Grade One started these plates a month ago....Christmas is a busy time with the kiln. With all the projects needing to be completed I have to make sure I schedule it right.
We start off rolling out a slice of clay...we want it to be about 1/2 inch thick.
We place a lunch sized paper plate on the clay and using a skewer cut out our plate shape.
You'll notice I covered the paper plate with plastic wrap....this just ensures it doesn't stick. I'll remove it in a few days and place the clay plate back in the paper plate until it is fully dry.
Lift up your clay and place in the paper plate. Using a bit of water smooth your edge so it isn't jagged or sharp.
They then rolled a snake shape to create their manger. We did the roof first and then added the sides.
I always tell the kids "scratch, scratch..water, water" to get them to remember the have to score the surfaces they want to stick together as well as add a bit of water.
Once the manger was created they worked on Mary and Joseph. I had them cut a body shape and a head out of rolled out clay with the skewer.
I find skewers work the best for cutting shapes...the kids have more control than with plastic tools.
You need to make a cradle, just a little banana or crescent moon shape as well as a little baby Jesus.
Then using small cookie cutters we made a star shape for the top of our manger.
To attach just scratch the area where you want the hay/hair to go and add a touch of water...you can't really scratch the hay/hair itself.
Let it dry for approximately 2 weeks to ensure a good result in the bisque fire.
Here are some of the Nativity's the Grade Ones completed.
The sweetest little plates and a special Christmas ornament for years to come. Loved this!ReplyDelete
I love those - and I bet you could do something similar with salt dough, if you didn't have access to a kiln.ReplyDelete
I wanted to thank you too for your post on the advent calendar. I ended up making something different, less labour intensive, but I used your tip of putting clues in the boxes so that the kids could search for their treats. It's fabulous. It's a lot more fun for them, it's encouraging my 6 year old to read, and I have a lot more scope as to what the treaties can be. You're a genius!
Wow, those are really beautiful. LOVE it.ReplyDelete
Love these! I featured this idea over on my blog today! :-)ReplyDelete
I keep coming back to this project because it is so great. I was wondering if it would be ok for me to do the project with my class? drawpaintandcut.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Hey Brittney, feel free to do the project, If you blog about it a link would be greatly appreciated!!ReplyDelete