Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay 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.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake 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 ¼" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking; however please note that the baking 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.
Cover the Soup Can
Roll out a sheet of Beige clay. Cut out a long rectangle and wrap around the lower part of the can. Smooth seam. Repeat the same with Blue clay and wrap around the top. With sandpaper, press texture into the bottom part.
Create a Pink octopus and an Orange octopus. Make one large flattened oval for the head, using ¼ of the bar of clay in each color. Create two small White balls for the eyes and two tiny Black balls for the center of the eyes for each head and place on the head. Roll out seven long Orange snakes and six Pink snakes for tentacles. With one of the tools, texture the bottom of the tentacles. Add tentacles to the bottom of the head. Create some tiny Purple balls for the Orange octopus and add as decorative spots on the head. Add a smile with one of the tools. Set aside.
Make one flat Purple oval for the body. Make one purple fin and three pink fins as shown in photo. Using one of the tools add lines into fins and attach to fish. Create one small White ball for the eye and one tiny Black ball for the center of the eye and place on fish. Use one of the tools to make a mouth. Set aside.
Make one flat Pink oval for the body. Make one small ball for the mouth. Press the small Pink ball to front of fish and press a hole into it. Make four Purple fins. Press lines into fins and attach to fish. Create one small White ball for the eyes and one tiny Black ball for the center of the eye and place on fish. Set aside.
Seaweed, Sea star and shells
Make 6 Green snakes. Flatten and slightly press 3 of the snakes together on the bottom. Make 2 seaweeds. Set aside.
Make a Tan ball, flatten and cut out a star. Press tiny holes into it. To make the round shell, make a flattened Tan circle, press lines into it and make a very small Tan oval for the bottom. To create the cone shells make a thin Tan club, twist and press a hole into the top. Make several of each and set pieces aside.
Make a Red ball and press down to flatten, for the body. Roll out six Red snakes for feet. Make two pincers, by rolling 2 red snakes, flattening and then cutting a notch at the end. Attach legs and pincers to body. Make two tiny Black balls for eyes, attach to the head. Add tiny holes in the body with one of the tools. Set aside.
Make one long flattened Yellow oval for the body. With the tip of one of the tools, press a small line pattern into the body as shown. Slightly roll up the tail. Make a flattened Yellow oval and shape into the head. Use one of the tools to add a mouth. Make several small Orange balls for spots and press decoratively on the sea horse. Make two long and one small Orange fins. Press lines into them. Create one small Orange ball for the eye and one tiny Black ball for the center of the eye and place on head. Set piece aside.
Assemble the sea décor on the clay covered can. Bake as directed above in Step 1. Allow to cool.
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