TOCP diy family: St. Spyridon clay ornament

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– 1 cup baking soda

– 1/2 cup cornstarch

– water

-stove top

– a small or medium pot

– spatula

– paper towel

– cookie cutters

– parchment paper

– a straw

– pan

– ribbon

– fine point sharpie

– scissors       – gold acrylic paint       – foam and paint brushes       – an icon of St. Spyridon


1.  Learn more about St. Spyridon: “He took part in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea (325), where he was instrumental in countering the theological arguments of Arius and his followers.  He reportedly converted a pagan philosopher to Christianity by using a potsherd to illustrate how one single entity (a piece of pottery) could be composed of three unique entities (fire, water and clay); a metaphor for the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.  As soon as Spyridon finished speaking, the shard is said to have miraculously burst into flame, water dripped on the ground, and only dust remained in his hand (other accounts of this event say that it was a brick he held in his hand).” (Learn more here) and (here)

2. With your family make your “potsherd or brick” clay: Add 1/2 cup of cornstarch and 1 cup of baking soda to the pot (clay), then 3/4 cup of water (water).  Then put the mixture on the stove top using medium to low heat (fire) and mix together with a spatula until it looks like mashed potatoes.  Remove from heat and place in a bowl to cool with a damp paper towel on top.

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3. When it’s cool enough to touch, take it out and kneed the dough removing any air bubbles.  Then roll the clay flat to 1/4 inch in thickness, using cookie cutters to make shapes.  I used a circle for this one, but Fr. Thomas and I made other shapes for fun as well.

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4.  Lay each shape onto the pan lined with parchment paper, and use the straw to make a hole on the top.

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5. With your family, place in 175 degree oven for 45 minutes then flip and bake again for 45 minutes.  Let cool, and get ready to decorate (once they are fully dry).

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6.  Looking at the icon and using the sharpie marker, draw St. Spyridon onto your clay.

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7. Let dry.  Then with your gold paint and brush, paint the back, front, and around him.  Leave St. Spyridon white to remember him, and the miracle at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea.

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8. After the paint dries, cut the ribbon, loop through, and tie a knot.

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9. Give as a gift or hang on your tree.

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