Hands On Crafts for Kids
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By Dimples Mucherino


Main supplies:

  • Polyform® Sculpey® clay – white
  • Polyform® Sculpey® glaze
  • Delta Ceramcoat® acrylic paint – yellow, black, red
  • 1” Brass key ring
  • 4-1/2” Length 18 gauge copper wire

    Basics supplies:

  • Fiskars® diagonal cutter
  • Fiskars® needle nose pliers
  • Paint brushes

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!


1. Knead a portion of the white clay and roll into a 1” ball. Press down with palm to form a disk.
2. Form a small ball of clay into the large lower part of the paw. Gently press onto clay disk. Roll four very small balls of clay, flatten slightly and gently press into clay disk above large section of the paw. Insert end of wire, or a toothpick ¼” from the top edge of disk to make a hole.
3. Bake disk on an oven proof glass surface at 275ºF for 15 minutes per ¼” of thickness, with good ventilation. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. Avoid over baking. Let cool.
4. Paint paw print black. Let dry. Paint surrounding area of disk yellow. Let dry. While paint is still wet, dry brush disk with red. Let dry. Apply a coat of gloss glaze. Let dry.
5. Insert one end of wire 1” through hole in disk. Bend end back to form a loop. Insert opposite end of wire through key ring. Bend end back towards center. Wrap end of wire around center covering opposite end of wire. Trim excess with cutters.


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