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STYLGRL's Photo STYLGRL Posts: 2,574
2/24/09 7:17 A

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2/23/09 5:04 P

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To use the paper clay you'll need some sort of form to mold it around for it to work easily. And it does take about a day to dry. Longer the thicker it is, though.

To make a mask, it's best to get a mask form from the craft store. They cost around $2.00 or so. Also, lining the mask with felt makes it more comfortable to wear, and finishes it nicely.

Glad I was able to help with an art project. Another fun thing for kids that young is making pony bead animals. There are small booklets, free flyers at some stores, or I'm sure you can find it on the internet somewhere. You just need a bunch of those beads (cheap) and ribbon. My girl used to make Snowmen, Santa, and I think even a skunk.

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2/23/09 8:27 A

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I haven't heard of this, sounds like fun stuff, I'm getting some today!!! I have my six year old granddaughter every sunday.. she considers herself an artist..lol I'm always looking for new ideas for our "artists" afternoon..thanks! We used the Crayola air dry clay this week end, made some items sat out of white, and painted 'em on sunday. I thought of this thread when we were doing it. We glued some items together with foam craft glue..you apply it to one side, wait 1/2 hour for it to become clear/sticky..then stick 'em together, it worked great!

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2/22/09 12:55 P

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Have you ever thought about using paper clay? We get it at Michaels or JoAnn Fabric so with a coupon its not too expensive and it's rarely on sale.

I don't use it, but my daughter does to make all sorts of things, but mostly masks. You add water to it so it's like a gloopy mess and you shape it using a form (maybe a box for a house in your case) and wait for it to dry. Sometimes she sands it lightly with sandpaper.

It will end up being light weight and you can paint it. Here is an example of one of her masks:
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It's a goblin mask, but I think you can get an idea of how the end product might turn out.



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Ancient homes were made from plain old dirt mixed with sand. Have you tried mud? Kinda of messy but fun and inexpensive and abundant.

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Sounds like lots of good ideas. One comment Play dough is probably a poor choice as it crumbles.

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Crayola does make a air dry clay , you can purchase a bag of white that is paintable once dry, but it also comes in amny colors, brown being one of them. It is great stuff to work with, it's light and kinda spongelike, but it holds it's shape nice and air dries overnight.. I would also recommend FIMO or SCULPY, you can get that at any art supply store, it comes in every color imaginable and then you make the different components you need to build your house and bake them in a 250 degree oven for about 1/2 hour, the directions are on the package. Then you could glue them together,,with a hot glue gun. Good luck!

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2/19/09 5:56 P

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Since you have walls you like, I would make a cardboard interior that you could glue the walls to. Tacky glue would probably work well. Doors and windows 'could' be carved out of the walls, but you would have to use patience and not get in a hurry while doing that. Plaster does score fairly easily.

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I would say buy some new clay :) I believe even crayola makes a self hardening clay...not sure the quality. Also what about paper mache? I am not 100% what these houses are supposed to look like but I did google it :) Maybe take some metal hangers to get the shape/frame and paper mache them? Or maybe cut it out of cardboard and find a way to make the outside look more like it...maybe glue and dirt :)

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Hello everyone! I hope someone will be able to help lead us in the right direction. My son has a project he is working on and we are having a rough time with it. He has to make 3 Mesopotamian Homes using whatever material he would like. I had some self hardening clay from when we were homeschooling but it is hard as a brick. The instructions say if you use water it will soften but when dd tried for something else (with another brick of it) it was next to impossible. Is that how it always is or should I try to buy some new ones.

Does anyone have any better ideas about how to go about making these. I joined this team because I'm not so crafty but desperately want to be so I'm just clueless here. I went to Walmart and they didn't have and clay. Playdoh will probably be too soft and don't know if we would be able to make walls with it that would stand....or would they? I bought Plaster of Paris (didn't even really know much about it)....that was a disaster. We made some good walls but I haven't a clue how we would connect them together or make any kind of doors or windows...though I thought if we figured out how to assemble it he could just paint it and paint in the doors and windows.

We even tried making our own self hardening clay with a recipe online but that seemed like pizza dough and shriveled up into a square blob, lol.

Any help would be sooooooooo appreciated!

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