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The story of Nefertiti and the dynamic malleability of Crayola Model Magic® make an exciting project with which to begin or end ancient Egyptian studies.
Her name means "the beautiful one is come." The only sculpture of Nefertiti, wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, is on display at the Berlin Museum. This rare and intact sculpture beautifully illustrates the dress and decoration sported by ancient Egyptians during the 18th Dynasty. At that time, precious gems and beads were almost exclusively used for body ornamentation. Gems such as pearls, emeralds, and cat’s eye were combined with exquisitely crafted glass beads. Invite students to look at photos of the Nefertiti figure. Check out other historical depictions of the time period as well as archeological finds to learn more about the style of adornment for royal Egyptians.
Organize students into small groups to begin an investigation into Nefertiti and her roles in the history of Ancient Egypt. Prior to opening the research, ask students to generate a list of topics on which students can focus. Organize a variety of text and electronic resources for students to use during this activity. Groups share their research with classmates in a presentation format of their choice.
Prior to the beginning of group presentations, ask students to create decorative necklaces, much like Nefertiti might wear. To begin the necklace (or other body ornamentation from the period), students shape different-colored Crayola Model Magic® compound into rectangles, coils, balls, ovals, and other shapes typical for Ancient Egyptian jewelry. For smooth, square edges, cut pieces with Crayola Scissors.
Roll out thin Model Magic sheets with a rolling pin or marker barrel. Cover spring-clip plastic clothespins with the flattened compound to make the largest ornaments. Extend the tips as needed to make space to thread the clothespins as beads. Smooth out and shape into decorative pieces. Model Magic® dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 to 3 days.
Students lay out the pieces into the configuration of their necklaces or other jewelry. Create separate strings in different patterns. Lace beads together using a large sewing needle with fishing line. Knot ends.
To join strings together into one necklace, place them in order. Lay a chenille stem across the knotted ends on one side and twist the chenille stem around knots. Repeat on the other side. Twist and fold chenille stems for reinforcement. Form a hook and eye clasp on either side of the necklace with the ends of the chenille stems.
Bejewel the precious gems with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry the glue before wearing or exhibiting.
During groups presentations of Ancient Egypt research, members of each group wear their necklace or jewelry.
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