Suncatcher Clay Casting Project
#266 – Sunface Suncatcher
Clay Casting Project

Turn the kids loose with beads and clay
for a FUN day of crafting!





#266 – Sunface

 
 


         
Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp each:
#266 – Sunface    OR    #1006 – Sunface
Clay - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white
1 clay casting* #266 – Sunface    OR    #1006 – Sunface (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
Sandpaper or emery board
Toothpicks
Scissors
Acrylic primer (optional)
Acrylic paints (optional)
Tacky glue
Gold glitter (fine)
4 dozen (approx.) pony beads: red, green, yellow, blue, clear (or your choice of colors)
1 yard gold cord for beading (from craft store)


*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours.

Note: You can substitute Import design #1006 – Sunface for Heirloom design #266 (pictured).

      

Instructions:

1.  While clay is still wet, use a knife to trim 1/8” around the sunface’s rays. Then carefully texture the clay around the rays using a toothpick (see photo).
2. Using the tip of a knife or a toothpick, open the mouth to give the sunface a smile. Use toothpick to poke one hole in the top and three holes at the bottom of the casting (see How to Make a Hole). Let sunface dry.

3. Roll out slab of clay 1/8” to 1/4” thick. Use our patterns for the moon and stars (print them out, then cut out with scissors). Then use toothpick to lightly draw the moon and 9 stars (1 large, 6 medium, and 2 small stars) and cut out shapes with a sharp knife (or use a set of cookie cutters of varying sizes and shapes as you desire).

                                              


Adjust sizes of cut-outs to your liking using a computer or copier,
or use cookie cutters in varying sizes and shapes.


4. While still wet, press jewels into the moon and star cut-outs. Note: If you prefer, jewels can be glued on after clay dries. Caution: Do NOT put jeweled castings into oven to speed up drying process.

5.  Use toothpick to poke holes for hanging the stars and moon.  Note:  Bottom stars (2 small, 1 medium) need only 1 hole in top. All other cut-outs need 1 hole in top and 1 in bottom. Let cut-outs dry.

6. Sand rough edges of sunface, stars, and moon cut-outs.

7. Optional: Apply a coat of primer and let dry. Then paint cut-outs as desired. Note: We chose not to use primer or paint.

8. Apply a coating of glue along edges of cut-outs and sprinkle on glitter. Tap off excess and let dry.

9. Optional: Apply glue and glitter to backs of cut-outs. Let dry.

10. Strand 1:  Double over a strand of gold cord, take the loop end and poke it through bottom star (small), then bring the 2 ends back through the lop to secure it to the star. String 3 beads as shown, then poke 1 strand of cord through the bottom of a medium star, tie a know with the 2nd strand, and tie a knot. Glue knot for permanence and cut off extra cord. Continue in this manner adding more beads and 1 more medium star, until you tie the strand off at the left-hand hole in the bottom of the sunface.

11. Strand 2:  Repeat Strand 1 using 2 mediums stars and the moon (as shown).

12. Strand 3:  Repeat Strand 1 using 1 small and 2 medium stars.

13. Add a 4th strand beginning from the top of the sunface and ending with the large star. When you loop the cord through the top of the star, leave enough cord to tie a large loop for a hanger.


This clay casting project is featured along with dozens of others
in our book The Art of Clay Casting, which includes basic paper casting
instructions, techniques for special effects, and a glossary of terms.
 
Project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR