From the creepy-slithery world comes this dimensional snake that sits up and tries to give you a friendly lick! The construction is simple tab and slot assembly, with paper clay eyes and tongue for the finished effect. Designed by Lennis Rodriguez.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Butterscotch - 32
  • Pastel Yellow - 3
  • Cheddar - 85
  • Parrot Green - 297
  • Plum - 33
  • Purple - 640
  • Black - 52
  • Fire Stripe - 86

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:

  • Paper clay - light yellow, pink
  • Quick-drying adhesive

Step 2

Download the PDF for the S-S-S-Snake! Project Pattern. You will use 2 large square pegboards—part of the project is worked on two connected pegboards as shown in the project sheet. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place your beads following the pattern.

Step 3

Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.

Step 4

Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.

Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.

Step 5
Step 5

ASSEMBLY: Hold the head/neck of your snake vertically with the head facing away from you so you are looking down on the head. This top view is what is represented here.

Step 6
Step 6

Insert the A pieces on either side of the head through the vertical slot A closest to the front of the head. The two A pieces will interlock. Repeat for the B pieces in the two B slots, and the C pieces in the four C slots.

Step 7
Step 7

Align the Coil Top with the Coil base, then insert the snake’s head/neck piece into the slot to a depth of two beads. This will hold the head erect. Insert the tail into the other slot in the base.

Step 8
Step 8

Use light yellow paper clay to create 2 spheres approximately 1/2 inch in diameter. Push a black bead halfway into the center of each of the spheres.

For the tongue, create a long piece with pink paper clay and make it flat. Model it to the shape shown below with the forked end. Next, shape the length up and down as shown at bottom. Let dry.

Step 9
Step 9

After the clay is dry, glue the eyes and tongue into position as shown. Let the glue dry completely.

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