What you needLarge okra pod
Silica gel for drying
2 colors of polymer clay
(scraps are fine)
3 inches of Thin round leather cord
6 inches of Thin craft wire
Acrylic paints and brush
Wooden craft stick
Use silica gel to dry the okra according to package directions. (It may take 3 days or longer to dry the pod, especially if you’re drying more than one at a time.)
Fold the leather cord in half and wrap the wire around the folded end of the cord several times to form the tongue of the lizard. Attach this tongue to the body by wrapping the other end of the wire around the dried okra just below the stem end.
After you’ve conditioned your polymer clay to make it pliable, chop it into small chunks, about the size of peas. Toss the pea-sized pieces of various colors together until they’re randomly mixed. Then press them firmly together into a slab, approximately 1 1/2″ wide x 4″ long x 1 high. (These measurements are approximate because the size of the okra pod will vary, and the clay should be cut to suit the proportions of the okra.–Big okra makes a big lizard, small okra makes a small one, so the amount of clay needed will vary.)
With a blade, cut the clay slab into three lengthwise slices, each about 1 1/2″ x 4″ x 3/8″. Lay the okra pod on one slice so that the place where the tongue is attached is about an inch from the end; the tongue will extend beyond the clay. Pinch the sides of the clay slice up firmly around the sides of the okra. This will be the body; the okra should extend beyond the clay in back–this is the tail.
Cut the second slice of clay in half crosswise and lay it on top of the okra, covering the wire and the base of the tongue. Pinch this slice together with the lower, “body” clay slice around the okra to form the sides of the head and neck. The tongue will stick out between the ends of the two slices. Now you can trim the front ends of the top and bottom clay slices (where the tongue sticks out) into points, to form the lizard’s slightly open mouth.
Cut the third clay slice into 4 strips, each 3/4″ x 2″ x 3/8″. Attach these to the body to form the legs. With your craft stick or plastic knife, make grooves for “toes.”
Make eyes by forming two small clay balls, the size of small peas. Put them on the upper head, and attach them by poking with the point of the pencil to make pupils.
Bake according to the package directions for your brand of clay.
When the lizard has cooled, paint its okra back and tail with acrylic paints. Be bold in your choice of colors and patterns. Have fun!