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Claycrete Hieroglyphic Project

Time: 2 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: Soap & Water

AMACO Claycrete
Pencil & Paper
Assorted Colors of Tempera Paint
Paint Brush
Waxed Paper

Create your own Hieroglyphic using papier mache!


  • Step 1
    Show students examples of Egyptian Hieroglyphics and have them draw their own design.
  • Step 2
    Mix Claycrete according to directions on package (package includes detailed instructions).
  • Step 3
    Spread Claycrete onto the waxed paper in the shape of a rectangle, ours measures 15x8" and approximately 3/4" thick.
  • Step 4
    While Claycrete is still damp have the students use a pencil or the opposite end of a paint brush to carve their designs into the surface of the rectangles.
  • Step 5
    Allow Claycrete designs to dry several days.
  • Step 6
    Once the Claycrete is dry, use the tempera to paint the indented carvings.
  • Optional Tip 1
    To make the hieroglyphics look ancient water down some brown, ochre and gray tempera then wash slightly over the entire design. As an added effect, you can also wash only in desired areas like the example above.

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