Leprechaun Crafts, like this cute little Pot of Gold, make St. Patrick's Day, even more fun.
Know a gold digger or have a gold crazy friend? Perhaps you could be a
mischievous little leprechaun and donate this pot of gold, to them.
Age: 12 and up
Time scale: 2 out of 5
Every Irishman knows about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Have you
ever tried to find the end of a rainbow? Get close and it seems to disappear.
The legend in Ireland is of a mischievous leprechaun, that has hidden his
treasure, under the rainbow. He will never lead you to it, so why not fool him,
by making your own!?
Make Leprechaun crafts like this, for St. Patrick's day!
This cute little pot of gold, made from polymer clay, looks so real, it has even fooled a few leprechauns!
If you really don't want to rely on a real leprechaun, you will have to get instructions for Leprechaun crafts, from me. I can also be mischievous, but I am more trustworthy. You can count on me, to supply a no nonsense way, to help you produce your very own pot of gold!
Condition about a half a package of black polymer clay.
Roll the piece of black clay into about a 3/4 of an inch ball.
Use a large ball end tool to make an indentation, about an 1/8th inch deep, into
the center. Don't make the indentation too deep or it will just have to be
filled in later.
The bottom, should become slightly flattened, which is fine.
Make a lip around the edge. Push the ball end tool in about 1/8th inch down, from the edge of the indentation. Go all the way around.
Pick up the clay (which should be starting to resemble a pot of gold, minus the gold); pinch this edge to continue shaping.
Tilt the edge out slightly.
Use a tool with a flat edge to add more definition to the inside edge of the rim on the pot.
Roll a small piece of clay into a skinny snake. By skinny, I mean not
much thicker than a toothpick. Now, that's skinny!
Use a needle tool or a blade cutter to cut two, 1 inch pieces.
Loop each piece into a circle.
Join the ends on each piece.
Attach one, to each side of the pot, just below the lip; with the joined edges facing up.
Now, for the most important part... the gold.
The Best Leprechaun Crafts, must include GOLD!
Condition a small piece of gold clay.
Roll out several teeny tiny balls. How teeny tiny? About the size of an uncooked grain of rice. (Before they are made into a ball). I thought, I should clarify, since rice isn't shaped like a ball!
When squashed, the balls should
make a cute little coin, just over an 1/8 inch across. Squish each ball into a
fairly thin circle, a bit thinner than the thickness of a dime.
Start placing the coins on the inside of the pot, just inside the rim. Overlap
each one slightly, but not evenly. Push down each one, with a small ball end
Work towards the middle. Pile the coins a bit higher in the center.
Bake for approximately 45 minutes. Check the baking instructions, for the
type of clay you are using. Time and temperature may vary.
Apply sculpey, high gloss sealer on the gold coins, to make them shiny. Gold
always looks more valuable, when it's shiny, doesn't it?
Put this to good use at a St. Patricks day party, with a slight variation:
Make multiples of the pot of gold, slightly larger and use as cute, table place markers. Write the name of the guest on each one, with a paint pen.
Who will be the recipient of your little pot of gold? It's small, and not very valuable, but it's the thought that counts, right? Who needs a leprechaun, anyways?
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