Disposable Plastic Knife
Small Glass Seed Beads (for the eyes)
Preheat oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Condition all clay by kneading until it’s soft and smooth or running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Remember to make 2 heads for this project. You'll need elastic cording. A medium thick black elastic cord works best but you can experiment; make sure it's thin enough to go through your holes but thick enough to have strength.
Little lucky also makes a wonderful pendant. For these projects you can use beading thread of your choice plus additional beads, you can even make some yourself!
Condition all your clay well. Kneading or rolling through your Clay Conditioning Machine until it is warm and soft. Take your Beige clay and roll a ball about 2/3 of an inch. Roll a smaller ball slightly less than 1/4 inch, you can adjust it if you feel the nose looks too large. Apply this smaller ball directly to the middle of your larger ball. Press in slightly making sure not to squish your head! Next, using your toothpick, carve in a little smile just under the nose, add creases if you'd like, see picture.
Choose your eye color and using your toothpick press them into your ball of clay right above the nose. Try spacing them closer together or further up to give different looks. Next you're going to roll two tiny little fat snakes of Orange for eyebrows, and one larger fat snake for a beard. It's easiest to roll your large snake slightly thinner on the ends. As you're placing this on your face you can pull and stretch it a little to make a nice fit.
Use the toothpick to add little creases around the eyes.
Let your little head rest up a bit while we start on the hat. Roll a 3/4 inch ball of Green clay, gently roll this into a short fat cylinder shape. Use your thumb to press into one of the ends, we're going to start pulling out and flattening the bottom into a brim, keeping your thumb in place, this may take a little shaping and smoothing.
Now we're going to decorate the hat. Roll out a very flat sheet of Black clay and using your knife slice a thin strip about 1/4 inch wide, the length doesn't matter yet as we will need to do some trimming. Roll a tiny little ball of Gold clay and press it flat, lay the Gold clay roll in the middle of your Black strip.
Roll a small thin log of Green clay about 3/4 inches long and 1/16th inch thick (approximately, no need for a ruler). Divide this log into 4 equal parts with your knife and roll each into a tiny little ball.
Place these 4 little balls onto your Gold circle and using your toothpick, press in little tiny creases to shape the leaves.
Your little leprechaun should look something like this now. You can use your toothpick, to gently pierce through the hat. Go halfway through one side, twisting, and then go through the other side making sure they match up. Reshape your hat if needed. For an added touch you can dab a little pink blush onto his cheeks.
It's time to bake the pieces! Bake at the manufacturer's recommended temperature and time. Use an oven thermometer, as baking above the recommended temperature can cause darkening and even burning
Once cured allow your pieces to cool down. Snip a length of your elastic cord about 7” long. Thread this through your two leprechauns. You may need to clean up the holes with your toothpick, or use a drill with a very small bit. If you're having trouble threading your elastic you can dab a small amount of clear nail polish onto the end of the cord and let it dry. This will keep the elastic cord from fraying and make it easier to thread through the holes. Tie a knot and snip off the extra elastic. See photo.
Slide your knot into one of the holes if possible. Tie another knot right in the middle of your loop to form a bauble. You should have two loops attached, with a head on each loop.
For the necklace the leprechaun instructions are the same. For the clover beads: Roll a small ball of Gold clay and press it down just slightly to form a hockey puck shape (following the direction in step 7 to get this bead). Pierce gently and bake/cure according to your package.
For the swirls- Roll a log of Green clay. Apply thinner logs of Gold clay down its length. Continue rolling on your surface twisting the log slightly and rolling it smooth. The more you twist the thinner and more plentiful your Gold stripes will be. Cut to desired lengths and pierce. Cure! Wear!
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