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Topic: Revenge of the Science Fair Project: poison dart frogs  (Read 2883 times)
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« on: March 18, 2010 12:59:55 PM »

I freely admit that I am no polymer clay expert. Though I kind of like to play with it, my sculpting abilities are likely stuck at the no-art class high school level.  Still, my son decided that he wanted to research Poison Dart Frogs for his science fair project.

A little background on science fairs. I remember doing science fair projects. Ok, I remember my parents doing the vast majority of the work for the two science fair projects that I remember. Therefore, I've done a significant chunk of the work for every science fair project in the house (it's only fair, I guess). In any case, poison dart frogs.

Poison dart frogs come in a variety of sizes and colors (from 1/2 inch to 2 1/4 inches, and practically every color of the rainbow). So I bought Crayola air dry clay in a tub (you may be asking yourself why this is posted in polymer clay. Hang in there a sec). We made four frogs out of the quick drying clay (admittedly, the humidity of our air is fairly low in the winter). They cracked. Then the legs broke off, and I wasn't impressed by the texture when I was modelling it, either. The good thing about this is that I got in some practice modelling frogs, because I'd never done it before.

So we went out and bought polymer clay instead. One block of black, and two blocks of gray. I figured it was better to paint them then to try to get accurate coloring with my low level of skill.  And paint is fun for first graders.  Smiley

Anyway, here are the naked frogs (before paint):

The ones that look like snap pops/sperm are tadpoles.

And here they are after we painted them:

The tadpoles coincidentally, did not need to be painted, so they're only in the first picture.  Not too shabby for never having taken an art class after elementary school, I guess.  Wink

Comments welcome!

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2010 01:24:37 PM »

Pretty amazing.  Your paint job is really good.  You just know those are deadly frogs.  Nice work, Mom.  A+ for you. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2010 01:26:17 PM »

I should mention that I did the blue one and the yellow one, my daughter did the red one, and the first grader got green paint all over his shirt painting the green one.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2010 01:32:33 PM »

Then everybody did a good job.  A+ all around.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2010 01:48:31 PM »

Good job! better than I could do modeling anything. Except maybe a snake, Im pretty good at rolling clay between my hands until it makes a long tube that I could pretend was a snake:) I love froggies too, and LOVE the little tadpoles/spermies. hehe, I would display these on my figurine shelf alongside the faeries. <3
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2010 05:51:40 PM »

LOVE these!  I'd put them on a shelf too, where everyone could see how great they are.

I can't even roll clay snakes.  Seriously.  It's a talent I do not possess.
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2010 07:00:38 PM »

Great frog sculpting! And I agree that everyone gets A+ for painting.

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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2010 08:17:12 PM »

  I am impressed! I've never really spent much time with clay, so I am not so sure you would recognize my frogs... If I made any! And, as nice as they all are, I think the first-grader nailed it on the paint-job!
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2010 11:59:23 AM »

they are all so cute. love the detail
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2010 02:19:40 PM »

Thanks everyone!  My four year old was making lots of clay snakes with the air dry clay while we were working on the first batch of frogs. I'd post pictures of those, too (for comparison's sake), but they crumbled fairly quickly, so all we had were bits and pieces of frogs.  Oddly enough, none of the detached legs seemed to go with the bodies when I was going to attempt to glue them back on.
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