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Discover an amazingly easy way to make delicate filigree-style ornaments. Hang one in a window, wear it as a pendant, or give it as a memorable gift!
Fabric lace and metal filigree (delicate metalwork that looks like lace) have been made by artisans for centuries. During an investigation into ancient civilizations, invite students to research the origins of both. Each art form can create delicate and beautiful works of art from tiny amounts of material. Students may work individually or in small groups. Provide a variety of text and electronic resources for them to view during this activity. Once research is complete, students create their own original ornament, influenced by their research.
To create an original, lacy ornament or pendant, mix a Ping-Pong ball amount of Crayola Air-Dry Clay with a small amount of water in a plastic sandwich bag. Close the bag and knead until the slurry is about the consistency of thick pudding. With Crayola Scissors, cut a tiny corner off the bag. Squeeze out the clay mix on waxed paper.
Remind students to overlap the strands of clay as they create their ornaments. Leave space to thread a ribbon! Air-dry the ornament for a day or two.
Ask students to cover their work areas with recycled newspaper. Students paint their lace with Crayola Premier™ Tempera, which also comes in gold and silver for special effects. Air-dry the paint.
Ornaments can be embellished with Crayola Glitter Glue if so desired. Air-dry the glitter.
Students tie on a ribbon to hang or wear the original creation.
In small groups, students share their ornaments, discussing how their artwork was influenced by their learning about the ancient civilizations.
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