Scythian History Co-op. Week 4: Metalworking

Week 4: We made gold medallions.

The Scythians were master metal workers. Many Scythian gold objects have been found in burial mounds. Animal designs appear on a large proportion of the items. Some had decorative purposes such as adorning ceremonial weapons, thrones, crowns, and jewelry. Others were used for horse bridals and to decorate the centers of shields.

Since we didn't have the money or expertise to work with gold, our medallions were constructed from polymer clay.

First a piece of clay was rolled flat and cut into a circular shape.

Next, animal and other designs were added to the base.

The clay medallions were baked and then "precious gems and stones" were added. We substituted beads for the stones and gems.

Lastly the clay was painted with gold model paint to look like real gold.

To read more about our history co-op activities click on one of the cultures below.
Ancient China


  1. Coming over to visit from Red Oak Lane. These are really nice! What a great idea! :-)

  2. This one could be adapted to fit a lot of ancient cultures :) love it - what kind of gold paint is that? looks wonderful

  3. I love these!!! What a difference when they are painted gold!! Great idea! What kind of gold paint is that? It looks great!

    Thank you for linking up!

  4. Very nice project! So smart to use the polymer clay and then paint it! Thanks for linking.

  5. The gold paint is model paint.

  6. Great project. I love how art, history, geography, life skills, etc. all link together in life and in homeschooling.

  7. A very effective idea! The gold paint is fab. Thanks for linking to Science Sparks

  8. This turned out SO cute! What a clever idea! I am featuring this at TGIF this week - Come stop on by and grab and I was featured button & link up what you've been up to this week!
    Beth =)

  9. They look so real! This is a fantastic project. Thanks for linking it up to the history and geography meme.

  10. What a great project for all the kids snowed in in the Northeast. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


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