This year mother nature was the typical woman that just couldn't seem to make up her mind. Winter, summer, snow, rain, and it finally took it's toll on me and this past week I've spent in bed with the flu. I figured I would revisit a previous post from 2012 that you might have missed. Recycling is one of my favorite crafts, and this one is practically free and makes a great Easter party favor.
Note: You can also try substituting the twisted paper with textured or printed scrapbook paper and chenille stem handles.
I remember way back when I was a kid my mother
always had the book "The Power of Positive thinking" by Norman
Vincent Peale sitting on her bedside table. She’d read it often and many
times quote passages.
This past weekend I was feeling the pressures of daily life and mulling
over those ever-present to-do lists. Tiredness finally caught up with me and I
had to catch myself. As I lay wide awake in bed mulling over my tomorrows I
remembered a quote my mother often repeated from her favorite book. "Don't
take tomorrow to bed with you." In other words, live for the day.
Funny but it is just as relevant today as when it was way back then.
Enjoy this printable and when you have a rough patch at work, life or health
you will have some words to remind you not to worry about tomorrow and just
enjoy the day.
I recently received a package
of clay tools, shape cutters, texture sheets and a sampler pack of oven bake
clay from Sculpey for the
tutorial exchange held on Totally tutorials --thanks Kym! Check
out www.sculpey.com for
more fun projects with clay, and be sure to check out Totally tutorials for tons of tutorials of all kinds!
The sitting Mallard duck is
quick and easy and looks great on a mantle, shelf or table with his legs
hanging over the sides. Make more than one and you can have all your
ducks in a row! (I couldn't resist)
You will need:
Sculpey oven baked clay in
Green, beige, white, yellow, brown, gray, lt. blue, and optional black
1.Gather your supplies. Download the pattern for the beak, breast and
wings.Cover your work surface with
2.Make the duck body.Mix a block of white and beige clay
together.Knead with your hands to
condition.You will end up with about a 2-inch slightly
varicolored ball of clay.As you roll
the clay in your hands put a little pressure on one end to form a slight
point. (Neck area) Flatten the opposite end for the
3.Break a toothpick in half and insert into the
neck area.This will secure the
head.To make the head condition and
roll some green clay into a 1-inch ball. Put pressure on one end slightly to
narrow the neck area slightly. (See photo) and insert onto the body.
4.Trace the breast pattern onto a piece of paper
and cut out.Place it on some thinly
rolled out brown clay and using an X-acto knife, cut it out.Press onto the front of the body with your
5.Using the pointed tool make two deep holes in
the body front under the breast. (This will be where you insert the cord for
6.Trace and cut out the pattern for the
wings.Roll out some gray clay thinly
and use the pattern to cut out two wings.Place a wing on the side of the body and bring the ends to the front and
press in place.Repeat for the opposite
side. (See photo)
7.Make a thin snake from a tiny amount of brown
clay by rolling on your work surface.Press onto the bottom tips of the wings on each side and cut off the
excess.Repeat this step with some lt.
blue clay. Use the needle tool to press in lines on each wing tip.(See photos) While you have the needle tool
press some downward facing lines on the breast as well.
8.Cut out the beak pattern and roll out some
yellow clay a bit thicker than you did for the other pieces.Cut out two.Using a ¾” piece of a toothpick lay it on one beak piece and then press
the other piece on top leaving a small bit of toothpick exposed. (Basically you are sandwiching the toothpick between to beak pieces) Use a pointed end of a clay tool to press in
two indentations in the beak. Carefully insert into the head. (It may be easier
to make pilot hole in the head with the needle tool)Use the blunt end of a clay tool to press all
around the area where the beak is attached to the head.
9.For the feet, roll a piece of yellow clay into a
½” ball.Flatten slightly with your
fingers and shape one end into a rounded point.Use the pointed end of a clay tool to make three indentations (webbed
foot) then use the same tool to drill a hole all the way through the foot.Repeat for the second foot.Each foot will be ¼” in thickness.
out a piece of white clay thinly and cut into a 1/8” wide flat strip.Attach around the neck and press to secure.
the pointed tool to press in two E size seed beads on each side for eyes.Use the needle tool to make three lines by
each eye.(See photo)
step:Roll out some black clay very
thin and using the leaf cutter cut out three shapes.Turn the duck to the back and attach to the
bottom to represent tail feathers.
a baking sheet with aluminum foil and bake the body and feet in a pre-heated 275-degree
oven for 15 minutes per thickness. (About 45 minutes)Do not over bake.Do not use a microwave oven.After the pieces have cooled, brush on a thin
coat of Sculpey gloss glaze and let dry.
two pieces of tan cord or thick yarn 5 inches each.Use a dab of glue on the ends to stop fraying
if necessary.Thread one end of the cord
through the hole in a foot and knot it to secure.Repeat with the second cord and other foot.Dab a bit of glue in a hole in the body and using
the blunt end of a broken toothpick push the opposite end of a foot with the cord
into the body, and repeat for second foot.Let dry.
Note: I made him as a Mallard but you can easily make him in any color. And wouldn't he look cute with his legs hanging over the side of an Easter basket?