On the "Pokemon" television show and in the video games, trainers obtain gym badges for defeating gym leaders throughout the Pokemon world. The badges have names like Forest Badge, Coal Badge and Icicle Badge and often take a shape related to their name. Young Pokemon fans interested in collecting or wearing their own Pokemon badges can create replicas out of clay. Air dry clay, which is easy for little hands to condition, requires no baking to harden, comes in many colours, and provides the perfect badge-making material.
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Things you need
- Air dry craft clay
- Plastic craft mat
- Rolling pin
- Plastic craft clay knife
- Jewellery glue (optional)
- Coloured markers (optional)
- Fine-grain sand paper (optional)
View pictures of the badges in your Pokemon video game, in a Pokemon game guide book or online at a site such as Pokemon Neoseeker. Select a badge to make with clay.
Start with the colour for the base or back of the gym badge. Remove that clay from its packaging.
Work the clay with your hands, squeezing it, rolling it and flattening it between your palms to soften it up.
Place the clay on the plastic craft mat, then flatten it as much as you can with your hand.
Run the rolling pin over the clay until it is smooth and about 1/4 inch thick.
Press the clay knife into the clay and cut out a shape that resembles the shape of the badge.
Remove the cut piece from the rest of the clay and smooth the edges with your fingers.
Repeat steps 3 to 7 for any other pieces that make up the badge. Some styles have a different coloured piece in the centre.
Press to join the badge pieces together according to the design you're recreating. Some will join on the sides but most will layer one piece on top of the other for the final three-dimensional design.
Smooth the entire design with your fingers when done, then set aside to dry for 24 hours or the time specified on the clay packaging.
Tips and warnings
- Glue a pin backing to the back of the badge after it dries to create a badge you can wear.
- After the clay is dry, draw on it with markers to add tiny details.
- Use fine-grain sandpaper to eliminate any rough spots on the dried clay.
- Keep unused clay in an airtight plastic container or plastic bag to prevent it from drying out prematurely.
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