I know I talk about sculpey all the time but it’s just so good. I’ve taught sculpey art classes for years and years and it’s always been the most popular class. Kids love sculpey. It’s easy to work with, has endless possibilities and the colors are absolutely fantastic. Kid made necklaces are so cool no matter what, but sculpey kid made necklaces might be the coolest. Scroll down to see why kids love these so much.
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First, I’d like to introduce you to my no fail, secret weapon, holy grail of awesomeness. This thing is amazing if you’re working with sculpey. There’s not a kid who doesn’t love it. Seriously. This craft machine works like a pasta maker. You just put the sculpey in and crank it and it comes out flat, smooth and totally awesome. If you’re a long time reader, you know I am a huge advocate of giving kids real tools to use. This craft machine is the real deal. It’s super sturdy and well worth the investment. Trust me. HOURS OF FUN.
Ok, so once you have your secret weapon, you’ll also need sculpey. I recommend this multipack. It lasts a while, has great colors and the prices is right, especially compared to most craft stores. Just fyi, you may need to help the kids unwrap the plastic around each color. It can be a little tricky.
Kid made necklaces were the hands down winner at art camp this summer. The kids were so attracted to all the beautiful colors they quickly got to work, first putting the sculpey through the craft machine and then stamping it with the templates. They LOVED using the craft machine over and over. Lots of times they would decide the clay wasn’t quite right just so they could use the craft machine over and over again.
I had set out a bunch of cookie cutters, including a house, a star, a butterfly and the favorite, Mickey Mouse. The kids were enthralled with the Mickey Mouse stamp and I’m pretty sure I’ve never used the word enthralled before. They added details like eyes and a mouth with little bits of sculpey. This camp was for ages 3-5. They all worked pretty independently for about 45 minutes making the pendents for the necklaces. They came up with tons of creative ways to make them unique. The excitement was palpable. It was pretty cool.
Once they all had made a bunch of pendants I poked holes with a skewer for the necklace to run through and we baked them. Directions are on the back of the box for baking times and temperature. After the pendent cooled we strung on a few beads and tied them on. The kids were so proud! This is a great project for all ages.