There is something about balloons in general but balloon animals in specific, that just instantly bring a smile to my face. Growing up one of my aunts worked at a balloon company and used to bring me bags of samples and things like discontinued balloons. Did you know you can make a mattress out of balloons? You can! With slightly thicker balloons and a sleeping bag or two, but I digress. Balloons make me happy and that is what inspired today’s bright colorful tutorial!
- Clay Extruder
- Sculpey Glue
- Razor or X-acto knife
- Necklace (or make your own)
- Eye pin
- Jump ring
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
- Clay-safe surface
Step 1: Condition your clay (roll it around/make it soft and pliable). Choose this round hole option disk for your extruder.
Put your clay in the extruder and make a foot or so of this coil/snake shape.
Step 2: This step is a little picture heavy. When working with clay I sometimes find it easier to show rather than tell.
Step 3: Bend the eye on your eye pin at a 45º angle. Apply some glue to the shaft and pierce through the back of the neck of your balloon animal.
Step 4: Bake your little clay balloon on its side for about 15 min. at the recommended temperature.
Step 5: When it cools down after baking, give it a few coats of mod podge to make it appear shiny like an actual balloon.
Step 6: Attach jump ring to the eye pin and slide the charm on your chain for an adorably fun necklace.
Til Next Time!