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Art 31 - Clay Butterflies (Elementary)
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Art 31 - Clay Butterflies (Elementary)


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  • 1. Elementary CLAY BUTTERFLIES
  • 2. Materials •White Clay •Slip •Clay Tools •Color Markers •Tempera Paint •Paint Brush •Heavy Cardstock White •Scissors •Water •Black Marker •Pipe Cleaners •Pencil, Eraser and Sharpener
  • 3. Step 1: Clay Body Begin with a ball of clay that is the size of a fist. Drop on table 10 times to get air bubbles out.
  • 4. Clay Body Continued Create body of butterfly by rolling out body to desired shape and size. Leave a small amount of clay aside for the head.
  • 5. Clay Body Continued Use clay tool to “score” body to head of butterfly. Put a generous amount of slip in between body and head before attaching to each other.
  • 6. Clay Body Continued Use a clay tool with a flat edge to lightly carve lines horizontally across the butterfly body.
  • 7. Clay Body Continued On the top of the head use a clay tool or pencil to poke two holes. Go down about half way through ball of clay. Cook clay to specified settings in kiln.
  • 8. Step 2: Painting After clay body has been cooked begin to paint using tempera cakes and a brush.
  • 9. Painting Continued Choose one color paint to fill in every other stripe. Tempera will dry very quickly on clay and may need 2 or 3 layers to achieve desired color.
  • 10. Painting Continued Choose a second color to fill in the remaining empty stripes on butterfly body. Choose a third color to paint the head of butterfly. Let dry.
  • 11. Part 3: Wings On a heavy piece of white cardstock sketch out one butterfly wing with a pencil and then trace with a black marker. Use scissors to cut out wing.
  • 12. Wings Continued Flip wing over on to another piece of white cardstock and trace a mirror image of that wing. Trace again with a black marker.
  • 13. Wings Continued With a pencil sketch out a design on each wing. Make sure that designs are a mirror image of each other. Use a black permanent marker to trace over pencil.
  • 14. Begin to color in wings with various color markers. Colors should also be a mirror image. Go slow and stay in lines.
  • 15. Wings Continued Only one color per space. Colors may be repeated but try to separate from repeats touching sides.
  • 16. Assebmly Using a low-temp hot glue gun to begin assembling butterfly.
  • 17. Assembly Continued Glue wings to the back of butterfly body. Do one wing at a time in order to make sure wings are even.
  • 18. Assembly Continued Put a small dab of hot glue inside each hole on top of butterflies head. Carefully place one 6 inch pipe cleaner inside each hole and let dry.
  • 19. Step 5: Finish When butterfly is finished twist pipe cleaners for antennas. If desired butterfly can be mounted on a piece of construction paper for hanging on a wall or strings can be attached for hanging in the air.