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Original Sculpey® Terra Cotta Fox Pair

Original Sculpey® Terra Cotta Fox Pair

Designed by Phoebe Doehring
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You can create this clever pair of foxes for your desktop in under 2 hours!

1 hour to create 30 minutes to bake
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  • Acrylic Paints: Black, White, Pink
  • Paint brushes
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Project Instructions

Step 1

    Getting Started:
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.

Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.

    Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking/curing; however please note that the baking/curing times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.

Step 2

For each fox figurine you are going to need to roll the following:

• Two 1” balls for the head and the tail • One 1-1/2" ball for the body • One 1/2" ball for the front furry chest area • Four 3/8” balls for the ears and the back feet
photo shows as described

Step 3

Shape one of the 1” balls into a more oblong shape. Pinch and shape a pointed nose in the front and create soft points on either side of the head for the fox’s furry cheeks. Use your thumbs to press down on either side of the nose to make the eye area a bit flat. Set the head aside for a moment.

Take two of the 3/8” balls and flatten them and make them into triangular ear shapes. Attach the ears to the head. Marry the seams using the side edge of your pointed 5 in 1 tool attachment or a toothpick. Finish and smooth with your fingertips. Set aside.

Shape the large 1-1/2" ball into an oblong body shape. Make the top narrower than the bottom. Flatten the top slightly and attach the head to the body. Marry the seams once again by using the side of your 5 in 1 tool and finish by smoothing with your fingertips.

Create two front legs for the fox by making a line halfway down the middle of the body using your 5 in 1 tool. Use the end of a paintbrush to push the clay on either side of this middle line to create and shape two front legs. Use your fingertips to press out two front feet. The end of the paintbrush can help with this too by pressing down. After creating the two front legs you may have to re-do the center line between the two front legs as it may have come together as you were making the legs.

Flatten and shape your 1/2" ball into a triangle shape that will fit right under the chin of your fox and come down over the top of the front legs a bit.
photo shows shaping the body as described

Step 4

Press on and marry the seam under the chin.

Roll your remaining 1” ball into a cone shape for the tail.

Lastly, roll your last two 3/8” balls into ovals. We will attach these in the next steps
photo shows pieces formed so far

Step 5

Flatten one end of the tail a bit and press onto the rear of your fox. Marry the seams the same way you have been doing. Once the tail is securely attached bend it to one side and curl the tail up.

Attach the oval balls to either side of the fox’s body for the back feet.

Use the end of your paintbrush and create indents in the front of each ear.

Smooth and refine.
photo shows fox figure with tail in place

Step 6

Repeat this process again for the second fox. Change the fox’s position slightly for interest if you want. Bake the fox figurines according to the package directions. Allow to cool completely before painting on the details
photo shows as described

Step 7

Paint the fox’s eye area, chest, inside of the ears and the tip of tail White. You will need at least two coats maybe 3. Allow the paint to dry completely between coats.

Paint the front feet, back feet, and backs of the ears Black.

Paint a little Black nose and two Black eyes.

Paint the inside of the ears Pink.
photo shows finished fox with paint applied