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Posted on November 30, 2012 in Tutorials by Katie Oskin
There aren’t many people who don’t like snowmen…unless you live in the tropics where snowmen do not exist because…well, they melt. But for those of us who live in areas with four seasons, we are blessed to have the ability to make snowmen when those gorgeous white flakes arrive. Every year I anticipate the coming of the snow, making of snow angels, and building the cutest snowmen in our country acre. But there’s always something missing…in my head, a snowman’s eyes tell his story. Well, for clayers and crafters, here’s a great weekend project for you. A DIY Snowman Kit. Perfect for Christmas gift exchanges this year.
My project challenge for my readers this weekend is an awesome project I recently found on Pinterest from the Sometimes Creative Blog. This is not a self created project, and the original author of the post says a lady from her church taught this project at a church craft session. How cool is that?
Time estimates include conditioning of clay & baking time. Supply costs are for all 6 colors of clay, dowel rods, & TLS.
Polymer Clay DIY Snowman Kit Weekend Challenge on my Blog Today ow.ly/fHrBs Time to make: One Hour – Total Cost: Less than $20
— Kater’s Acres (@katersacres) November 30, 2012
Properly conditioned clay is smooth and does not crumble or break when bent. This means kneading with your hands, running through a pasta machine, or use a brayer or acrylic rod to condition the clay. Please know that improperly conditioned clay will be brittle and can crack or break when baked.
Shape coal nuggets for the mouth of the snowman. You can make as many coal nuggets as you would like. I made three nuggets for my snowman kits, but you can make 5 or 7. I prefer odd numbers as then there’s always a clay lump in the middle of the mouth.
You can make any clay color buttons you wish. For this snowman kit, I chose red buttons. Remember, for an outdoor decoration the simpler the “buttons” the better.
Make a long, rough, and nicely textured “carrot” for the nose of your snowman. If you would like, you can use acrylic paint to add an “ages” or “dirty” look to the carrot. In my snowman kit above, I left the clay natural and not painted. I wanted my snowman to have a whimsical and cute look.
The eyes will take the longest time, choose to make them in whatever color combinations that you would like. For my eyes, I embedded black with blue centers on white clay. I added translucent clay in a “smooshed” crescent shape for that “glisten” that all snowmen have in their eyes.
The final step for these cuties is to embed dowel rods into the BACKS of the pieces so that they can be easily smooshed into the clay. To do this, add a couple drops of TLS to the dowel rod and then smoosh it into the back of the piece.
Depending on the type of polymer clay you purchased, different clays require different baking times. Read the directions and follow them, precisely. Be careful not to burn the clay or the undercook your clay. Burned clay released toxic fumes. Undercooked clay is brittle and will easily baked.
The best and final part is to take your awesome DIY Snowman Kit and package it nice and cute. Add some mittens & a scarf from the dollar store and you have an awesome gift idea for a child or family in your gift giving exchange this year. After all, there’s nothing that speaks more than a gift you’ve created for someone you love with you heart.
Thanks for joining me today,