Modelling & Mosaics

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DIY Magnifying Glass Keyring

Explore all things glass for National Science Week 2022 with the theme “Glass: More than meets the eye”. Make your own Magnifying Glass Keyring using a glass stone!
  • Step 1Cut a 25cm length of armature wire. Wrap the wire around the outer edge of a glass stone as shown to match the shape and size of the stone. Place the stone aside.
  • Step 2Twist the pieces of wire together to create a handle. Create a small loop at the end of one piece of wire using pliers. Twist the other end around the bottom of the loop and position the end back down towards the handle as shown.
  • Step 3Push 40g of clay onto your wire structure, covering the wire with the clay. Make sure your clay isn’t covering the space for your stone – it should cover the wire around but leave a hole in the centre.
  • Step 4Place the glass stone back into the empty space and push the clay around the edges to hold it in place. You may need to work the clay so that it becomes neat around the stone and smooth along the handle.
  • Step 5At the end of the handle, insert a skewer through the clay and the loop in the wire you created in step 2. You may need to remove any excess clay so the handle isn’t bulging. Smooth the clay around the hole and down the handle. Set the clay aside to dry completely.
  • Step 6Once your clay is completely dry, paint the clay using black paint. Allow to dry.
  • CleverTip: Use a disinfectant wipe or glass cleaner and paper towel to clean any dry clay or paint from the glass stone.
  • Step 7Apply a coat of gloss finish to the painted clay and allow to dry.
  • Step 8Clip a snap hook through the hole in the handle of your magnifying glass. Your Magnifying Glass Keyring is now ready to use!

Materials used in this activity

Wooden Skewers - Pack of 100
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Product Code: 15518
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Product Code: 16885
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Paint Brushes - Pack of 12
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Product Code: 18227
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CleverPatch Air Dry Modelling Clay - White - 1kg Pack
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Product Code: 18634
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CleverPatch Gloss Finish - 240ml
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Product Code: 18797
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Chain Nose Pliers - Each
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Product Code: 18864
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Metal Keyring with Snap Hook - Pack of 10
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Product Code: 19054
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