By Becky Meverden
Polymer clay: orange, white, black, brown and green
Plastic straw, optional
Circle template, optional for measuring ball sizes
1. Condition clay according to manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Pumpkin: Roll a 7/8” orange ball. Use a toothpick to indent lines around the entire ball. Stem: Use the blunt end of a paintbrush to make a hole in the top of the pumpkin. Roll a ¼” brown ball into a teardrop. Press the widest end of the teardrop against a flat surface to flatten. Use a toothpick to indent lines randomly around and on top of the stem. Press stem into the hole. Leaves: Flatten two 5/32” green balls into teardrops. Indent veins onto each leaf and press leaves onto both sides of the stem. Vine: Roll a 1/8” green ball into a 1/16” diameter log. Use your fingers to coil and press onto pumpkin.
3. Eyes: Flatten two 5/32” white balls into teardrops. Press the narrowest ends together slightly and press onto the pumpkin. Pupils: Roll two 1/16” black balls and press onto each eye. Nose: Roll a 5/32” orange ball into an oval and press onto the head below the eyes. Eyebrows: Use a toothpick to indent. Mouth: Press half of a straw end just under the nose and remove. It leaves a great smile. A toothpick can also be used to indent the mouth. Use a stylus (or toothpick) to indent both ends of the smile.
4. Bake in a preheated 265 degree oven for 30 minutes.
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Here is another polymer clay covered paper mache box. Say that fast three times!
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We have had three days this month with snow and I'm hoping it's not a hint of the winter to come. While living in South Korea, we rarely got snow and when it did, it would be usually less than an inch and didn't last long. The shop owners would come out with their brooms to sweep the snow away from their storefronts. I never saw a shovel being used the entire time I lived in Korea.