Fingerprint Keychain

What You Need:

  • Wax paper
  • Tape
  • Polymer clay
  • Small glass bottle
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Jump rings

What You Do:

  1. Before your young crafter gets started, you will need to condition, or knead and stretch, the clay. First, tape a piece of wax paper down to your work surface. 
  2. Show your child how to knead the clay, pushing it away with the heals of her hands. When she can fold a roll of clay in half without it cracking, it's ready.
  3. Help her break off a piece of clay that is about the size of a grape.
  4. Encourage her to make the clay into any shape she wants by rolling and mashing it.
  5. Once she has a shape she likes, help her carefully press her thumb into the center of the clay.
  6. If it doesn't look quite right, knead the clay back into a ball and try again.
  7. Let your child poke a bamboo skewer through the top of the clay.
  8. Use the same skewer to scratch your child's initials or name in the bottom of the clay.
  9. Now it is time to cure the clay.  Preheat the oven and bake the charms according to the package instructions.
  10. When the charms have cooked and cooled, put a jump ring through the hole on each charm. Now it's just missing some keys!

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