we created not one but two amazing gifts for the mommies this past mothers day. the first was the mosaic vase, which was age appropriate for the 3-4 year olds, and the second were these sweet thumbprint necklaces.
i love the simplicity of s single thumbprint in clay.
- Sculpey oven-bake clay [we used a pearly silver]
- rolling pin [i used a Wilton Fondant Roller that’s only used for crafts, not food]
- shape cutter [we used a leaf shape]
- a tool to poke a hole for the hemp
- Sculpey Gloss Glaze
- brush to apply the glaze
- cotton cord
- wax paper
the hardest step is conditioning the clay, which isn’t really that hard, it just takes some warming with your hands, rolling, just go back to your play doe days. the older kids can roll their own clay into balls.
- once the clay is softened/conditioned, use the roller to evenly flatten your clay. the fondant roller makes it so simple because of the purple and pink ring you see in the photo. they help create a perfectly smooth, uniformed layer of clay.
- use a cutter to cut your shape, remove excess clay, and have the kids press their thumb gently into the clay, leaving their thumbprint behind.
- when using Sculpey bake your clay for 15 minutes at 275°, let cool.
- have the older kids paint their glaze on the front, let dry, and then the back.
- once dry add your cotton cord and a decorative bead and tie.
now you have one awesome gift!
these are not only great for mommies, but grandmas, family or friends. can be adapted to be a party favor or a DIY party craft, just omit the fingerprint and use rubber stamps to stamp designs into your shape.