Once in awhile, I play with Sculpey or Fimo ... usually to make beads or buttons for specific projects when I can't buy what I envision ... and I always keep whatever polymer clay scraps that are left in small ziplock bags. Now that Little Madam C is old enough (6 1/2) to NOT eat play dough, we can use those scraps to make cool stuff. Even Baby Brother B (3 1/2) is relatively safe with non-edible craft materials ... so long as I keep a very close eye on him! A bunch of those Sculpey scraps went into these HEARTS ...
... quite fun! We rolled out small "ropes" of different colours and thicknesses then loosely braided several ropes together. Next, we "smooshed" the braids into globs, rolled the globs into nice round balls, then flattened the balls out and cut heart shapes out of the flattened Sculpey. Each "braid" had different combinations, so each heart was unique.
I baked the hearts after the kids left last weekend, then last night, we finished the hearts with Sculpey Glaze and brooch pins, and this morning packaged them with pretty red tissue paper and ribbons for Valentine's gifts for the kids' family members. A very satisfactory craft project for everyone!
I received a cooking lesson from Little Madam C this morning before they departed for home ... HOW TO MAKE PERFECT BUTTERED EGGS. She is really becoming "grown up" now (at 6 1/2!), so we documented the process so I could share this very important lesson in breakfast preparation with my friends.
It's been really foggy here most mornings this past while.