Pluffy™ Solar System Mobile
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Pluffy™ Solar System Mobile

Create your own model of the solar system from Pluffy™ clay. This project is great for a science fair project or as an outta this world piece of decor.
Age Range: 6-8
Messy Rating:
1 2 3 4 5
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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 Sculpey® Pluffy™ Variety Packs, small

Sculpey® Pluffy™ Variety Packs

 

Material List

  • Pluffy™ Clay – Classic and Tropical Variety Packs
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Corrugated Cardboard (Approximately 12"x18")
  • Heavy Metal Sewing Needle
  • Ruler
  • Long Stiff Wire (4")
  • Fishing Line (About 80")
 

Project Instructions

To Create Solar System Display

Step 1 Cut out an oval shape from cardboard about 11" diameter.

Step 2 Mark center dot and draw nine ovals around the center point from small to large. Make a dot on each oval for planet placement.

Step 3 With needle, poke a hole in each dot.

 

 

Creating the Planets

Step 1 Create planets starting with the smallest.

Step 2 Pluto: Using orange clay, roll a 5/8" ball.

Step 3 Mercury: Lightly mix red clay and white clay to get a marbled look. Roll a 3/4" ball.

Step 4 Mars: Using red clay, roll a 7/8" ball.

Step 5 Neptune: Using yellow clay, roll a 1-1/8" ball.

Step 6 Venus: Using white clay, roll a 1-1/8" ball.

Step 7 Earth: Lightly mix blue, green, and white clay to get a marbled look. Roll a 1-1/4" ball.

Step 8 Uranus: Using blue clay, roll a 1-1/2" ball.

Step 9 Jupiter: Lightly mix red, blue and green clay to get a marbled look. Roll a 2" ball.

Step 10 Saturn: Lightly mix green and yellow clay to get a marble look. Roll a 1-1/8" ball. Make a coil from white clay and add around the ball for rings.

Step 11 Sun: Lightly mix red, orange and yellow and roll a 2-1/2" ball.

Step 12 With wire, poke hole through each planet. Place planets on a clay dedicated baking sheet. Bake according to instructions above. Allow to cool completely.

 

Creating the Solar System Model

Step 1 Cut fishing line into nine pieces. Tie knots in one end of each length and pull knotted fishing line through each planet.

Step 2 Tie other ends through holes in cardboard circle in this order: Sun in center; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto around edge.

Tips

Baby wipes are a great way to clean up after playing with clay!

Craft Notes

Start with clean hands and work area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 130°C (275°F for U.S. customers) for 15 minutes per 6mm (1/4") of thickness. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT exceed the above temperatures or recommended baking time. Baking should be completed by an adult. Wash hands after use. For best results, clean hands in between colors.