Clay Crafts

Shell Print Clay Craft

Make this decorative Shell Print Clay Craft.
Make this decorative Shell Print Clay Craft.
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See how a fossil print might have been made with the shell print clay craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper or plastic mat
  • Air-drying modeling clay
  • Plastic or butter knife
  • Pencil
  • Small seashell (or other object to make an impression with)
  • Leather strip or thick yarn

Real fossils are formed in several different ways. They can be the actual hard remains of ancient organisms, parts of organisms that have been replaced by minerals, or impressions of the organisms that have been preserved in sediments. Using a shell and clay, you can imitate this process.

How to make the shell print clay craft:

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper or a plastic mat. Start with a 3/8-inch-thick slab of air-drying modeling clay. Cut out a two-inch-diameter circle of clay.

Step 2: Use a pencil to poke a hole through the top of the clay circle. Press an interesting small seashell firmly into the circle of clay. Carefully remove the shell. It should leave a clear impression. The impression will resemble a fossil imprint. Allow the clay to air dry.

Step 3: Thread a leather strip or thick yarn through the hole, and tie the ends in a knot. You can wear your shell imprint around your neck.

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