How to Make Polymer Jewelry

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Polymer clay can be baked in a conventional oven instead of a kiln. This is because polymer clay hardens at a lower temperature than earthen clays, making it an ideal type of clay for children to work with. You can make a variety of different projects using polymer clay, including colorful and artistic jewelry that can be given as handmade gifts to friends and family members.

Things You Will Need:

 –       Polymer Clay

–       Clay Knife

–       Toothpick

 

Instructions:

  • 1 Roll 8 oz. of polymer clay into a 1/2-inch-thick snake. Polymer clay comes in many different colors, or you can select white polymer clay that can be painted after it is baked.
  • 2 Cut the clay snake into 1/2-inch-long pieces using a clay knife.
  • 3 Roll each piece of clay around in your hands to soften it. Mold the clay into the shape you want for each bead.
  • 4 Insert a toothpick into the middle of each bead, then pull out the toothpick to create the bead hole.
  • 5 Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Bake the beads on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Let the beads cool.
  • 6 Cut one 18-inch length and one 8-inch length of elastic string.
  • 7 Thread beads onto both strings, leaving open space on both ends of each string.
  • 8 Tie the ends of the long piece of string together in a knot. This will create the beaded necklace.
  • 9 Tie the ends of the short piece of string together in a knot. This will make the beaded bracelet.

 

Tips & Warnings

  • Use acrylic paint to paint or decorate polymer clay beads after they have been baked.

Frog Dissection Experiment Follow-Up

Biology class is always fun especially when you learn to dissect animals. As a student, this is one of the most exciting experiments they can experience in their life. As a teacher, this will always be fun to teach the kids and make them understand more of the anatomy of humans and animals. Today, we dissected frogs to further understand how magical the body works.

Most of the students who participated got a little scared with the frogs. I know it’s a little cruel to ‘murder’ them but we will never learn how to dissect properly if we will not do it. Also, it’s quite difficult to find formalin preserved animals here in Cambodia, unlike in the Philippines where we can purchase them from specialized shops who caters for needs like this. I also thought of giving them chloroform as a general anesthetic, but I backed out. Jumping frogs make the experiment more exciting, right?

In summary, my students had a wonderful time doing the dissection. Just look how happy Sovannareth as he cut the frog open 🙂

frog dissection

frog dissection

Please watch the video to learn more of my students work and I hope you will enjoy it.

Should you have any question regarding the experiment, please leave a comment below.

School Year 2012-2013

back-to-school

Welcome back students!

I hope summer has been exciting for all of you and that you have had a wonderful time with your family and friends.

September’s back and that only means one thing – it’s school time once again! Hooray! Since we love studying, you can expect more fun and challenging activities in all your subjects. We’re also revamping the activities for science, so make sure to brace yourself to keep up in our fast-paced learning.

To keep my message sweet and short, I’d like to welcome you all in our blog. This is going to be your best friend for the year, where can find extra resources for your subjects. Feel free to comment ans share your thoughts. Remember, CIA First students are encouraged to speak up their opinions, so the best way to to do it is through practice.

As your homeroom teacher, I am looking forward to a wonderful year with you guys! Aja!Image