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Designs by Samantha McNesby

Materials Each Design

  • Paintbrush
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Toothpick

Mini Pot

  • 2" terra-cotta flowerpot
  • Sculpey III polymer clay: bright green, bright pink, black, white
  • Acrylic paints: bright yellow, bright pink, bright orange, white

Pot With Lid

  • 4" terra-cotta flowerpot with saucer
  • 1" wooden ball knob
  • 1" wooden disk
  • Sculpey III polymer clay: bright yellow, hot pink, black, white
  • Acrylic paints: bright yellow, bright pink, bright orange, white
  • Bright pink dimensional fabric paint
  • Foam brush
  • Cotton-tip swab
  • Thick craft glue
  • Square toothpick or fork

Project Notes
Refer to photo throughout. Let all coats of paint and glue dry between applications unless otherwise instructed.
Condition polymer clay before forming shapes by kneading it with your fingers until it is soft and pliable. Clean your hands often, especially when changing colors, to keep from contaminating one color with another.
Follow manufacturer's instructions for baking clay in oven.

Mini Pot

1. Paint pot white on all surfaces.
2. Paint interior of pot bright pink; paint rim bright orange; paint remainder of pot's exterior bright yellow.
3. Lizard: Roll 1" ball of bright green clay and form into a 3"-long snake, tapering one end to make tail. Pinch in about 1/2" from other end to form head. Press body onto side of pot, allowing the head to peek in over the edge. Roll four thin 3/4"-long snakes for legs; attach legs to body by pressing them into place and smoothing out seams.
4. Spots & Eyes: Roll two 1/8" balls of white; press lightly to attach them to head. Roll two slightly smaller balls of black and press onto whites, allowing some white to show around black. Roll 17 (1/8") balls of bright pink clay and press onto lizard's back.
5. Bake entire pot and lizard on foil-covered baking sheet. Let cool completely.
6. Using toothpick dipped in white paint, add tiny highlight dot to pupil of each eye.

Variations
Purple Lizard: Paint interior of pot bright yellow, rim bright green and remainder of pot bright turquoise. Form lizard from purple polymer clay and add dots of royal blue clay.
Blue Lizard: Paint interior of pot bright turquoise, rim bright pink and remainder of pot bright green. Form lizard from royal blue polymer clay and add dots of light blue clay.

Pot With Lid

Painting

1. Paint all terra-cotta and wooden surfaces white using foam brush.
2. Paint pot: Paint interior bright pink; paint rim bright yellow; paint remainder of pot's exterior bright orange.
3. Paint lid (saucer): Paint interior of terra-cotta saucer bright yellow; paint rim and center bottom circle of saucer bright pink; paint remainder of saucer bright orange.
4. Paint handle: Paint ball knob bright yellow and wooden disk bright orange.

Modeling

1. Lizard: Roll 1 1/2" ball of bright yellow clay and form into a 4"-long snake, tapering one end to make tail. Pinch in about 1" from other end to form head. Press body onto side of pot. Roll four slender 1"-long snakes from bright yellow clay for legs; attach legs to body by pressing them into place and smoothing seams.
2. Eyes: Roll two 1/4" balls of white; press lightly to attach them to head. Roll two 1/8" balls of black and press onto whites, allowing some of white to show around black.
3. Bug: Roll two 1/2" balls of bright yellow clay for head and body; flatten each slightly. Roll two 3/8" balls of bright pink clay for wings; flatten and add crosshatching lines by pressing square toothpick or tine of fork lightly into surface. Press body onto surface of lid; press wings on top of body, positioning them off to sides slightly; press head over tips of wings. Add eyes to bug as in step 2, making them slightly smaller.

Baking & Finishing

1. Bake pot and lid on foil-covered baking sheet as directed. Let cool completely before handling.
2. Using cotton-tip swab dipped in bright yellow paint, add spots randomly to orange surface of pot. Using small brush, paint vertical bright yellow stripes on bright pink rim of lid.
3. Using bright pink dimensional paint throughout, add a spot atop each yellow dot; add spots to lizard, and dots at ends of legs for toes; add spots to surface of yellow ball knob.
4. Using toothpick dipped in white paint, add tiny highlight dot to pupil of each eye.
5. Glue orange disk to center of lid; glue yellow ball knob in center of orange disk. Let glue cure completely before handling.

Variations

Blue Lizard
Paint interior of pot bright turquoise, rim royal blue and remainder of pot lime green. Paint interior of lid bright green, center bottom circle royal blue, rim in stripes of lime green and royal blue, bottom center circle with royal blue, and remainder of lid bright turquoise.
Substitute wooden star cutout for disk; paint star lime green and ball knob bright turquoise.
Form lizard from turquoise polymer clay; form bug using neon green for body, royal blue for wings and turquoise for head.
After baking, use cotton swab to dot pot with turquoise glitter paint; top with dots of bright green dimensional paint. Use bright green dimensional paint to add spots and toes to lizard and spots to ball knob.

Pink Lizard
Paint interior of pot bright pink, rim bright green and remainder of pot bright yellow. Paint interior of lid bright yellow, center bottom circle bright green, rim in stripes of lime green and bright yellow, and remainder of lid bright pink. Paint disk bright yellow and ball knob bright pink. Form lizard from hot pink polymer clay; form bug using bright yellow for body, neon green for wings and hot pink for head. After baking, use cotton swab to dot pot with bright pink paint; top with dots of bright green dimensional paint. Use bright green dimensional paint to add spots and toes to lizard and spots to ball knob.

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