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Make Your Own
Make Your Own Clay Covered Yad.
Pointer used while reading
the Torah so body oils don't get on the Torah and helps you keep your place with
the small print.Make Your Own Tallit
ClipsMake Your Own Challah Covers (center pieces for Simcah)
While I was planning my own sons Bar Mitzvahs, we
tried to add
our love of crafts and making Judiaca into the planning.
We had lots of hopes, Ronin and I, over
things we wanted to make ourselves. Decorations, ritual items etc.
Ronin used his caligraphy skills to write his own invitations and we learned together to use rubber stamps and embossing powder/heat gun to make it
look special. Being a boy, I thought he would love to work with a electric
especially one that gives off heat. He and everyone else that watched just loved
it! We were hooked!
With Micah's Bar Mitzvah we added used some other
techniques, clear embossing etc to make his look different then Ronin's.
my embossing invitations pages.
For Ronin's Bar
Mitzvah we bought a tallit that reflected his artistic flair.
He did make a tallit in 6th grade Sunday School for use at Temple for
morning prayers during Sunday School.
For his Bar Mitzvah tallis, we found a blue silk
painted one that has Jerusalem painted on it. He actually has two tallit as my
father's wonderful Rabbi sent him a tradional one as a present. His Zadie and
Bobbie gave him hand painted silk one at his Bar Mitzvah. It
reflects the love of painting and crafts that we both inheritated from my Dad.
I, of course, crocheted a kippah for him that matched.
For Micah's Bar
Mitzvah we had the opportunity to weave a woolen on at the new Weaving program
at our Jewish Community Center. Micah and I wove it together taking turns on the
loom. Micah ended up doing most of it.
To see pictures see: Chadis Crafts Weblinks
Make your own Tallit (tallis)
Jewish Knots and Braiding
ProjectsTallit Knot Tying (Jewish Prayer Shawls)
Make your own
How to Tie Tiztzit
Jewish Camps, Schools, Scouts etc. teach how to braid hemp or gymp. My son's
Sunday school made their own Tallit! This tallit was to be used in prayers
before Sunday school. (so really informal) The choices for material were very
I have since seen great material at Judaica 1-800-Dreidel.com.
See my Jewish resources for
links to them. I highly recommend this project. If you are not ready for this
yet, how about learning to tie the tallis/tallit strings as a great heritage
project instead of just playing around with knots, braiding, etc of hemp or
gymp? A perfect project for Jewish Scouts/Guides and Jewish Camp Crafts.
You can order kosher string online from Judaica stores.
I always bought
mine from the Israel
Bookstore in Brookline MA.
To learn to tie the strings called Tzitzit
check this out:
Tzitzit tying page.
is an educational group geared to university students but has some great
free directions for tying tzitzit including different traditions for typing them. They only have one way at this point. I have asked them to put
back the directions for other traditionns. But here is one version.
How to tie.
the Tzitzith from Chabad.org
Chabad.org's Tying Diagrams
San Jose.org has a pdf file on how to tie a
Tzitzit.San Jose.org's pdf to tie a Tzitzit Sephardi style
Tallit.biz's How to tie a tzizit
Make your own Tallit for real?
Sisterhoods, Temples etc are having classes on making your own tallit. If you
need guidance check out the companies for kits and directions on my Jewish resource page.
Trim a Woman's Tallit
Don't want to tie the
knots or weave the fabric or sew for that matter.
Crochet the edge or the attarah.
See see the wedding veil
that I edged and tallit I also edged and beaded for
Always a great source for any Jewish craft project
Make Your Own Clay
Covered YadSee my Purim Page for a new idea on Clay
Yad's for Purim.
Materials:Sculpey Clay Canes. See my Clay Pages for
help making canes.Wooden YadPermanent Gold
MarkerScrap of White SculpeyCane slicer or other sharp clay
cutter.Wax Paper for clean work surfaceParchment paper to bake
on.Pyrex dish big enough to hold the yad when baking.Clay
Glaze or Future Floor Wax if a shine is wanted.
When you have a last name of Wood as I do, I enjoy
finding and making Judaica out of wood!
With the wonderful help of Lauree at
1-800-dreidel.com we found these beautiful wooden Yads with a gold chain.
(see my jewish resources pages to find
a link to her great company. She still has more yads! )
With the help of
my son Micah, we softened the clay and made a huge cane in blue and white. It
was to be a Jewish Star. When smoothed and rolled, as we used Sculpey a
softer clay, the clay turned into different shades of white and light blue.
The stars came out a little more flower like, but we loved it still.
had been made with a nice finish and actually had 7 spindle turnings. So
we decided to cover only the thick part and leave it to look like beads
with the wood showing in between.
the canes on the yad as thin as I could. I was worried about the weight since
I want Ronin to be able to use this while reading Torah. So I cut the canes as
thin as I could but careful to make it not too fragile. About 1/4".
personalize it I covered a spot on the top with white clay all around the yad.
