Monday, January 10, 2011

Robot Sculptures

Rummage through the tool box for parts for clay sculptures.

You will need:
  • 2/3 cup salt
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Decorative embellishments and small hardware (we used nuts, bolts, screws, caps, etc.)
  • Waxed paper lined cookie sheet for drying
Other ideas: sequins, googly eyes, pop-tops, bottle caps, hooks, etc.

How to:
  1. In a small saucepan, mix the salt and baking soda with 1/3 cup of water and bring to a boil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of water. Stir well.
  3. Remove salt mixture from heat and add the cornstarch mixture. Stir vigorously for a minute or two to thicken clay. Spoon onto waxed paper and allow to cool before working with it.
  4. Shape clay into desired shapes and add embellishments for features. Use your imagination to figure out what each piece can turn into. (Screws with flat heads make great legs and will allow your figure to stand. Nails for eyes? Picture brackets for arms? A nut and bolt for a top hat? You decide!) Ours started out to be snowmen, but eventually we decided they looked more like robots.
  5. Once your sculpture is finished, set on waxed paper and let dry. (Takes about two days to dry completely.)
This was so easy to make...the first time. We have tried to make these a couple of times since and have had bad luck. Both times, even though I followed the directions exactly, the mixture came out too runny. I don't know what to say about it, because I cannot figure out why it worked so well the first time but none since.

Anyway, give it a try and see if you have better luck or if you can figure out the solution. This really is pretty cool. The figures held up very well until they got stored in Elliott's action figures box. Now they are missing a few parts. But other than that, they are pretty sturdy and get lots of play.

Elliott's Evaluation:
We still have them. They are in my action figures box. I liked going through all the tools. The legs are screws. The eyes are bolts. I like taking the top bolts off of Mommy's  robot's head.

1 comment:

  1. It might be that the first day you made it wasn't as humid as the other days? That can make a recipe not work as well. Just a random guess, though. Great idea - I'm sure you had a ball making these!