Batty for Candy Jar
Not everything about Halloween has to be scary, so let this adorable bat welcome your friends and family!
What You'll Need
- Polymer clay: black, purple, green, white, fuschia, orange, cadmium yellow
- Craft knife
- Needle tool (or toothpick)
- 2 black seed beads
- Small paintbrush
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Glass jar with metal lid
- Acrylic paint: black, orange
- Clay-safe black marker
- Tacky craft glue
- Raffia: black, orange
Products: Polyform Products Premo Sculpey clay; Sagura Pigma pen; E6000 glue
Step 1: For bat, roll 11/2-inch ball of black clay into egg shape to form body. For each wing, shape a 3/4-inch black ball into a flattened triangle. Use craft knife to cut 3 scallops in bottom of each wing. Etch lines in each wing with needle tool. Attach to body.
Step 2: For ears, shape two 5/16-inch black balls into triangles. Make 2 smaller triangles of purple clay, and attach 1 to each ear. Make indent with needle tool. Attach ears to head. For eyes, shape two 1/8-inch green balls into flattened ovals, and attach to head. Place a seed bead in each eye.
Step 3: For muzzle, flatten 3/8-inch black ball. Attach 1/8-inch purple ball for nose. Shape two 1/8-inch white balls into triangles, attach to bottom of muzzle for fangs. For bottom lip, flatten 1/4-inch black ball and indent with handle of paintbrush. Mix small amount of fuschia clay with white clay to create pastel pink. Roll tiny oval for tongue, indent with needle tool, and attach to bottom lip. Attach bottom lip to back of muzzle. Attach muzzle to face just under eyes.
Step 4: For each foot, roll 3/8-inch purple ball, shape into flattened teardrop, and attach to bottom of body.
Step 5: For candy corn, form 3/4-inch orange ball into square. Shape 1/2-inch white ball into triangle. Attach to orange square. Shape 1/2-inch yellow ball into rectangle. Attach to top of orange square. Place bat on top of candy corn.
Step 6: Flatten orange clay, and cut a 1-inch square. Roll thin snake of black clay, and wrap it around square. Add texture with needle tool.
Step 7: Line baking sheet with parchment paper, and place pieces on parchment. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. Let cool.
Step 8: Paint jar lid black. Dip end of paintbrush handle into orange paint, and dot on lid. Glue bat to center of lid. Write "HOW 'BOUT A BITE?" or words of your choice on sign with marker. Glue sign to jar. Tie black and orange raffia bow around jar top.
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