Diy Dough Clay Dotson
You will use nine pieces of clay to create your little dog. It is important to knead the dough in your hands as you make the design to push out any air pockets that could cause cracking.
1. Body: Roll a ball of dough about the size of a silver dollar for the body. This will be done on your cookie sheet. On thick clay pieces you can take a small needle to make small holes to release any air pockets.
2. Four Paws: Roll out four pea-sized balls for the paws, slightly wet the paws and attach to the body of your dog.
3. Head: Roll a ball of dough about the size of a quarter slightly creating a tear drop shape. Wet the head and place onto the body of your dog. The water acts as glue to hold each piece in place.
4. One Tail: Roll coils of dough slightly tear shaped. Take the coil and dip smaller end into water and push onto the butt of your dog for a cute little tail.
5. Two Ears: Start with a tear drop and flatten to shape ears any Shape you like.
Baking Your Design or Air Dry
Bake your little dog at your lowest temperature setting 140 degrees for 120 minutes. Bake your little dog slowly to prevent bad cracking and puffing.
You can set your dog in the sun to dry and this will take estimate 24 hours, depending on the size of your dog.
After your piece as dried you can fill any cracks with Elmer's glue and then paint.
Painting & Varnishing
After the designs are baked and cooled you are ready to paint. I used brown acrylic paint for the entire body, black paint for the nose and the bottom of his paws.
Give your little pup a colorful collar and let him dry before sealing with varnish.
Varnish 2 to 3 layers to seal out moisture; you can buy varnish in satin, gloss, or semi gloss.
We so enjoyed sharing one approach to creating dough clay Dotson dog, that are so cute.
I hope you have been inspired to create something with dough clay today and we would love to see photos.
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