PAPERCLAY® FISH ORNAMENTS
Level: Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: 3 and up | Age: 8 yrs and up | Written by: Creative Paperclay® Company
Paperclay is a wonderful modeling material that you and your kinderartists will love working with. It is easy to use, non-toxic and it air-dries without the need for ovens or kilns. Here's how to make a paper clay fish.
What You Need:
What You Do:
- Creative Paperclay®
- Waxed Paper Or A Sandwich Bag
- An X-ACTO® Knife or Popsicle Stick for the younger ones
- Acrylic Paints
- Paint Brush
- Rolling Pin
- Glue and Water Mixture in a spray bottle (80% water 20% glue)
- Paper Clip
- Drawing paper and pencils
- Sequins or other small found objects
- Paperclay Tips
- Talk about the ocean and discuss the kinds of fish and mammals who live there.
- If possible, look at books and poster that show pictures of the undersea world.
- Your students can then draw out some designs based on what they have learned.
- These designs should then be cut out of the paper to be used as a template.
- Roll out the Paperclay® between two sheets of waxed paper or plastic from a sandwich bag with the rolling pin until it's 1/8" thick.
- Peel back the waxed paper or plastic.
- Place the fish patterns that have been drawn and cut out on top of the flattened Paperclay® and cut out Paperclay® fish with an X-ACTO® knife or popsicle stick.
- Peel off fish pattern.
- Smooth the rough edges with a wet finger or a paint brush and a drop of water.
- Push a paper clip into the top of the moist Paperclay® fish. This is so you can hang your fish later on.
- Let the paperclay dry a day or so. You can speed up the process by putting it in an oven for about 30 minutes at 250 degrees, or by placing them in direct sunlight.
- Be sure to turn them over after they're half dry so both sides dry evenly.
- Paint as desired.
- After the paint dries, spray with an 80% water, 20% glue solution. You could also use a spray varnish but the glue and water mix is far less toxic.
- Rhinestones or other found objects can be glued on to the fish after the glue dries to make them sparkle.
- After all is dry, hang the fish from the ceiling or in front of a window.
Creative Paperclay® Company
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