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Egor the Yarn Holder

Having never worked in clay I got
some of those strips of white clay sealed in plastic, worked them into a common
clay group, and added a little (careful) water to help the folding process.

I started
with a bowl type foundation, and added a layer to bring the height up even,
with a thickened area in the front ( I used a rolling pin with wax paper over
the clay, to keep out of trouble with my wife for using her rolling pin).

I used the Clay in desired shapes for
the mouth, nose, and eyes, and placed them in what I declared the proper
location, attach them with some slushy clay wayyyy thinned down, and smooth out
to make it look like it was all one piece (sneaky huh?). Cut the teeth, and
tongue individually, and install with the same sneaky process with the slushy
clay. I had to sculpt the teeth a little after I put them in place, you can use
an ice pick, or a nail.

I don’t have a pottery oven, but, a
toaster oven I do, so, at 500 degrees F I cooked it, checking it about every 10
minutes or so until it firmed up. You may also notice scorch marks at the top,
after being out of the oven for a while the upper area seemed too soft, so I
used a propane torch lightly hitting it to firm it up.

Painting is a little strange, I tried
to make the Egor Monster scary enough that it seem he was processing pain from
the yarn being pulled through his nose, and a multicolor green seemed right,
but, you may have drapes, or carpet that you want to match….lol

I sealed all areas of the latex
painted surface with 3-4 coats of latex polyurethane, I thought the better that
I sealed it would have a better chance of making it last.

Have fun if you
decide to try this ages 6- senile are appropriate.

Step 1: Egor the Yarn Holder

Egor the Yarn Holder

Having never worked in clay I got
some of those strips of white clay sealed in plastic, worked them into a common
clay group, and added a little (careful) water to help the folding process.

I started
with a bowl type foundation, and added a layer to bring the height up even,
with a thickened area in the front ( I used a rolling pin with wax paper over
the clay, to keep out of trouble with my wife for using her rolling pin).

I used the Clay in desired shapes for:
the mouth, nose, and eyes, and placed them in what I declared the proper
location, attach them with some slushy clay wayyyy thinned down, and smooth out
to make it look like it was all one piece (sneaky huh?). Cut the teeth, and
tongue individually, and install with the same sneaky process with the slushy
clay. I had to sculpt the teeth a little after I put them in place, you can use
an ice pick, or a nail.

I don’t have a pottery oven, but, a
toaster oven I do, so, at 500 degrees F I cooked it, checking it about every 10
minutes or so until it firmed up. You may also notice scorch marks at the top,
after being out of the oven for a while the upper area seemed too soft, so I
used a propane torch lightly hitting it to firm it up.

Painting is a little strange, I tried to make the Egor Monster scary enough that it seem he was processing pain from the yarn being pulled through his nose, and a multicolor green seemed right,
but, you may have drapes, or carpet that you want to match….lol

I sealed all areas of the latex painted surface with 3-4 coats of latex polyurethane, I thought the better that
I sealed it would have a better chance of making it last.

Have fun if you decide to try this ages 6- senile are appropriate.

<p>Nice way to hold yarn.</p>
<p>Thanks, I liked it, it feeds the yarn in a silly way, and the bowl holder keeps the yarn in a fixed spot so it doesn't roll under the sofa, for the cats fancy...lol</p>

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