Okay, this is a very simple project and my first tutorial so no laughing please. Now why on earth would I want to make a walnut shell, you ask? Er, good question. But off the top of my head I can think of a few ideas:
If you make or collect mice, there are a million uses for walnut shells. For example, a bath tub, a bed, a sled, a crib (as shown below).
And for you Fairy lovers out there, same thing. In addition to accessories for your wee ones, you could make Christmas ornaments or even a little box by making two halves.
Anyway, since people have asked, here is the tutorial I've promised.
Okay, here goes:
STEP 1: MAKE A FORMER
To the left is a wooden piece from a craft store, and a hand-made former from scrap clay as an example. If you use clay, you just need to form with your hands a sort of roundish egg shape, and bake it per the manufacturer's instructions.
STEP 2: PREPARE THE CLAY FOR THE SHELL
Okay, there are no real rules here. The type of clay and colors you choose are up to you. In fact, I have no idea what colors I've used before so I'm just winging it. This time I chose the following colors: Fimo Desert Sand, Premo Ecru, and Fimo Translucent. Just find some images of walnut shells on the internet as a reference and I'm sure you can come up with the perfect color!
STEP 3: FORMING THE SHELL
Now it's time to cure it in the oven (again according to the manufacturer's instructions).
STEP 4: COLORING YOUR SHELL
NOTE: Another option is to go to the store, buy a walnut, eat the walnut, keep the shell. But that's not as much fun in my opinion. :-P