This easy chick craft is made from polymer clay. It's just in time for Spring.
Age: 10 and up
Time Scale: 2 out of 5
To make this chick craft, start by conditioning the yellow and orange clays. Add about a pea sized amount of orange to the yellow and mix thoroughly.
Roll the yellow clay into a ball that is about 3/4's of an inch around. Form into an egg shape. This will be for the body.
Roll orange clay into two slightly smaller than pea sized balls. Squish down so they are about an 1/8 of an inch thick. Put one on top of the other, off set a bit. Squeeze together at the back. Shape this into a beak. Cut the back off flat.
Add two small nostril holes with a needle tool. Attach to the narrow end of the egg shape, about a 1/4 inch down from the top. This makes a nice little beak, but it is hard to attach. If you are having trouble, try this instead: Add a small ball, directly on to the body and then sculpt the mouth opening and nostrils on there. This will make a bit thicker beak but it will be easier.
Make two pea sized balls from the orange clay. Roll into an oval shape. Squish down to about a 1/4 of an inch thick.
Use the ball tool to push in on one end to make three toes. Bend the other end up slightly to make a bit of a leg. Squeeze the sides in slightly, near the back to form the foot.
Break off the end of a toothpick so it is about a 1/4 inch long. Stick into the leg and squeeze the clay around it.
Place the feet, so the heels are touching together, near the back on the sides and the toes point outward slightly. Stick the toothpicks into the underside of the body to attach the feet. Now, make sure this chick craft sits properly and doesn't tip over. There is nothing worse than a tipsy chick!
Use a ball end tool to make slight indentations into the yellow ball for the eyes.
Roll two tiny black balls of clay and put into these. With the needle tool, make lines above the eyes for eyebrows.
Now wipe your hands off with either wet wipes or paper towels soaked in rubbing alcohol.(Take it from Miss Mucky fingers, you will want to do this before you touch anything else.)
With a needle tool or skewer stick, make an upwards hole in each side of the body, just down from eye height.
Make a hole on the backside, near the bottom, tilted downwards. I made three small holes in the back, but one would have been sufficient. This is where his tail feathers will go. If you want him really fluffy, you can add three holes, if you want.
In hindsight, I still think one would be enough, or maybe two. When there are three holes, you have to cut the feather pieces really tiny and that just makes things more difficult.
Bake according to the instructions on the package for the type of clay you are using. Different polymer clay brands will have different baking times. I just recently read that over baking slightly is actually better than under baking. Just be careful not to burn it! Under baking will cause the pieces to be brittle and break more easily. Lighter colors do have the tendency to discolor, so keep an eye on this, while you are baking it. You don't want a cooked goose!
Cut small pieces off the ends of yellow feathers. After your chick craft has cooled, use tacky glue to attach the feathers in the holes, in the sides and back of the body.
This fluffy chick craft is a cute little reminder that spring has sprung. Here the grass hasn't quite riz but I sure will be glad when it does!
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