And you make New Year crafts with your own handssymbol of the New Year? Each year in the Chinese calendar has its own symbol in the form of an animal. So the next 2015 will be the year of the blue sheep (in another version of the goat). A question may arise: what is the relationship between manual work and the symbols of the new year. And the answer is simple. There is a belief that if you give a souvenir in the New Year with a picture or an animal - a symbol of the coming year, then for the whole year, this souvenir will become a kind of talisman that brings luck and success to its owner. So if you make such a souvenir with your own hands, and not just buy it in a store, then it will have even more positive energy, due to the part of the soul of the master who created it. That is why, we advise you to get acquainted with our master class of the New Year craft, the sheep - the symbol of 2015. We propose to execute it in a mixed technique, which will allow you to once again practice your skills and knowledge relating to various types of needlework. Since the technique is mixed, then materials with tools for the New Year crafts will need a variety of:
- Clay is quick-drying in the air. It is sometimes called paste for modeling curing. It is advisable to buy one that is white, but if you find a different color, it is also not terrible, since the hardened product can always be painted with acrylic paints in the desired color.
- Acrylic colors (gouache can also be used,but after drying it can still be smeared, unlike acrylic ones). Actually the whole gamut of colors is not necessary, you will need only pink (you can replace it with red) and white.
- Yarn. Since the next year is the year of the blue sheep, it is better to choose the appropriate color of the yarn. In our example, a thread of sectional dyeing and in it there are both white (natural for lambs) and blue-blue (for the sake of the symbol). The quality and thickness of the thread does not matter.
- Felt. Blue and white, each little by little, you can use the remains of past hand-craft projects.
- Eyes for toys.
- Cardboard. It is necessary for making a pompon. It's not necessary to take a new one and a good one, you can use some unnecessary cardboard packaging, because after the pom-pon is ready - the cardboard blank will become unusable.
- A ribbon or ribbon decorative, if you plan to make a toy hanging.
- Sewing thread in the tone of felt.
- Glue is of two kinds: "Moment. Crystal "and" hot "silicone adhesive.
New Year's work of the lamb is not veryquickly, because the work uses clay. Despite the fact that it is considered to be quick-drying, but still the rate of solidification depends on the size of the product, the larger the object that is molded from it, the longer it dries. That's why we recommend starting work on the sheep from the stage of sculpting from clay. To continue working on other parts of the craft, the head (it is molded from clay) has had time to dry. Blind head for a lamb is not difficult. Form a small piece of clay first ball, and then give it the shape of an elongated sheep's muzzle. Make eye sockets, which will be glued on the eyes. If you did not find a decorative eye, you can make them from clay, rolling for this two small balls and attaching them to the eye sockets. Then, when the workpiece dries, you simply paint them, draw a pupil. In addition to the eye sockets on the face of the sheep, press several grooves to mark the nose and mouth of the lamb (see photo). Do not forget to dangle the dangling ears of the lamb. Glue them to the head, to do this, lightly moisten the parts with water. To get rid of the cracks that have arisen on the clay, too, moisten your hands with water and smooth out the entire surface of the craft. It will turn out such a head. Now it can be put to dry. We continue the master class on New Year's craftsown hands. While the shearing of the head of the lamb hardens, you can proceed to the manufacture of her body. To do this, you will need to make a pompom that perfectly simulates a shaggy sheepskin coat. We have more than once published on our website articles on how to make a pompom with your own hands. But as they say, "Repetition is the mother of learning," so let us once again show the stages of its manufacture. First, cut two identical circles from cardboard. Their size will depend on the size of the pompom, so focus on the size of the lamb's head, so that the pompon - the future body of the lamb looked more or less proportionally. To not be too small or too large relative to the head. Inside each circle, cut out the central part,The smaller this hole, the less sumptuous pom-pon you will get, provided the winding is complete. Conversely, if the hole is large and completely filled with yarn then a very fluffy pompon is obtained. Both cardboard blanks are stacked with each other, equalizing them at the same time. Wind the yarn so that the inner hole is almost completely hidden. Sliding the cardboard slightly, insert the scissors between these parts and cut the yarn, exactly in the center. Put a piece of the same thread in the middle and tighten it tightly, wrapping it around several times before. Cardboard can be removed and in front of you pom-pom. Only while its form is correct - correct it with scissors. Since this article is not intended to be accuratea copy of this sheep, we propose to make the sheep not only legs, but also "handles", dressing them in the winter - in felt boots and mittens. Cut these details out of the blue felt. Their shape and size are arbitrary. Do each pair in double quantity. Cut the cord into four parts of the segment: two sublines and two shorter ones. On one side of each segment, tie a knot. On the tip of the cord, which is without a knot, sew from two sides the details of the felt boots (for long pieces) and mittens (for short ones), as shown in the photo. From white felt cut out strips the size of sufficient to cover them with felt boots and mittens. An imitation of the fur edge will be obtained. We continue the master class on the creation of the New Yearcrafts. Now it's time to check whether the head of the lamb has hardened. If so, you can continue to work by following our step-by-step instructions. If not, you will have to wait for this moment and then continue. So, if the clay was white, you can safely leave everything, as it is, if the color was not suitable, then paint it with colors. After tinting a little nose, lips and inner part of the ears of the lamb with pink color. We did not have a pink color available, so we had to mix white and red to the desired shade. With glue "Moment" glue the eyes of the lamb. For this purpose, this glue fits well. And here's the very head to stick to the body(pompon) need "hot" glue, because the "Moment" here can not cope. To do this, warm up a special gun with glue and apply a softened hot glue to the pompon, slightly pushing the protruding threads. If you are planning, then this New Year's lambhang somewhere, then cut a piece of string suitable for you to length and glue this ribbon first, and then on top of the lamb's head. Similarly, glue the legs and "handles" of the sheep, and the nodules will help that the bonding area due to them increases and eventually the cord will not open. Our master class on creating a New Year craftwith my own hands, came to its logical conclusion. The sheep is ready. It can be presented to someone as a souvenir, and you can leave it for yourself and it will become a good talisman for 2015.