CREATE MINI-DINOSAUR PENCIL TOPPERS
Dinosaur pencil covers
These mini-dinosaurs can turn boring old pencils into something fun to use!
LET’S GET STARTED!
Begin by taking small pieces of the clay and warming them in your hands. This makes the clay pliable and easy to shape.
To make the stegosaurus, roll a softened piece of dark green clay into a log about 3 inches long. Use fingers to shape points on each end, one for the head and one for the tail. Form the pointed log into a crescent shape. To make the pointed ridge on the back, flatten a piece of light green clay into a sheet. Use the plastic knife to cut the triangular points and press the ridge in place. (See picture.) Reinforce the connection by smoothing with fingers or a toothpick. To make the eyes, use the point of a toothpick to make indentations and fill them in with tiny balls of light green clay. Use the dark green clay to make four legs and press them into place. Reinforce the connection by smoothing, as you did with the ridges on the back. Gently push the eraser end of a pencil into the underside of the Stegosaurus; remove once the hole is formed.
Roll a piece of light green clay into an oval about ¾-inch by 1-inch to make the triceratops’s body. Make four small logs about ½-inch by ¼-inch and attach to form the legs. Next, make the bony plate behind the triceratops’s head by flattening a piece of light green clay into a disc about 1-inch in diameter.
Pull bits of clay to form the six or seven points around the bony plate. Roll six or seven very skinny worms of dark green clay, and press them onto the back of the bony plate to look like ridges. (See picture.) Press the plate onto the front end of the dinosaur’s body and smooth well to make it adhere.
Use your fingers to shape the head with its short horn in front. A toothpick will help shape the open mouth. Make eyes for the triceratops using the same method used for the stegosaurus. Add two longer horns to the head. When the head is complete, press it into place in front of the bony plate. Finally, gently press the eraser end of a pencil into the belly area of the triceratops; remove the pencil.
Use medium green clay to roll a log about 4 inches long. The log should be fatter in the middle and thinner on each end. Shape one end into a point to look like the tail. Shape the other end to look like the head. Add eyes in dark green clay, using the method above. Gently curve the long neck of the brontosaurus, and curve the tail up slightly. (See picture.) Add dark green stripes on the back of the dinosaur. Make two thick hind legs and attach. Make two smaller front legs and attach as shown. Last, form the hole for the pencil as instructed above.
When baking the polymer clay, follow the directions for temperature and time given on the package. Although the clay is non-toxic and conforms to safety standards, it may still give off an unpleasant odor when baking. For that reason, it is advisable to use a non-food container for baking and to provide adequate ventilation.
When the mini-dinosaurs have cooled, use craft glue to attach them to the eraser ends of the pencils. If any pieces of the dinosaurs came loose during baking, they can be attached with craft glue. Be sure the glue has completely dried before using the pencils.