Custom Board Game PawnsHi There! It's Susan from TheBoredZombie.com with my first Design Team project. I've cooked up a family project that is suitable for all ages and all skill levels and a perfect Thanksgiving day project for everyone to work on together between turkey and heavy napping!
- Creative Paperclay® Modeling Material
- Sculpting tools you have on hand
- Glue (My favorites: E300, hot glue, or Aleene's tacky glue)
- Finishing mediums you have on hand (paint, markers, etc)
- Small embellishments (optional)
■ Because your pawn is going to be very small, keep your shapes simple. For example, a little one might want to make a small red car, but probably doesn't want to attempt Lightning McQueen.
■ Small pieces attached by pressing on to the main shape will likely fall off when dry. That's ok! A little dab of glue will fix that right up.
■ When finished, It needs to sit flat on the game board. No balls, hot dogs without buns, or other round things that might want to roll right off the table.
■ LeeAnn recently posted an amazing set of getting started tips for handling the clay. It's a good refresher and reference for the true newbies.
■ Your family might be the type that produces some professional doll house quality miniatures or you could be more like my daughter and me. We're not making masterpieces. Small cracks, imperfect shapes, glued on pieces, and simple shapes are not only OK, but celebrated! This project is all about the experience and family time - no perfection required!
After the sculpting is complete for the pawns, put them in the oven at 210 degrees for 8 minutes. Turn them so the bottoms are exposed and bake another 8 minutes. They will likely be ready for painting, but if they still feel tacky or moist, give them 5 minutes at the time until your satisfied they are ready to finish.
If you all are feeling adventurous, go for it! Add embellishments like beads, threads, rhinestones, or small trinkets.
For the curious - I'm the joystick, snowman, and bluebird. My daughter is the snake and sea turtle.
The sky is the limit! Here's some my daughter and I thought of but didn't make - palm tree, coffee cup, birthday cake, baseball cap, tennis shoe, piggy face, owl, mustache, and camera.What would you make?
Optional Side Quest: Instead of making your own pawns, draw names from a hat and make pawns for each other!
Thanks so much for coming by the blog today and taking a look at my project idea. If you want to hear more about the inspiration for the project, come on to my house, theboredzombie.com. I love to hear what you think! Please feel free to drop any comments you have right here on the blog. If your family gives the project a try I REALLY want to see it, send me pictures or link me to your site!