DIY Clay Critter (Duck)

Here is a great craft you can complete anytime you are feeling bored and eager to be creative. I am going to be making a duck, but any type of animal is applicable (if for some reason you really don’t like ducks…) As well, I will be using Super Sculpey clay, which I recommend because it works really well for crafts like this.

GETTING STARTED

Preheat your oven to around 275 °F. Condition all the clay you plan on using by kneading until it is soft and smooth or, if you have one, running it through a Clay Conditioning Machine (I used it in my tech class this year and now I really want one. It works really well!)

STEP 1

Grab some aluminum foil and roll the strip into a ball 1 1/2″ in diameter, for the duck’s body. Roll another ball of foil into a smaller ball about 1″ in diameter, for the duck’s head. Afterwards, grab a toothpick and stick the balls on top of each other.

STEP 2

Take some of that Super Sculpey clay and start covering the aluminum foil balls. You don’t need a lot of clay but make sure you have enough so no aluminum is showing anywhere.

STEP 3

Now it is time to add some features to our duck. Make a small ball of clay and flatten it. Cut it in half and place one half near the centre of the head for the top part of the duck’s beak.

Then place the other half below for the lower part.

Next we will make the wings of the duck. For this you with need to make two disks in an oval shape (keeping it real simple so nothing fancy) and place them on opposite sides of the duck’s body.

Now, the tricky part, the duck’s feet. For this you will need to make two small diamonds (or little kites, which ever helps visually) out of clay. Then start to pinch three of the points so they look more like webbed feet. After you have this shape, place both of the pieces underneath the body so they are sticking out.

Finally, make two really small circles for the eyes.

eyes on the duck

STEP 4

Place the duck in an oven-proof glass surface and stick that duck in the oven to bake! Leave it in there for about 15-20 minutes. Once it is done, let it cool.

STEP 5

Now it is time to paint! This is my favourite part of this craft because the clay critter is brought to life (plus it looks super cute when it is done!)

I use acrylic paint for the soul purpose that it works on any surface (and it is the only type of paint I like to use anyway). Use whatever colours you like so your duck critter is unique and cute enough for you!

STEP 6

Admire your cute clay critter! 🙂

It really is that simple to make!

Paint Chip Dress

The Dress

Paint Chips

Have you ever wanted to wear a garment that had paint chips on it?

Luckily for my friend, Sarah, she was able to wear my Paint Chip Dress I had made for my application portfolio.

When preparing a portfolio, the key is creating pieces that stand out and are not common. This way, the professors will remember you when reviewing other applicants and comparing who is more creative and innovative. I had planned on incorporating paint chips into one of my pieces into something but I didn’t know in what and how I would do it. Finally, after much thought, I dreamed up a sketch of the paint chips being the main element of a dress.

To make my dress, I gathered paint chips from a local paint store. (Lucky for me, the employees there didn’t mind that I was stealing the chips.) Then I purchased a cheap black tube dress and glued the cut up chips onto the dress using a glue gun. The process was long and somewhat tedious but I couldn’t complain because it was my own project.

It took a lot of work and a lot of preparation to create something so creative and definitely noticeable. I showed this piece to two of my portfolio interviews earlier this year and really impressed the professors. They found it compelling and thoughtful to compile paint chips into a garment like this one. This, for me, was very unexpected because designing garments was never something i had envisioned doing and doing well for that matter. Who knows? Maybe the Paint Chip Dress will become a popular thing to wear.

Who Doesn’t Like Crayola Crayons??

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You may remember yourself at a young age receiving your first pack of Crayola crayons. I certainly remember myself in this situation and feeling anticipated to open the pack, smell each crayon, and draw with the many colours. I would spend hours sitting and drawings scribbles. Who could blame me?

Crayola Crayons

Crayola crayons are generally the first art tools a child uses for simple drawings and craft activities. However, as a child interested in art gains more experience and skills, crayons seem inferior and worthless compared to Letraset markers, paints, watercolour pencils, etc. Is there a way that young adults can enjoy crayons again?

There may be a way…

by making melted crayon art. This creation is an easy and fun way of making art with crayons again. Here are the steps on how to make one yourself:

  1. Buy a pack of Crayola crayons.
  2. Remove the paper labels off each crayon and arrange them in a rainbow.
  3. Glue all the crayons at the top of a canvas using a hot glue gun.
  4. Using a hairdryer, heat the crayons so they start to melt. (I recommend tilting the canvas so the wax drips downwards.)
  5. Let the wax blend together and cool for a few minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
If you are confused by these instructions, just watch videos on YouTube like this one:

This is a simple craft to once again pull out those Crayola crayons and feel like a young kid like before.