I marked with a permanent gold marker after baking his first name and the date
of his Bar Mitzvah.
I took off the chain for the baking in the oven. I used my home oven using a pryrex dish
covered with parchment paper.
We have not glazed the clay yet. We have not
decided if we need the protection. We live the feel and look as it is. We may
use Future Floor Wax to give it a little protection with out a heavy gloss or
even satin shine.
See my clay pages to learn how to make the cane slices
used in this craft.
Make your Own Mini
YadsPerfect for Bar/Bat Mitzvah students or Older Teens to use when
reading from the Torah or a prayer book.
I was asked to teach a clay class to 8th and 9th graders at our
Sunday school. It was my son Ronin's class.
I picked a small yad for budget
concerns and the fact that I thought they might want a smaller easier to carry
one. These are made on an aluminum foil frame.
They get excited and used a lot of clay but they probably
used less than an ounce when done. Good thing I reuse the left over canes and
mixed colors!Aluminum foil. I used the precut sheets now sold in
stores. Quicker to teach and neater then you measuring them out for
everyone.Long metal pointy tool to make hole for chain. (optional
hole)Ball chain key chains. (optional)Tooth picks for detail
work on hands.) Safe polymer clay cutting tools or a bulk pack of metal
gymp/lanyard bracelet blanks. Wax paper sheet for each student for a
clean work surface.Baby wipes
To clean hands as they change colors.
Rolling pins, metal tubes or pasta machine for rolling
sheets.Pachment paper to bake on.Pyrex baking dish
use only for baking clay on.
I won't go over the basic how to use clay, see my clay pages for
After making the canes, (most used jelly rolls or canes made using a
few jelly rolls together I gave each a cutting tool and they sliced there canes.
I gave each of them a sheet of the precut aluminum foil.
Fold in half
Fold over about a 1/4" and roll to the end.
Pinch and Twist about the first inch to make the bottom of the
Pinch the tip into a finger shape.
Cover handle with cane
Roll back in forth in hand to smooth the clay.
Cover the hand with a solid color of clay.
Use tooth pick to make
Use pointy metal clay tool to push a hole through for key
Scratch their initials small into the end of the yad about 1/2" from
Bake for about 30-40 minutes at temperature marked on clay
After cooling string through the hole the key chain.
If hole as
closed or moved, you can use an xacto knife carefully and chip off some of the
clay. carefully and slowly...
I will take a picture of the aluminum foil frame
and post later.
Not to brag. But my son Ronin managed to make his initial
into a cane. Taught himself and will have to teach me.!
Make Your Own Tallit Clips
By now if you have been to my site
before, you know how much I like working with clay and rubber stamps! Especially
the ones I fund in the Zum Gali Gali Catalog!
(see my Jewish resources pages for links to their site.
Materials needed for clay project:Sculpey Clay - 1 oz. (should have left
overs.)Rubber StampWax paper to keep table clean.
knife or clay cutting tool/Tallit or other clips.Chain or bead
wire.If using wire, 2 crimp beads.PliersGlue that
works with metal and plastic (Sculpey is a polymer clay.)A chain or
something to make into a chain.Pyrex baking dish.Baby PowderOven
I used blue Sculpey Clay and dusted lightly the rubber stamp with baby
powder to allow easy
release of the clay. I often do this when I am worried about the shape and size
the stamp will leave. Especially when I want to make two that matches. I made
the clay into a ball and pushed down so it ended up about 1/4" or so thick.
It is hard to see the design of the band playing.
I took a little bit of clay and rolled on a piece of wax paper (to keep the
clay clean and the clay from your table) a thin long snake. I twisted the snake
rolling over and over. I wrapped it around the edge of the stamp to give it a
frame look. Cutting off the extra.
After baking I dusted lightly
my glaze covered paint brush with gold metallic clay powder. This helps the
design show and makes the clay look more professional.
As you can see there
is no chain yet. The clips I bought, again after much searching, from Lauree
at 1-800-dreidel.com did not come with a chain. They were not made specificly for
I will glue the clay onto
the clips. These clips did not come with and attached chain. There is a loop to add
a chain to the clips.
Ronin, being my son, loves beads. I tried a few
different beads with a matte finish to make something beaded without it looking
girlish. I used a soft wire and crimp beads to bead the chains.
theme though of the band for his clips, was an easy choice. We are making a set
for his dad and my father. Ronin's name in Hebrew means Joy and Singing. He
plays mallets/bells in his Band at Junior High. He also plays paino a
little. My husband for fun plays
violin and viola in the York River Community Symphony and the Friedlach Klezmer
Band. (Both are volunteer bands. The Klezmer group only plays for Charities!)
So I knew I wanted this stamp as soon as I saw it! It comes in two sizes, this
is the smaller one. Of course I bought both!
I MAY be offering through my business, Chadis Crafts and Kippot, some special
orders for Yads and Tallit Clips in the future.
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