Sunday, January 5, 2014

Instead of Clay...

I am sure most of us have been working on putting the Christmas things away in these first weeks of January.

If you are anything like me, things will fall, things will break,
and decisions about whether to keep or toss items will be part of the process.

Before anything goes into the trash, however.
consider this great use of plumber's putty.
It works very quickly, is super strong,
and seems to stick to just about anything.

(Be sure to wear some type of gloves, like the ones I have on,
as this putty is harmful to the skin.  Read the warnings).

This donkey from our nativity set was saved.
After applying the putty and letting it set,
I painted the ear to match the other.

This stuff is also great to use in place of many of the clays that are available.
I have has issues with clays that just don't seem very durable or to want to stay adhered.

I wanted to make a special ornament for my son this year since I couldn't find what I was looking for and really wanted to personalize it anyhow.

I used the plumber's putty to create the parts of the dragon I wanted to look 3D on my ornament.

When the putty was dry,
I coated the whole lid ornament with Plaster-of-Paris mixed with paint to give a more even look.

Then I painted...

...and painted until... was finished.

On the back, I printed up in very small print the verses which my son loves to read.

"For God is my King of old,
working salvation in the midst of the earth.
Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength:
thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
Thou breakest the heads of leviathan in pieces,
and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness."
Psalm 74: 12-14

How about you?  Have you got all your Christmas decorations away now?

Thanks for stopping by!

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