Monday, April 26, 2010

Beeswax Snail Tutorial

Since a few of you asked about making your own beeswax snails I thought I would post a quick tutorial. They are very simple and easy to make.


The girls (very much used) beeswax collection

Supplies:
- empty snail shell
- a little stockmar modeling beeswax in your choice of color (a little goes a long way with this stuff)



Start out by warming a small piece of beeswax in your hands. Alternatively you could warm up your beeswax by wrapping it in an old cloth and putting it on a hot water bottle.



Once the beeswax is warm and pliable roll a piece between your hands until it looks like a snake, this will be the snail's body. Then take a tiny piece and roll it the same way you did the first one and set that smaller piece aside (This will become the snail's eyes).



Now mold your snail's body to whatever position you desire. Round the head a little bit and bring his tail to a slight point.



Grab the smaller piece you set aside and break it in half. Press on one end of each half with your finger tips until it's flat.



Then place one piece where you see fit on the snail's head. Gently rub it into place, it will blend in with the rest of the snail when you have rubbed it in enough. Repeat on the other side. Trim the eyes to desired length.



Now stand your snail up and press down a little on his back so that his shell will have a place and so that he can stand on his own.



Very gently press the shell on to his back being careful not to crack the shell and voila! You have your very own Old Father Sliffslaff-Slibberslak! Please let me know if you have any questions.



Wishing you all a wonderful week!

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29 comments:

Mat. Emily said...

So, so cute! We'll have to make a few:)

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

This is beyond precious--- I think we'll make some today!

boatbaby said...

So sweet and simple! Thanks for the inspiration Nicole! I love coming here for creative ideas :)

Kelly and Kelly said...

very cute!

healing hillary said...

What a little cute...love the lady bug on the stump too!

Joy said...

I wish we could find snail's shells like that here! Maybe we can find something to use while we're at the beach this summer.

tulsileaf said...

So cute.

We need to get some beeswax, it looks so f un to play with.

Naturalearthfarm said...

What a clear tutorial Nicole. Thank you for sharing.

Beth said...

This is an adorable little activity. Nicole, go see Acorn Pies today for the posting about the Velveteen Kitty. love, Beth

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

How cute, I missed the first post...
Oh the things my girls make form their bits of beeswax! Sometimes they do so much modeling they give themselves blisters!
Hope you had a nice quiet with no computer, so good to do that sometimes.
Enjoy your day! xo

Jennifer said...

Very sweet, he looks adorable.

Ramos Family said...

So sweet! Thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely make one once we are in our new house.

Have a wonderful week! :o)

Nicole said...

so sweet... i truly miss snails here in colorado.
quick question - where do you buy your materials? i've seen many german books and now the 'bienenwachs' on your blog?
have a beautiful day...
nicole

Chrismated in Coffeeland said...

I love the snail shells! We never see snails though we are supposed to have them we just see slugs and more slugs.

We have used pistachio shells to make snails for those who cant find snail shells.

momma rae said...

i am lustful of your hot water bottle cover!! i don't think i commented when you first posted it. that a hot water bottle could be so gorgeous was a whole new concept to me!!

One Acre Homestead said...

What a lovely, lovely way to store your beeswax...I've just relocated mine to one of my favorite canning jars and sat it up on the bar beside the kitchen sink...the translucent colors are just amazing. Thank you!

Homesteadgirl said...

Oh, so cute!!! Must go out and find some snail shells SOON!

Homesteadgirl said...

Oh, so cute!!! Must go out and find some snail shells SOON!

Stephanie said...

Oh, must find snail shells TODAY! Very sweet!

Amber said...

I actually made one the other day after seeing your other post! I had been wondering how to make a snail using an empty snail shell... I was thinking of felting one! But wax is so much easier, did not even think! Except we put the shell on backwards! Woops!

erin said...

This is so cute, and looks like something fun I can do with my little kiddies. Thanks!

Imene said...

These are so cute. We just got some beeswax, that would be a wonderful project

angelina said...

love your snail theme!
xxxx

liebchenhut said...

Would you please share directions for making the hot water bottle cover?

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

Thank you everyone. I would love to see pics of yours :) They really are a lot of fun to make.

Joy - I'll send the girls on a mission to find some to mail you, we've found 3 or 4 so far so they seem to be pretty easy to come by :)

Nicole - We buy a lot of our supplies at our school store but I think they order them from Mercurius-usa. I think waldorfsupplies.com carries a lot of the things we use, too as does novanatural.com. HTH!

Thank you for the sweet words on our hot water bottle cover. We love it and I no longer get burns all over my body :) I used this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/FrontierDreams/hot-water-bottle-cozy

HTH! Thanks againg everyone. XO

softearthart said...

This is cool, I will hand it on to my sister who has two little ones, cheers Marie

Jacqui said...

Old Father Sliffslaffslibberslack is our favourite piece in the Root Children. James always laughs at the name. What a lovely craft. thanks for sharing it.

Moment to Moment said...

How beautiful, my little girl will love these....

Anonymous said...

Lovely! Can't wait to do this tomorrow. Thank you!

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