There are phases in life where we are interested in a few things after which they just disappear from our horizon for a long time. I’ve been involved in a lot of stuff like this periodically. I started making crocheted jewellery, tried to sell it and as it didn’t work out, gave up on that and got into making creams. Well, my periodic interest deserve to be in an entirely different post. I’ve to tell you, my latest addiction is polymer clay!
I’ve been fascinated by the variety of earrings and necklaces and show pieces made of polymer clay and appreciated a few sellers personally as I thought they were very innovative in their designs. I was always under the impression that it’s not something I can possibly do. All this jewellery making requires a lot of creative thinking, which I’m sure is not my thing.
Around the end of August, I went to an arts and crafts exhibition with my 6yr old daughter. I was hoping to spend an hour or two in there. But guess what, with all the (free) workshops that were offered and things that were available for purchase and experience, we spent an astonishing 5 hrs in there. This little girl had had a good breakfast, been to her swimming class and did not even ask for her lunch. She was mesmerized to see so many things all at once.
Well, coming to the actual story, after about 2 months, I finally got my hands on the polymer clay that I purchased then. Awesome isn’t it? But that’s me! I buy stuff and hoard them! I’m sure you can relate to this as well.
The original plan was to make something for ‘Navarathri’ as decoration. I was looking up some videos on Youtube and got carried around by the kind of things we could make with the polymer clay. The ideas for polymer clay play food appealed to us the most. We finalized in on a colorful candy on a stick. It looked easy enough that my daughter could do most of it herself.
Here is the step by step tutorial to make polymer clay play food (which turned out to be about more fun. Read on and you will find out why!)
The first step is to pick the colors and roll them into smooth balls. White would have looked brighter maybe, but she wanted silver instead!
My daughter needed help with the next part. The clay has to be rolled out and cut into quarters. Try to keep the balls about the same size. That’s where I failed! If the quarters aren’t the same size and thickness, there is a difference in the way the colors are distributed in the end product. Well, not that it really matters to the children 😉
The third step is to put the quarters together. Keep one color constant (fore.g., White) and the next will be a different color, in no particular order. Kids love to do this part as they can make their own ‘decisions’!
Now, they need some more help. With your thumb and index finger of one hand hold the centre of this flat piece so that all the colors blend in at the centre. With the other hand, hold the piece on the outside and put a slight pressure to make this into a cylinder! Let your children do this to the best of their abilities first. You can help ‘fix’ anything (if need be) after they do their bit.
Here comes the fun part. Let them roll the thick cylinder into a thin one. My daughter was delighted as the cylinder became a ‘snake’. Roll it as thin as you need and cut it if need be!
Now swirl the clay a bit so that it looks more colorful. Once the swirling is done, roll it tight, just like this!
Your candy is almost ready! Bake it in the oven at about 130 deg for about 30 minutes. Or, buy air dry clay which doesn’t require any baking!
This was supposed to be play food, which means, I should have inserted a stick or, at least pierced a hole through to poke in a stick later. But it looked too cute to be used as play food, so I made a hole to use it as a pendant 🙂
I couldn’t stop there. I got carried away and made a few other things too.
The pizza slices will be earrings!
(This post was written by Happy Queen)