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Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 11: Clay Cutters


Fondant cutters make perfect clay cutters! Dig through the toy box for “cookie cutters”!

Toy cutters are natural clay cutters!

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 11: Clay Cutters

Check out your kitchen the next time you or your children get the urge to play in mud!  Your mini cookie cutters can do double duty as clay cutters.  And this works in the other way around – , top by the modeling clay section of your favorite hobby store and check out the cutters there.  This is a great place to find some mini cutters for making cookies or cookie cutter crafts that you may not have!  And don’t forget the toy box!  I found some cuties there like these.  Toy cutters are the perfect size for clay cutting!

  • There are as many different types of clay and modeling clay on the market, both hardening and non-hardening, as there are uses for the clay itself.
  • Clay is a no-age, fun art project.  Everyone, from toddlers to centenarians, can enjoy this art medium.  It’s one of the first art projects that toddlers are exposed to & it aids in development of their fine motor skills, conversely it can help senior citizens to maintain or re-gain movement of the fingers and hand.
  • Below I have listed some websites that I found helpful in looking for a clay that is right for my purposes.  There is really little I can add as my experience in modeling clay is limited.  I’d recommend that you first do some on-line research to see what product will suit you best before buying.  Also look for guides on this site and other sites like eHow for first hand advice in using the type of clay you are considering.   There are also lots of sites where you can ask questions and get answers about a particular product.
  • Follow the directions on the package for best results.

 What Can You Make With Clay & Cookie Cutters?

  • Cookie Cutter Jewelry!  How cute would it be to give out mini Santa pins at your Christmas party while serving Santa cut-out cookies in all the variety of shapes you have?
  • Cookie Cutter Animals!  Make two off each and have your own Noah’s Ark?  Oh, and yeah, I do have a Noah’s Ark set!
  • Pretend Cookies!  For your tree and or to leave out on the table as a display.  Just don’t leave them out for Santa or you will get coal in your stocking!
  • Miniature Cookies: Perfect for the dollhouse or to make those cookie cutter sheet Christmas ornaments of a past post:  https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-4-cookie-cutter-christmas-ornament/
    • Lots, Lots, More! 

Want to Make Your Own Clay?

Take a look at these site below to find some instructions on making your own clay from FOOD STUFFS!  How well does that fit in with cookie cutters?  It sounds great and I can’t wait to try it.

My Personal Experience With Clay

I once used a whole tub of air dry foam kid’s clay from Wal-Mart to make a Noah’s Ark set.  It was a lot of fun and even had parts to make it stand up.  It was easy and a load of fun.

I also tried air dry clay from Hobby Lobby once with my Wednesday night’s kid’s group with ages ranging from 4 to 12 years old.  They enjoyed it very, very much!  And it was quite fun for me too. 

Most of my experience with clay has been with salt dough.  It is easy to make, can be rolled & cut out with cutters or shaped like modeling clay.  It is easy and inexpensive to make.  See my guide on salt dough by clicking on the link below.  I found working with air dry clay to be very similar to working with salt dough. 

https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/salt-dough-recipe/

I gave the kids unopened cola cans to roll out the dough.  We then cut shapes from it with a mini cutter.  As we were going to use the shapes as magnets we did not put holes in them for hangers, but this would be the time to punch a hole with a straw or a toothpick. Remember to make the hole pretty big as the clay will shrink during drying and the hole can close up.  Some of the kids attached smaller pieces of clay to their shape with a little water.

I gave each of them each a thin white paper plate labeled with their name to use while crafting their shape.  This kept the work surface clean and also gave us a place to put the ornament while it dried, identified the maker, and served as a place to put the clay shape while it was being painted.

I went to the church every 2 or 3 days and turned them as recommended on the package.  They were dry the next week so we could paint them (an activity the kids enjoyed almost as much as playing in the mud!). 

When the kids went to paint the shapes and stick a magnet on the back some of the thinner clay shapes broke during the process.  These were the ones that dried to be less than 1/4 inch thick.  The ones that were rolled out much thicker dried to be about ½ to ¾ an inch thick and did not break. 

I can definitely say that we will be using air drying clay in the class again.  I learned a lot from the experience that will help me the next time I use it.

My Recommendations For Working With Clay

  • Roll the dough out in a thick layer (at least one inch thick) before cutting with cutters.  The clay will shrink as it dries.
  • Glue on any pieces, pin backs or magnets on with liquid glue – craft glue or a cool melt glue gun to keep from breaking your piece.
  • Experience is the best teacher when working with clay.  While you can learn a lot by reading, it is not until you actually get your hands dirty (pun intended) that you really learn.  And luckily most air drying clay comes in a giant size box giving you plenty of material for trial and error! 

Websites I Found To Be Particularly Helpful:

I’m no expert by any means in the use of any of the types of clay available today on the market.  But fortunately I don’t have to be NOR do you!  We have accesses to loads of websites of people who DO know what they are talking about when it come times to talk turkey (or should that be dirt?).

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-different-types-of-modeling-clay.htm

http://www.ehow.com/about_5038468_types-modeling-clay.html

http://www.ehow.com/list_6068630_different-types-modeling-clay.html

http://www.ehow.com/way_5267946_modeling-clay-crafts.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_2282386_use-air-drying-clay.html

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed it.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the post. 

I’d love to hear about your experience in working with clay and modeling clay. 

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

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