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.
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How to Make Polymer Clay

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Polymer clay, with its fine texture and bright colors, is enjoyable to work with and is ideal for a variety of craft projects. You can use polymer clay to make sculptures, beads, buttons, Christmas ornaments and more. Homemade polymer clay behaves in much the same way as commercial polymer clay, but it may shrink more. Therefore, experiment with the clay before embarking on a huge project so you know how large to make your shapes.

Recipe

  • To make your own homemade polymer clay, combine the following ingredients in a Teflon-coated pot: 1 cup of white school glue, 1 cup of cornstarch, 2 tbs. of mineral oil and 1 tbs. of lemon juice. Stir constantly as you cook the mixture over low heat for about 10 minutes. The dough will begin to form a ball and pull away from the sides of the pot. Remove the pot from the heat, and allow the dough to cool until you can comfortably handle it. Knead the dough until it has a nice, smooth consistency.

Color

  • Homemade polymer clay is white unless you add color. To add color to your clay, you can add tempura powder to the mixture while you are cooking it. For light or pastel colors, just add a small amount of tempura powder. For bright, bold colors, add more. You can always add more powder as you stir, so start with a small amount of powder and add more as needed.
  • To store homemade polymer clay, place it in an airtight container, such as a plastic food storage container or a zippered plastic bag. Place the clay in a cool, dark place. When you get the clay out to use once again, you will probably have to knead it until it is room temperature before it regains its malleability.

Storage

G8 Unit Project: Medicines Around You

Product: Oral report on a medicinal plant with samples

Subject: Local plants with medicinal uses

Research and Take Notes

Research – Search the Internet, using the key words “medicinal plants” and the name of the region you live in, to identify possible plants to research. You might also use an encyclopedia to research the healing customs of the native peoples in your area.

Take notes – Paraphrase or write note in your own words from the sources you consult. Be specific about what illnesses the plant is used to treat as well as how the medicine is prepared. Find out what is the important compound or active ingredient  in the medicine. If you find a picture of the plant, make a copy or sketch of it. Be sure to not the title, author, publisher, and location of each source.

Collect Samples

Find samples –  If you have access to a plant conservatory or nature museum, seek the aid of an employee to help you find a sample of the plant. Visit a forest a preserve only if you are accompanied by a forest ranger or other adult. If you cannot find any samples of the plant, find as many pictures or make as many sketches as you can of the plant.

Develop Your Report

Look at your information –  Read again all the information you have collected. Decide what information you wish to include in your report.

Plan your visuals – Decide how you will use your visuals. Will you direct attention to any particular parts of the plant? Will you demonstrate how the plant is prepared for use as a medicine? Be sure your visuals can provide the information you wish them to show.

Write a script – Write a script for your report. Read it aloud and revise any parts that sound rough.

Practice Your Report

Practice – Practice your report several times before delivering it. Use a tape recorder so you can listen to how you sound.

Present – You will present your report to the class on Tuesday, 2nd of October 2012.

Rubric

15 points – Content

10 points – Visuals/Samples

20 points – Oral Presentation

5 points – Use of Class Time

Total: 50 points

An additional  of 5 points will be given to outstanding projects.