Clay Thumbtacks and Buttons
Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 13 2004
Cheery clay pins may be small, but they will have a big impact. In no time you can have a bulletin board covered with colorful patterns, faces, and flowers.
These buttons were tailor-made for kids. To craft shapes, a plastic knife or small cookie cutter will work; poke holes with a toothpick.
Roll clay into a thin strand. Cut into small pieces, then roll the pieces into balls. Arrange pieces, and press onto a clay ball. Roll ball to smooth out.
To create a face shape, roll a small piece of clay into a ball; with your thumb, flatten into a disk. Make tiny clay balls for eyes and nose and a log for mouth. Arrange pieces, and press onto a clay ball. Roll ball to smooth out. swirls Roll clay into a thin strand, wrap around a clay ball, and press. Roll ball to smooth out.
After you've created your design on a ball, flatten the ball into a disk with your thumb. Place disk face down; press the top of a thumbtack onto the disk's back. Fold the disk's edges gently over the head of the pin and cover so that the underside is no longer visible.