Sunday, September 7, 2008

Kids Crafts_Make a Polymer Clay Lion Face

Polymer Clay Lion Face Completed Look
This is a fun craft you can do with the kids!

You can make a lion face out of Polymer Clay.

Below are the materials you will need and the basic instructions.
If you have any questions, please E-mail Me and I will try to help you. :)

Lion Face
Sculpey III® polymer clay -- one package of each of the following colors:
Beige, Copper,
A small amount of each of these: Black and Terra Cotta
Sculpting Tools (play dough tools work fine, or even plastic cutlery)
Optional: pasta machine (Note: After a pasta machine has been used to condition clay, it cannot be used in food preparation.)
Rolling pin or a jar would work in a pinch
Garlic press (Note: Do not use in food preparation after processing clay.)
Aluminum-foil-covered cookie sheet
Paper towels for wiping hands

Condition all clay by running the colors through a pasta machine on the lowest
setting. Or knead by hand until soft and pliable.

Roll out the beige clay to 1/8" thickness. Use the sculpting tool to cut out a
head in the shape of a flat balloon.

Make two 1/2" eyeballs from beige clay. Place together about 1/2" down from the top. Use a pencil eraser to indent the clay for pupils. Make much smaller balls from black clay. Slighpieces of the Lion face in polymer claytly flatten the balls with your finger. Fill the indentations with black-clay pupils.

Form the nose by making a triangle-shaped log. Cover the front of the nose
with a small piece of terra-cotta clay. Insert the end of the nose just under
and between the eyes.

Cut two small triangles of beige clay for ears. Mold and curve them to form ear shells. Attach them to the top of the head so they are sticking up somewhat.

Use a toothpick to cut a smiling mouth in the face. If you want, attach a piece of rolled out black clay to the back, so that you have a backing for the open mouth.
polymer clay being squeezed through a garlic press
Squeeze copper clay through a garlic press. Arrange strands of clay around
the lion's head to form a mane. Remember to tuck some under and behind the ears. Press firmly to the clay head. Use tip of toothpick to press down if necessary to make clay stick to each other.

Place on a foil-covered cookie sheet, and bake at 265 degrees for 20 minutes.
Let Cool.

VOILA~ You have a nice lion head that you made yourself.


A good work surface for kids is a cutting board wrapped with freezer paper, shiny side up. The clay won't stick to this, and it keeps the cutting board clean. Or you can use those disposable cutting mats that are for sale in the dollar store, they are plastic and good for crafts.

Rolling pins are fine for creating sheets of clay. Remember: Do not use any utensil for food preparation once it has been used to process clay. Keep them dedicated for clay use.

Remember to wash hands after using polymer clay. Never put clay or unwashed clay hands in mouth....parents, watch for this!

If you don't want to use the clay that you have to bake in the oven....there is "air dry" clay that can be used for this project. I'm not sure if it comes in the variety of colors that Sculpey does, but it can always be painted once dry!

**This was taken from an idea on the DIY network. They made a huge pendant from this face. I can't see making a pendant, but a nice keepsake. The photos are courtesy of thier project, the instructions are embelished to my needs.

From now on, I will list crafts with my own pictures and instructions, so there is no confusion. :)

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Witch Woman,  September 8, 2008 at 9:01 PM  

That's so cute! Me and the kids are going to do this one on the weekend!

KAT September 9, 2008 at 7:45 AM  

I hope you enjoy it!
If you need any help, let me know.

Sandee (Comedy +) September 10, 2008 at 7:18 PM  

These are cute. Another crafty blogger. I don't think I have a crafty bone in my body. Thanks for you visit. I've added you to my follow too. Thanks. :)

CB September 13, 2008 at 3:49 AM  

I love polymer clay, in fact thats what my blog is all about haha. I generally use fimo soft, but scuplty is easier to paint on. :)

KAT September 13, 2008 at 10:50 AM  

Thanks, there will be more to come....

I usually use a combination of the 3 kinds of clay, fimo, sculpey and primo. I prefer sculpey for the easiness of it, but the other 2 are a better quality.
Just mho.

Anonymous,  September 13, 2008 at 8:45 PM  

Well, one day whenever i decide to have children, i will remember your site, becuase these designs are pretty good!

ericat September 14, 2008 at 12:14 PM  

That is the best part of the www. All the information. Even I can do it with so much help from you. A person needs that artistic insight but it is easy enough to make with your instructions.

KAT September 14, 2008 at 2:24 PM  

Thank you both....
I try to write easy instructions, because I learn better from watching and doing than from someone just telling me.
If you think I should put more detail, let me know. :)

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