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 250 °F (121 °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 250 °F (121 °C) for 20 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.
Take the color you want to use for the head and body and make a ¾” ball for the head and an cone shape that is 1 ¼” L x ¾” W. Press the head onto the pointed end of the cone shape. Press onto the top of the pencil. We used Lime and Blue for the owl bodies on the projects shown.
Take the color you want to make the tummy (we used Yellow) and make a ¾” L x ½” W flattened oval for the tummy, press onto the body and with the tip of the clay modeling tool and add feather details.
To make the wings, make a long snake (we used Purple and Red) that is ¼” in diameter. Cut six equal pieces off and shape each into a long tear drop shape. Press three together, to make one wing. Press both wings to the sides of the body.
To make the tail make a long snake (we used Purple and Red) that is 3/16” in diameter. Cut three equal pieces off and shape each into a long tear drop shape. Press three together to make the tail. Press the tail to the lower portion of the body.
Take Brown clay and make two oval beads 5/16” L x 3/16” W for the feet. Press them to the lower front of the body and press two lines into each using the clay tool.
Using Yellow clay make two ¼” flattened balls and one small tear drop for the beak.
Make two flattened White balls that are 5/16” for the eyes. Make two tiny 1/16” Brown balls for the pupils.
Press the White balls to the head, then press the Yellow balls from Step 7 on top and then add the tiny Brown balls. Press the Yellow Beak in-between the eyes
Make one small snake for the eyebrows. Match this color to the wing color. Cut two eyebrows from the snake and place above the eyes on the owl head.
Press the pencil into the bottom of the owl at least 3/4 inch up and then gently remove the pencil. Bake according to the directions above in Step 1 and allow to cool completely.
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