorial for children

Hello there! The long awaited holidays are finally here, we are not going anywhere as the older one needs to go back to school for almost half of the holidays for lessons and there are quite a few holidays workshops for some of the children at the centers for me too.
Here is a little clay tutorial that we did for the beginning of the holidays, you can create this simple baby jelly fish with the little ones at home. We made this use using minimum fuss, just clay, glue, paint brush (for making indention) and glue paint.

Baby Jelly Fish!

To begin.....

Mix a little bit of blue clay with lots of white clay to get the shade of baby blue that I want. Just grab a small lump from the pack ( size of a Ping Pong ball). I use Hearty clay for this project. You can get it from my webstore.

Cut the clay into half, then use 1 of the half and cut them into 5 pieces (sorry only 4 small pieces shown here) , roll the 5 small pieces of clay into teardrop shapes (shown below) . That is suppose to the tentacles. Next, roll the other half of the clay into a round ball shape and use your thumb to make a slight indention on it and apply a small amount of white glue. (see photo)

Glue the tentacles (the sharper end ) to the glued area (see photo)

Your jelly fish's should looked like this bottom up.

You are almost 60% done here

Next, using the end of a paint brush, make a small indention on the top of the jelly fish.

And apply glue like this ...

Make 3 little thin strip of clay and stick them on the glued part, again use the end of the paint brush to make 2 small indention for the eyes, and use a tiny bit of clay, shaped it into a small round shape for the nose (remember to apply as well!)

Next use black glue paint to fill up the small indention meant for the eyes.....

Tata!! Its done!

The finished Project!

We made another pink jelly fish girl friend for it! ^-^


Jacqueline said...

OMG Charlene, they look so adorable!! I LOVE this tutorial and it's really something i needed to help me start my clay crafting adventure!! I have yet to start on mine as i have been really busy but i am hopeful that i will start on my clays soon!! This is truely inspiring to me! Have a lovely merry happy sunday and love to you!

p/s: Happy school holdiays!


Charlene said...

Hi Jacqueline,

This is a good simple project to start with ^-^. Happy claying...always looking forward to see your new projects!

Have a nice weekend !

Jacqueline said...

Dearest Charlene, i was on my way to your lovely shop and i tot i will also stop by here to visit! I am hoping to try some clay this weekend and really hope to find the time! Oh and i do have one question, how do i store my open Hearty Clay pack? Do i need to store it in an sir-tight container? Thanks alot for your help! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to yoU!


Charlene said...

Hi Jacqueline,

Yes please store the unused clay in a ziplock bag, squeeze out al the air in it and if possible place it in a good air tight container.