Ice-cool summer gear
If you're tired of spending all day indoors watching TV or playing computer games because it's just too hot to head outside, here's an alternative way to spend your time.
Paper clay is a non-toxic modelling material that dries in the air. You don't have to bake it to make it go hard.
A lighter version of paper clay, known as soft light clay - or air-dry clay - is even easier to use, and the perfect choice for summer projects. It's easy to shape into almost any form you like, even jewellery.
Clay artist Carol Lau Hiu-hung teaches Young Post readers how to make an ice cream scoop that won't melt in the summer heat.
1 pack soft light clay
Rings with a flat pad
White glue or craft glue
Take a small portion of clay and roll it into a ball about 3 centimetres in diameter. Flatten it slightly and add a drop of a light-coloured oil paint, such as yellow, onto the clay and knead until evenly spread.
Next add a drop of a darker shade and stretch the clay outwards to create a swirl. For example, to make strawberry cheesecake 'flavour', add a drop of pink. Add orange for apricots and cream, brown for tiramisu or black for cookies and cream.
Roll the clay gently into a ball again. Pick a part where the swirl looks best for the top of the ring, and slightly flatten the bottom. Use the toothbrush to make marks on the ball to make it look more like ice cream.
Roll the toothpick against the edge of the 'scoop' to make it look like ice cream that has just been scooped out of the tub.
Pick up sticker crystals using tweezers and apply a small amount of glue to the back. Place them on the scoop of ice cream. Then put some glue on the bottom of the scoop and stick it onto the flat pad of the ring.
When the glue is dry, you'll have your very own dessert jewellery. Make some for your friends, or make different 'flavours' to wear with different outfits.
Remember, although this 'ice cream' won't melt in the heat, it will dissolve if you get it wet, so make sure you take your ring off before washing your hands.
Soft white clay can be purchased in most stationery shops.
Find decorative materials in Sham Shui Po (Yu Chau Street sells lots of accessories for making jewellery), Mong Kok and Prince Edward.
Visit www.carol-clayart.com for more information about clay and classes.