Chadis Crafts' Fun Pages -
Chadis Crafts' Fun Pages -
What are visiting artists?
Fellow crafters, in this
case of Jewish Crafts, that have unique craft projects they are willing to
share but do not have a web page to post them on. I am posting their crafts on
my site for you to be inspired or to use their great
Have a craft or Jewish craft to share?
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I was thrilled to see these pictures posted on J-Crafts (Yahoo
group) Her crafts are exactly what I was hoping to post for inspiration for my
Fun Pages. A teacher willing to make heirlook quality crafts in a class for
childreen/teens for camp, scout or school setting.
After years of teaching
crafts myself and as a parent, I have long been tored of children taking home
crafts made of paper I have no where left to hang or air dried clay etc that quickly falls apart.
Sharon says:"All the projects require
a lot of prep and/or special tools or materials. They are what you might
call 'heirloom quality' projects and are not be undertaken lightly( time and
These are inspirational lessons.
The information provided here
are not full instructions but I thought you might enjoy them.
Morrison's Beaded Yad
Yads are an attempt to have a high-success
project for older kids, 11-
13. Glass beads are purchased, with a custom molded resin 'hand'.
(Her rabbi said he thought a resin hand-part would be fine). She
drilled a hole into the hand and inserted a length of piano wire
(music wire). Her daughter picked the beads and she used epoxy to
attach the hand and the end.
The yad uses a custom cast 'hand' she made using polyurethane resin and a
custom mold (that she made using silicone rubber). She wanted the hands to be of good
quality so that the project becomes easy and successful. Kids select the
beads and string them onto a piece of paino wire (stiff spring steel). Use
epoxy or similar glue to attach hand and end bead. Older kids could also
embellish with spirals or loops of fine wire with seed beads. Nice glass
beads are pricey, but they can be mail-ordered or gotten on sale. Bead cost
could be $1-$5 for one yad. She is not sure how to substitute for the resin
hand - polymer clay might work, but is not that strong for the index finger.
Maybe reinforce the finger with a small piece of wire. Epoxy putty is a stronger option for hand-molded hands.
Eileen also has made yads out of polymer clay using polymer clay hands
and also clay on wood
yads. See: mini yads and her purim
Sharon Morrison's Jerusalem Tzedakah
tzedaka boxes are a tried and true project that she has
made with 4th-6th graders. She cast all the bricks using a high
strength plaster, tinted to resemble Jerusalem limestone. The
windows are closed with recycled plastic. The lids come off to
remove the coins.
The tzedaka box uses bricks from molds from www.castlemolds.com The
molds are pricey and take time and effort to produce enough bricks for a
class of kids. (Takes about 45 bricks, plus several arches and decorative
pieces to make one building. Not to mention floor tiles for the roof). She
ended up making a some custom molds for the roof coinslot. Finally she made
molds to cast two standard roofs - 3"x3" square and 3"x4" roof.
Morrison's Oil Lamp
The oil lamp is version 1 of a slip cast mold. She uses plaster to make the slip
mold. The plaster takes several days to dry
befoe she can cast the slip. She is trying to make a single wick lamp of
similar design. The original lamps appear to have been unglazed, but
she wants to let the kids use modern glazes. The lamp does burn olive
oil, using cotton yarn or wicking.
The oil lamp does work for burning oil... because it is fired in a
More Jewish Visiting Artists/Crafters on Chadis Crafts Fun
Pages:Lisa Geller's Edibile Sukkah
Rasberry Hamentashen's Isareli Flag Swap Pin
Arlene Bernhardt's Yarmulkah
with the BSA Boy Scouts of America design
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