Saturday, December 6, 2008

New Clay Bears

Yesterday while doing language lessons and then while reading history to the boys, I made these two little bears. Multitasking at it's finest! Okay, I don't know that I would say that. We've been playing with play-dough since we were little, it's not like it takes a lot of concentration! One of these is for the smallest member of our family and one for another one of the kiddos. Our ornamental bear family is now complete! For this year anyway. No, that's not a hidden announcement.

I used bakers clay. You can find the recipe for this all over the internet but here it is:

2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of salt
3/4 to 1 cup of water

Mix the salt and flour and then add in the water. Knead with hands until smooth. Last time I baked the little bear but since these guys are a little chubby, his back cracked in the baking. FYI, I understand that less chunky pieces won't crack. I read that you can also just allow them to air dry over a few days. I'm going to try that this time and see how that goes. I'll paint them in a few days.

The kids really love playing with this stuff, too. I think we may make some ornaments by rolling it out flat and cutting it with cookie cutters, let the kids paint them and give them to adoring grandparents.


mamazee said...

So cute, Kelly! i wish my playdough creations looked this cute - i'm really good at making snakes :)

Bona Fide Mama said...

Hi! I found your blog through the Above Rubies group! I love the bears! They are wonderful. Feel free to visit my blog!

mamazee said...

um, so now i found the pictures again and i still can't figure out how you made them... how 'bout a step by step tutorial... you know, in your FREE TIME :)