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April 3rd, 2012

Easter Basket Treasures (04)

When Livi graduated from Play-Doh we introduced her to Sculpey, a type of polymer clay that can be molded and put into a conventional oven to harden (as opposed to typical modeling clays which require a kiln). The great thing about it is that unlike Play-Doh, it doesn’t break up once it dries, so it’s more permanent and appealing to young artists who hate to see their creations fall apart. It also comes in many colors, but it can also be painted once fired. The flip side? Until it is baked, Sculpey has a consistency somewhat like Plasticine, so it can be tough for little hands to mold it into a malleable consistency. Which is where you come in! In between your tasks to soften the clay for youngsters, make your own work-of-art! The options are endless but I’m including a few highlights from the home gallery. You can find Sculpey at Michaels or check your local arts and crafts store.

Tired of coloring eggs, only to see your artwork get eaten? I love the idea of adding to the collection every year. This also might be a good thing for me to start with, since I’m usually intimidated by 3-D crafting!

If I master the egg, then maybe I’ll move on to pumpkins in the fall!

We love birds in our family, so these guys are some of my favorites.

Love the curly elements on these guys!

Who needs to replicate real-life when you have an imagination full of creatures like this? Hubby Brian has a real knack for this! It’s always fun to see what he creates.

The details on these are amazing. Love the wool roving used for hair!

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