They’re quite simple although of course because I’m Katie, not everything went as planned but I improvised and it still had a happy ending.
To start I just got a tub of your run of the mill air-dry clay.
No I did not need nearly this much but it’s the only size they had*flat face*. If anyone knows of any other clay crafts, dog related or not, PLEASE let me know. Or else this tub will sit sad and neglected in my craft closet. Yes I am one of those people with a craft closet and yes it is exactly as messy as you think it is.
I initially bought these kits (left) thinking they were slabs of clay despite the fact that the packaging clearly states, “plaster casting”. I seriously need to start reading labels. As soon as I realized these kits were plaster I said F--- that mess and went back to the store for some much less messy, air dry clay.
Now that I had the right materials I could finally get this show on the road.
First I grabbed a handful of clay (the amount you grab depends on the ornament size you want) then I molded it into this oval shape.
Next I took a pencil and made a hole at the tip where the ribbon to hang your masterpiece with will go through.
This was the part of the process that didn’t go as planned. First of all Laverne was NOT having it although that part I was sort of counting on since she is kind of a cry baby. What I didn’t expect what for the paw prints to not imprint very well.
They did imprint enough to vaguely see their paw prints so I could use my finger to press down and make them more apparent.
So everything was all hunky dory in the end. The final paw print just isn’t necessarily as authentically theirs as I would have liked but oh well, that’s life.
I set the oven to 200 degrees F, placed them on wax paper on a cookie sheet, left the oven door ajar so moisture could escape, checked on them and flipped them every 5-10 minutes. I believe it took them around an hour before I decided, F it, they’re dry enough. Drying and patience time will vary.
I’m kind of a minimalist at times so I kept them simple but of course I encourage you all to exercise your creative freedom.