The instructions are as follows:
1. Submerge your Chia in water for 1 hour.
I didn't expect this step for some reason. But it gave me a little pleasure to think that if I submerged my Obama, and I forgot about it for days, it would crumble into clay dust in the bucket.
The bucket was swiped from the kitchen. It was a relief no one noticed me walking to my office with a bucket of water. Explaining would have only increased my feelings of guilt for spending work time on this project.
This is my favorite picture so far:
He looks so peaceful, submerged in the bucket.
2. In a separate container, mix 2 teaspoons of Chia Seeds and 1/4 cup of water. Allow to sit for 1 hour, stirruing mixture occasionally to moisten the seeds. The seeds will form a gel-like paste which will help seeds adhere to your Chia Obama.
Also, I thought I'd wash yesterday's breakfast dish. Oatmeal.
After an hour, the Obama head looked basically the same, but the seeds were positively gelatenous. As per usual, I did not really read the directions thoroughly, so I did not mix the seed goo during the soaking hour. I think it'll be fine.
3. Fill Chia Obama with water and place in drip tray provided. Apply seed mixture to the grooved surfaces of your Chia, using your fingers, or a small knife or spoon. Take care not to clump seeds. You may not use all of the seed mixture.
I was toying with different ideas regarding a Chia goatee or Chia 'stache. In the end, I went with Chia ear-hair as it was the option in which I had the most confidence. Keep your fingers crossed.
The seed smearing process was a bit messier than I had anticipated. And because it was so gooey, I felt more like I was inseminating Chia Obama rather than sowing seeds on his head. The seed goo was not super easy to handle, but I was pleased by how it adhered to the terraces in Obama's head.
And now we wait...