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Give vintage style a whole new meaning with this Aboriginal-inspired medallion! Explore the colorful patterns of Aboriginal art, and design a vibrant necklace.
Aboriginal art is recognized by its distinctive style of combining vividly colored dots and lines into intricate patterns. View some examples of Aboriginal art with your class. Discuss the colors commonly used in the artwork with the class. Ask students what patterns they see? What other similarities can they identify?
Students create a necklace with Aboriginal style! Start by kneading a small amount of Crayola Terra Cotta Air-Dry Clay in your hands a few times to loosen it up and give it a smooth texture. Use the side of a colored pencil or marker to roll out the Air-Dry Clay on a clean, dry surface. It should be about as thick as a pencil when you are done. Press a round cookie-cutter or plastic cup firmly into the clay, forming the shape of the medallion. Have students store the remaining Air-Dry Clay in an airtight container for future use.
Students use the tip of a pencil to make two small holes in the top of the medallion. These will be needed later to add string to the necklace. The tip of the pencil can also be a great tool for carving lines and curves into the medallion! To change the design, simply smooth out the clay and start over!
While the Air-Dry clay is still wet, students use small glass beads and jewels to decorate the medallion with a colorful pattern! You may wish to plan ahead by drawing the pattern on paper with colored pencils or crayons. Arrange the beads on the medallion and press down gently to secure them in place. Tip: if you have trouble sticking the beads to the medallion, dip a fingertip in water and rub on clay to restore some moisture.
Place the medallion securely on a flat surface, and allow it to dry for 2-3 days.
When dry, combine Crayola No-Run School glue with water and brush onto the back and edge of the medallion. This will seal the medallion, preventing it from rubbing onto clothing. Weave string or yarn through the holes on the medallion and secure ends with clear adhesive tape to create a fun-to-wear necklace! Embellish the necklace with feathers and beads for a more authentic Aboriginal look!
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