Begonias & Bugs
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Sculpey II oven-bake clay: Tomato Red, String Bean
- Premo! oven-bake clay: Cadmium Yellow
- Studio acrylic clay roller
- Small flower pot
- Floral moss
- Small cutters: teardrop, pointed oval
- Wrapped floral stems
- Conventional or craft oven
- Oven-proof glass or metal baking tray
- Smooth work surface: granite, marble, glass or glazed ceramic tile
Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Knead clay for 2 minutes. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275° F for 15 minutes per 1/4" of thickness. Do not use in microwave oven. Do not exceed the above temperatures or recommended baking time. Baking should be completed by an adult. Wash hands after use.
- Roll out a sheet of String Bean clay. Cut small rectangles to wrap around the bottom of the flowers. Create a long thin snake; cut pieces for the stems.
- For the yellow flower, roll a sheet of Cadmium Yellow clay. Cut 5 drop-shaped leaves. Press into the pointed side with a toothpick & slightly fold. Make a small Tomato Red ball for the center.
- For the red flower, roll a sheet of Tomato Red. Cut 5 pointy ovals, press into 1 side with the toothpick & slightly fold. Make a small Cadmium Yellow ball for the middle.
- For the spotted flower, mix Tomato Red Cadmium Yellow, one-to-one. Roll the new color out in a sheet. Cut out 5 pointy ovals. Make tiny Cadmium Yellow spots; press 3 on each of the upper parts of the petals. Press into the bottom part with a toothpick, slightly folded.
- For each flower, assemble the petals together; wrap around the stem. Slightly press the bottom of the flower & wrap the green rectangle around it. Press in place & add middle spots to the top of the flower.
- Make leaves by rolling out string bean clay. Make snakes the length of stems. Roll to make the ends pointy; then flatten. Leave some straight and bend some.
- Create 11 flowers. Bake all pieces as directed by manufacturer. Allow to cool before assembling flowers in pot. A decorative ribbon may be added to the pot if desired.
- With Cadmium Yellow clay, make 1 oval for the body, 1 small round ball for the nose & 2 clubs for antennae.
- With the Tomato Red clay, make 1 round ball for the head, 6 clubs for legs & cut 2 tear drops for the wings from a rolled out sheet.
- Attach the wings to the top & the legs to the sides of the body. Press the head onto the front of the body. Cut a mouth in the lower part of the head with a toothpick. Attach the nose, antennae & black beads for eyes. Bake all pieces as directed by manufacturer. Allow to cool.
- Using Cadmium Yellow clay, make 1 round ball for the head & 6 small balls for the feet.
- Using Cadmium Yellow clay, make 2 antennae, little rods rounded on the ends.
- Using Tomato Red clay, make 7 small balls for the spots, 1 smaller for the nose and 2 little rods for antennae.
- Using String Bean clay, make one oval for the body.
- Attach head to body and press feet to lower sides of body. Decorate body with spots & cut a mouth into the lower part of the head. Attach nose, antennas and black beads for eyes. Bake all pieces as directed by manufacturer. Allow to cool.
- Using String Bean clay, make eight balls slightly decreasing the size toward the end. Make one small ball to put between the head and the body.
- Using Cadmium Yellow clay, make 2 antennae.
- Using Tomato Red clay, make 15 small balls for the feet and the nose.
- Assemble the balls as shown, going smaller towards the end. Attach the smaller bead to the bottom of the head and press feet in between the sides of the bottoms of the green beads. Then attach the nose, antennae, & use black beads for the eyes. Bake all pieces as directed by manufacturer. Allow to cool