By Chris Dunmire | Posted December 17, 2006 | Updated December 22, 2019
“Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things,
but just look what they can do when they stick together.”
—Vesta M. Kelly
Ready to roll? Here's a creative and fun polymer clay craft for newbies to the medium, or for anyone who simply loves to play with clay. It's my 'Penny for Your Thoughts' Snowman!
With a penny, a few scraps of polymer clay, and a cotton ball, you can create this neat little doodad snowman to 'gift' away as a stocking stuffer, create a Christmas tree ornament, or ride on the Classic Runner Sled Ornament you made the other day.
As with all of my nifty crafts, I highly encourage you to make them your own. Use my project instructions as a base and improvise or improve upon with your own unique twists.
This is your opportunity to let your creativity and innovation shine. Let your 'claytivity' roll free!
Form the colored clay pieces into the basic snowman shapes (body, eyes, mouth, nose, hat, scarf) as indicated in the photo above.
As a guide, the clay pieces shown in the photo above are actual size and in proporation to fit on the penny base. The images that follow vary in size based on the details emphasized.
Using the penny as a base, begin putting together the snowman. Start at the bottom and assemble the base to the penny, followed by the mid-section to the base.
For the best sticking power between clay pieces, roughen up the clay area with the toothpick where the base meets the penny and where the two body pieces meet (the rough areas will be hidden after assembling).
Assemble the nose and eyes to the face before attaching the head onto the mid-section. Insert the nose into the head before adding the eyes and mouth.
Use the toothpick to create a deep hole in the head for the "carrot" nose. After you insert the nose into the hole, shape it into a carroty pointed tip.
Next, assemble the black hat pieces on the snowman's head. Shape the hat in any way you see fit. Then, wrap the red scarf around the neck and curl up the ends for a "flowing" effect.
At this point be sure to give an extra gentle squeezing to the body pieces, head, hat, and scarf together to secure before baking. Also, be sure the snowman is standing upright on the penny, not leaning.
Place the snowman onto a piece of tin foil and/or in a shallow baking pan and bake for 10-15 minutes at 275 F degrees (baking times may vary, so refer to the directions on your clay packaging for the best results. If you leave the clay baking in the oven for too long it will burn). After baking, let the snowman cool completely.
If any of the pieces come apart after the snowman is baked, use the glue to reattach the pieces together.
Using the toothpick or your fingers, separate the cotton ball center to form the shape of a ring that can be slipped over the penny base of the snowman.
Add a few beads of glue on the penny base.
Slip the cotton ring over the base to cover the penny and glue beads. After positioning the cotton over the base of the snowman, press it gently and flatten down evenly.
Allow the glue to dry completely.
Congratulations! Your cute lil' snowman is finished. Now you have a small clay sculpture celebrating winter or Christmas fun to 'gift' away to someone special!
Sprinkle on some glitter or attach a small "Penny for Your Thoughts" quote or saying to the base of your creation before giving it away to someone. Or, print one of my Snowflake Gift Tags and Cards to write a special seasonal message to your recipient.
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