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by Barb Zimmerman


Picture your favorite American in an easy to make clay frame


You will need:

  • 2oz. Each oven bake clay - red, white, blue
  • 2 Wood stars
  • Acrylic paint - white
  • Clear plastic page protector
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Plastic knife


1. Paint wood stars white. Set aside to dry.
2. Knead one package of blue clay until soft and smooth. Divide the clay into fourths. Roll out each piece on a flat surface into 3½” long ropes. Twist two pieces together. Repeat with remaining two pieces. Lay both twisted pieces of clay side by side on a flat surface. Gently press together.
3. Knead one package of red clay until soft and smooth. Roll out two lengths of clay into 5” long ropes. Roll one more length into a 3” long rope. Cut the 3” long rope in half.
4. Repeat step 3 for one package of white clay.
5. To assemble flag; lay the tip of one 5” long white rope against the twisted blue clay, pressing the end in slightly to the blue clay. Next, lay the tip of one 5” long red rope along side the white rope. Then lay the short ropes along the outer edge of the frame, lining up the outside tips of the ropes. The last two rows of the frame will be the remaining two 5” long ropes; one white, one red.
6. Place flag on an oven proof glass surface at 275°F for 15 minutes per ¼” of thickness, with good ventilation. DO NOT USE A MICROWAVE OVEN. Avoid over baking. Let cool.
7. Glue two wood stars on top of blue section.
8. You will have approximately a 2” x 3½” opening in the flag for a photo. Measure and cut a 2½” x 4” piece of clear plastic. Measure and cut a 3” x 5” piece of cardboard.
9. Apply a small bead of glue along two sides and bottom edge of cardboard. Apply to back of frame. Let dry. Slide a photo along with the piece of clear plastic in between frame and cardboard.

Polyform® Sculpey lll Polymer Clay; Delta Ceramcoat® Acrylic Paint; Fiskars® Scissors, Ruler; Beacon™ Kids Choice Glue™

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