Chinese Zodiac:
12 Animal Signs
Salt Dough Craft

The Story of Chinese Zodiac

Hm...Chinese Zodiac sounds familiar, isn't it? 

Did you remember when someone ask a question: what is your animal sign?  Aha...someone might trying to find out your age or your personality.

Some people believed that  someone's year of birth that represented by certain animal  has  great influences to the person character, personality, fortune and even destiny. 

Indeed the 12 animal signs are becoming popular in the world, not just for Chinese people but almost everyone. 

These animals  inspired  Clayitnow  to create salt dough craft. 

Chinese zodiac, 12 animal signs, salt dough craft

There are many stories told in Chinese family about the beginning of the zodiac. 

One story said it was a time when Budda about to depart from the earth and calling all the animals to bid him farewell but only 12 animals appeared.

So the 12 animals received an honor because the years were then named after them following their arrival time upon the call. 

12 Animals in Chinese Zodiac

If you want to see other version and more detail stories, the following book might interest you.

Chinese Zodiac Animals: explains the traits of each animal sign and what luck the future might hold for the person born under that sign.

So what is your animal sign?

Alright! you might want to check out your zodiac sign now. So what year were you born? Here is a quick guide for you:













: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

: 1937, 1949, 1961,  1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

: 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

: 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

: 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

The character of your zodiac:

saltdough, rat


Intelligent, Adaptable, Quick-witted

saltdough, ox


Loyal, Reliable, Steady, determined

saltdough, tiger


Ambitious, Confidence, Leadership

saltdough, rabbit


Trustworthy, Modest, Caretakers, Sincere

saltdough, dragon


Lucky, Spiritual, Charismatic

saltdough, snake


Philosophical, Intelligent, Elegant

saltdough, horse


Adaptable, Loyal, Adventurous

saltdough, dragon


Crafty, Warm, Intuitive, Tasteful

saltdough, monkey


Bright, Versatile, Lively, Smart

saltdough, rooster


Honest, Flamboyant, Diverse

saltdough, dog


Sociable, Diligent, Loyal, Lively

saltdough, dragon


Philanthropic, Determined, Sociable

How to paint salt dough: 

By the way, we've received many emails asking if we can show you how to paint salt dough. If you are one of them, please feel free to watch our video tutorial by clicking the image below.

how to paint salt dough, saltdough

The 12 animal signs design idea in soft clay and cold porcelain clay:

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