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Precious Children's Hand Magnets

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Preserve those little prints and organize your fridge all in one project with these Precious Children's Hand Magnets. These clay projects for kids are perfect if you've been wondering what to make with clay. These magnets are easy to make, and they're personalized magnets that Mom and Dad will cherish forever. This polymer clay tutorial is easier than you might think, so what are you waiting for? Grab an adult and start making these Precious Children’s Hand Magnets!

Precious Children's Hand Magnets

Materials:

  • Premo! Accents: Purple Pearl - 2 oz
  • Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Sculpey® Super Slicer
  • Sculpey® Texture Maker – Alligator Pattern
  • Sculpey® Texture Maker – Swirls Pattern
  • 2 Disc magnets
  • Paper towels
  • Alphabet stamps
  • Signo Uniball Broad White gel pen
  • E6000 glue

Instructions:

Note: Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130°C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.

1. Begin by preheating oven to 275°F (130 °C). 

2. On the back of a cereal box, trace your child’s hand. Cut out traced image with scissors.

Precious Children's Hand Magnets

3. Condition and roll out a sheet of Premo! (any color) between 1/4” and 1/8 “ thick. If using the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine, use the thickest setting.

Precious Children's Hand Magnets

4. Place the cardboard hand on top of the clay, and using the corner of a Sculpey Super Slicer, cut the clay out around the cardboard template.

Precious Children's Hand Magnets

5. Look carefully at the clay hand, and using a Sculpey Super Slicer clean up any rough edges or cuts. Smooth with your fingers.

Precious Children's Hand Magnets

6. Lightly dampen a Sculpey Texture Maker sheet with a moist paper towel. Press firmly down onto clay hand. Burnish back of texture sheet firmly to make a good impression. Lift gently to reveal texture on clay hand.

Precious Children's Hand Magnets

7. Using alphabet stamps, press child’s name into clay hand. Bake according to directions above.

Precious Children's Hand Magnets

8. Paint cooled clay hand all over with acrylic paint. Using a paper towel, wipe off the high areas, leaving paint only in the depressed parts of the texture pattern filled with paint. If desired, use a Signo Uniball Broad White gel pen to highlight areas or add pattern to your piece.

Precious Children's Hand Magnets

9. Finally, using E6000 glue, attach 2 round disc magnets to the back of your hand and let dry.

 

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This is a great gift idea. I could do this with my Niece and Nephew as a present for the Mammy and Daddy or Granny and Granada from them weather for an occasion or a just because gift. This really is a beautiful sentimental gift idea I think whoever they decide to give it to will love it.

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