Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. 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 degrees F (130 degrees C) for 15 minutes per ¼” (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use and oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be done by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 degrees F (130 degrees C). 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.
From Hot Chocolate Glitter make these pieces: A thick teardrop for the head with two little teardrops for ears; a thick oval for the body; and four tapered logs for the legs.
Assemble the parts as shown. Make sure to push the legs all together to create a nice base to hold up the body and head. Add the ears to the sides of the head.
Make a thick crescent shape from Wreath Green and wrap it around the bottom of the head with the tapered ends meeting on top.
Flatten pieces of Holly Red to make a bow and add them to the top of the wreath behind his ears. Add an oval shape to the center of the bow for the knot. Add little Holly Red berries to the wreath.
Make six teardrop shapes from Jolly Gold for antlers. Position these as shown stacked on top of Rudy’s head in between the ears. Add Snowy White eyes with Coal Black pupils. Add a big Holly Red nose. Place a little disk of Coal Black to the bottom of each leg to make hooves.
Bake Rudy following the baking instructions in Step 1. When Rudy is completely cool he will be ready to celebrate.
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