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Maori Koru Pendant

Make a necklace inspired by the art of the Maori people of New Zealand. The Maori came to New Zealand about 1,000 years ago, and their culture and traditions continue to thrive today. Maori art uses many symbols inspired by nature, such as the spiral shape of an unfurling silver fern known as the koru. It stands for hope, new life, and personal growth.

What You’ll Need
  • polymer clay
  • foil
  • baking sheet
  • string or cord
What You’ll Do
  1. Use polymer clay to make a 9-inch-long snake-like shape that is wide at one end and thin at the other.
  2. Place foil on a baking sheet and arrange the shape into a spiral. With an adult’s help, bake the clay according to the instructions. Let the spiral cool.
  3. Use string or cord to make a lanyard.


Photo by: Guy Cali Associates, Inc. | Craft Sample by: Buff McAllister

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