- Clean hands and paws! This modeling compound attracts fur, dirt and ink.
- Recruit help. Some pets have sensitive paws and resist print making. One person can gently restrain the pet while the other makes the print.
- Adults should assist children when making and decorating paw prints.
- Knead the clay for several minutes until soft and warm. DO NOT soften in a microwave oven as this may 'harden' the clay.
- Roll clay into a ball and place on hard, clean smooth and portable surface (dinner plate, plastic clipboard or a Portable Patty Pad with a Circle Mold).
- Flatten ball into a patty and turn over to reveal smoothest side.
- Lift the portable surface to the pet's paw and center the paw on the clay.
- Firmly, but gently, push the center pad of paw into the clay and , without removing paw, press each toe pad and nail/claw into the clay.
- If print does not meet your standard. start over and try again.
To Decorate a Paw Print Before Baking:
- If you wish to make a Clay Paws print hanging ornament, make one or two small holes using a match stick or crochet needle near the top center of the patty prior to baking. Be sure the opening is wide enough to pass a ribbon through.
- Add a pet's name by using a toothpick, Stylus, or Alphabet Stamp Kit to carve or imprint letters.
- Add decorative items like beads, collar tags or pre-baked charms ... arrange and press items into clay prior to baking. (Note:Decorations used must withstand oven temperatures of 275° - 295°F.)