Project Description: Students acquire a deeper awareness of clay by creating a clay
pin that is textured by the sole of a shoe and is wearable once glazed. Teachers discuss various textures including the rough texture on the bottom of shoes. Teachers
demonstrate clay techniques for the students and explain vocabulary. Students look
at clay pin examples. Teachers will cut small uniform squares of clay in preparation.
Students will start by rolling their clay and forming it into a ball. Students will look
for the most interesting texture on the bottom of their shoe. The clay ball will be
placed on that spot and students will gently press down to imprint the texture into
the clay. Teachers fire the pins in the kiln. Once fired, pins can be glazed. All surface
areas must be colored with no white showing. Encourage students to use different
colors for their various textured areas. Fire the pins again for the true glaze colors to
appear. Adhere a pin to the completed clay piece with hot glue. Wear the pin and
enjoy the compliments! Get your free NASCO lesson plan by calling 1-800-558-9595
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Circle No. 203 on Reader’s Service card.
Grade Level: K– 12
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Corrugated Cardboard Figures from Twisteez
Grade Level: 3 and up
Estimated Project Time: 30– 45 minutes
Materials: 2– 4 Twisteez wires
Scissors to cut cardboard and Twisteez
Magic Markers and or acrylic paint (optional)
1. Cut cardboard into small, simple, geometric shapes.
These will be the heads and torsos for the figures.
2. Thread the Twisteez in and out of the channels in the cardboard leaving
wire loops outside of the cardboard where you want to create body parts
3. Twist loops to create movable arms and legs.
4. If desired, add more details with magic markers and/or paint.