This adorable little guy will steal your heart. Created with Sculpey Granitex gives his fur and quills such an intresting combination of textures.
Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F for 30 minutes per 1/4 in thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Roll a 3/4” ball of the Hedgehog Fur color. Shape this ball into a tear drop shape and press lightly on the work surface to flatten the bottom. Next roll a very small ball of black clay and flatten it to make an oval shape. Press in place for nose. Use the pointed end tool to mark the eye placement. Add two tiny black balls for the eyes.
To make the quills for the head roll a 3/16” thick rope of Brown Granitex. Press onto the head in the shape shown, stopping halfway down on either side. Use the tip of the needle tool, make straight lines working from bottom to top on both sides of the rope. The quills will look less like fur and more like quills, if you use the tip of the needle tool and keep your lines straight. Add tiny ropes of Raw Sienna clay to create even more detail. Repeat two more times, this time making the ropes long enough to go all the way down the sides of the head. To cover the back of the head flatten a 3/8” ball of clay. Use the needle tipped tool to finish making the quill details.
Wrap the Brown Granitex piece around the back and sides of the hedgehog’s body. Leave a little extra at the top of the neck for attaching the head. Beginning on the hedgehog’s belly where the quills and the fur meet; use the pointed end tool to create details by drawing the clay outward. Repeat this process with the tip of the needle tip tool to create finer details. Press the head in place. Trim off any excess clay with the knife end tool and use the blunt point tool to define the shape and blend the seams. Finish adding details with the needle tipped tool. Use the pointed end tool to mark the placement of the feet.
Roll a 1/4” ball of Green Granitex. Press lightly on work surface to flatten the bottom. Press in the center front with your thumb, keeping the back higher than the front.
Roll out sheets of Green and Orange Granitex on the#3 setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Use the Mini Cutter, Nature set and cut out some leaves. Add vein details on the leaves using the needle tip tool. Repeat the leaf process with the Orange Granitex clay. Add even more detail by highlighting different areas on the leaves with the paper chalk. Starting at the bottom of the base, arrange the leaves in layers. Press the baked and cooled hedgehog in place very lightly, to get the correct fit. Remove the hedgehog from the base.