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'A Penny for Your Thoughts' Christmas Snowman Project
By Chris Dunmire
Here's a quick and easy project for people experienced with polymer clay. It's a 'penny for your thoughts' Polymer Clay 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 to your family or friends. Improvise on the idea if you wish — and let your 'claytivity' run free!
Project Materials & Tools:
1. Assemble snowman pieces
Form the colored clay pieces into the basic snowman shapes (body, eyes, mouth, nose, hat, scarf) as indicated in the photo above.
TIP: As a guide, the clay pieces shown in the photo are actual size. The images that follow vary in size based on the details emphasized.
2. Begin building the snowman.
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.
TIP: 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).
3. Make the snowman head.
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.
TIP: Use the toothpick to create a deep hole in the head for the "carrot" nose. As you insert the nose into the hole, shape it into a point.
4. Dress the snowman (hat and scarf).
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.
TIP: 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.
5. Bake the snowman.
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). After baking, let the snowman cool completely.
TIP: If any of the pieces come apart after the snowman is baked, use the glue to reattach the pieces together.
6. Assemble the cotton "snow" in 3 easy steps:
Congratulations! Your snowman is finished. Now you have a small clay sculpture celebrating winter or Christmas fun to 'gift' away to someone special!
Added Touch: 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 out one of my free Winter Printable Gift Tags and write a message to your recipient. •
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