Make a decorative replica that’s beautiful enough to display in the Palace of Versailles, where the Sun King lived and reigned.
The King of France, Louis XIV, who enlarged the Chateau (Palace) of Versailles was known as the Sun King. He became king when he was only 5 years old! Find out why he was called the Sun King, where Versailles is located, and other information about this famous king.
Create the sun’s face. With the palms of your hands, roll Crayola® Air-Dry Clay into a Ping-Pong ball size. Flatten it on a clean, washable surface to form the sun’s face.
Using your fingers and small bits of clay, add the eyes, nose, and mouth. You can use a toothpick to help shape the features. To attach the pieces, make small X’s (cross-hatches) on the face where you want to place the pieces and also on the piece itself. Wet with a damp finger and attach.
Make the rays. Roll out a baseball-size amount of clay with a rolling pin. With a craft stick, cut out leaf-shaped rays. With a toothpick, draw lines on each leaf to form ribs and veins. Attach rays to the sun. Add more decorations if you like. Air-dry the clay at least 3 days.
Cover your art surface with newspaper. Decorate the sunburst with gold Crayola Premier Tempera and Paint Brushes. Air-dry the paint overnight.
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