Am I the only one who ever gets the “itch” to make something, and no matter how hard I try to ignore it, I eventually have to do it, even if it’s at an obscenely inappropriate time?
I’m probably glad I can’t read all of your minds right now 😉
Anyway, that’s what happened to me two nights ago. I was minding my own business, trying to wind down for bed at a decent hour for once, when a little turkey crawled into my brain. And he JUST WOULDN’T LEAVE. So I had no choice but to make him. He really didn’t take long to make at all, but since I didn’t even get started until 11:00 pm, I didn’t get to bed until past midnight.
I hold Meri Cherry 95% responsible for the turkey that got into my brain- I saw her Funky Sculpey Finger Puppets first on Instagram and then on her blog and immediately thought how cute a turkey version would be. I’ve had a sampler package of Premo! Sculpey clay in lots of fun colors sitting in my crafty stash since this summer, waiting for just the right project. Never mind that I had never used Sculpey clay (although we use its cousin plasticine quite frequently for clay smoosh projects)- it was actually easy to learn, especially with tips from various beginner tutorials on the internet.
To make my turkey guy, I followed Meri’s basic instructions to make the puppet body and then fashioned some feathers by rolling short little worms and then squashing them flat and pressing lines in them with a toothpick. For the face, I used the instructions I found in this Polymer Clay Turkey Tutorial at Crafts for All Seasons. I also found some helpful tips at the same site in an article conveniently titled Working With Polymer Clay. After making my little gobbler, I baked him at 275° for 20 minutes and then let him cool overnight. Now he’s hard as a rock and has already withstood an epic twin tug-of-war tantrum, resulting in another late night turkey sculpting session to make him a companion and by all means keep the peace around here.
Thanks again (sort of) to Meri Cherry for contributing to my chronic state of sleep deprivation with your cute puppets- next time you post something that threatens to crawl inside my head, shoot me a warning, k? Then at least maybe I can look at it at 11:00 am versus 11:00 pm and have a chance at a normal night’s sleep 😉