Clay Crafts

Picture This Clay Craft

Create a masterpiece frame with the Picture This Clay Craft.
Create a masterpiece frame with the Picture This Clay Craft.
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Turn discarded frames into jeweled masterpieces with the Picture This clay craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspapers
  • Plastic gloves
  • Old shirt
  • Small, old picture frame with wide, flat borders
  • Paper towels
  • Old margarine tub
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Old butter knife
  • Glass "pebbles" in gemstone colors

How to make the Picture This clay craft:Step 1: Spread out the newspapers, and put on your gloves and an old shirt. Step 2: Ask an adult to remove any glass from the frame and set it in a safe place. Wipe off the frame with a damp paper towel, then dry it off. Step 3: In the margarine tub, mix a small amount of the plaster of Paris according to package directions. (Have an adult help you with this part.) Use an old knife to spread plaster on the picture frame. Step 4: Place a row of glass pebbles around the inner edge of the frame. Make sure the pebbles are evenly spaced and in a variety of colors! Finish covering the frame surface in rows of "jewels." Step 5: Let dry for a day. Use the leftover plaster to bejewel a flowerpot or throw it away in the trash, but don't pour it down the sink -- it could cause a nasty clog! Enjoy your "jewel" of a frame.

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