Helping-Hand Spoon Rest

Everyone needs a spoon rest beside the stove, and this one is as much fun to make as it to use. Sculpey clay is used here because it is more pliable and easier to roll out than other clays on the market.

What you will need:
2 packages (2 different colors) Sculpey clay
Rolling pin
Butter knife
Medium oven-safe glass bowl
Baking sheet

How to do it:

Have a grown-up heat the oven to 270ºF. Break off several pieces of the clay and mash them together in your hands (using two colors will give your spoon rest a marvelous marbled look). By twisting or rolling the clay together, you will incorporate the pieces into one bicolored mass. Don't blend the colors completely.

Roll out the clay to the thickness of rolled cookies. Lay your hand on the clay and trace it with a pencil. Then have a grown-up use the butter knife to carefully cut it out. Place the bowl upside down on the baking sheet. Lift the clay hand gently with a spatula and lay it on the bowl. Have a grown-up transfer the baking sheet to the oven. The curve of the bowl will curve the spoon rest as it bakes. Bake for 30 minutes. Have a grown-up remove the sheet from the oven. Let the hand rest cool.

Reprinted with permission from Lotions, Potions and Slime: Mudpies and More © 1996 by Nancy Blakey, Tricycle Press, P.O. Box 7123, Berkeley, Ca 94707.

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