Clay Witch Craft
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Fimo® Classic polymer clay: 4 colors, plus black, white
- 2 seed beads
- Acrylic paint: red and burnt sienna
- Clay-compatible glaze
- Clay conditioning machine or acrylic roller
- Sharp blade
- Needle tool
- Circle cutters or cardstock templates
- Conventional or craft oven
1. BODY: Roll out a fat log of one color of clay 1" in diameter and 1 3/4" long. Roll out black clay on the largest setting. Cut out a 1 3/4" or 2" circle. Center the body on top of the black circle.
2. COLLAR: For a one-color collar, choose a different color than for the body. Roll it out on the largest setting of the conditioning machine. Cut a 1 1/4" circle from this sheet. Add tiny contrasting color dots around the edge of the collar and place collar on top of the body. Option: Make a multi-color collar using 3 or 4 colors of clay.
3. HEAD: Roll out a smooth white ball 1" in diameter. With a needle tool, draw the mouth, and make a small hole for the nose and eyes. Press a seed bead firmly into each eye hole. Make a very small teardrop of white clay for the nose and press the pointed end into the nose hole.
4. NECK: Make a small hole on the bottom of the head. Roll out a small white teardrop shape for the neck. Fit the small end of the neck into the hole in the neck. Press the head and neck down firmly on top of the collar.
5. HAIR: Choose two contrasting colors of clay. Roll both into a sheet on the largest setting of conditioning machine. Place one sheet on top of the other. Run these through the conditioning machine on the 2nd largest setting. Cut strips of this sheet into several 1 1/4"x1" lengths. Use a sharp blade to cut these small sheets into 1/16" strips but don't cut all the way through to the top. Leave a small area to hold the pieces together. Twist all the strips into hair curls for the witch. Use the uncut top portion of the strip to press and fasten the curls.
6. SLEEVES AND HANDS: Using the same color as the body, roll out two logs 1 1/2"x3/4". Flatten one end slightly. Make a hole on the other end into which the hands will fit. Bend the piece a little for an elbow shape. Use white clay to shape the hands or use a small mold with some wrist area to fit into the hole in the sleeve. Push the hands into the sleeves. Snug the sleeves around the wrists. Press the other end of the sleeves firmly onto the top sides of the body.
7. HAT: For the hat brim, roll out the clay on the largest setting, cut a 2" circle. For the top of the hat, form a long teardrop shape. Press the wide area of the teardrop firmly onto the top of the brim. Curl the top of the hat slightly. Use thumb pressure on the bottom of the hat to hollow out the inside to fit the witches head. Press the hat firmly onto the head. Decorate the brim.