Model Magic

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Model Magic
Total Time weekend projects Ages preschooler

Three projects that take advantage of simple, broad strokes, and the result is colorful, cartoonish sculpture. Plus, it's neither greasy nor smelly, and you don't need to bake it!

What you'll need

  • Model Magic in various colors
  • Rolling pin
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum can, rinsed, label and one end removed

How to make it

  1. To make the bookmark: Roll a piece of Model Magic into a rectangle about a third of the size you'd like your finished bookmark to be and about 1/2 inch thick. Judge your thicknesses accordingly.

  2. To make letters, roll a contrasting color of Model Magic into ropes, form them into letters, and press them lightly onto the rectangle. To make figures and decorations, shape small balls of Model Magic into the approximate shapes you want and press them in place. Bear in mind that they will spread when flattened.

  3. Once all of your elements are in place, use a rolling pin to evenly flatten the design until it's about 1/8 inch thick. Trim the bookmark to its final shape, then set it on a flat surface and allow it to dry overnight.

  4. To make the 3-D nameplate: Simply shape each letter of your name and stick them together side by side. Decorate the letters with more bits and pieces of Model Magic, then allow your sculpture to dry overnight.

  5. To make the pencil holder: Flatten a piece of Model Magic into a rectangle that is approximately 1/2 inch longer than the circumference of the aluminum can, with a width equal to the height of the can. Decorate it with ropes, dots, and other shapes of Model Magic in contrasting colors, then flatten further, pressing the designs into the background.

  6. Wrap the flattened clay around the can, pressing the overlapping ends together and trimming any excess from the top and bottom. Cover the top rim of the can with a thin rope of Model Magic and allow the holder to dry overnight.

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