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.
Set aside enough Coal Black to make little pupils for Step 8. From the remaining Coal Black, shape a large cone body, a ball head, and two teardrop wings.
For the decorations you will need to make a Holly Red cone hat; two flat Wreath Green triangles and a disk for the scarf; a flat Snowy White teardrop for the belly, a little pom pom ball for the hat, and two little circles for the eyes; from Jolly Gold, two long teardrops for the feet and a little beak; and finally mix a little bit of Snowy White with Holly Red to make glittery pink for the cheeks.
Time to put the little guy together! Position the feet at almost a 90 degree angle to each other and press the body down on top of them. Flatten the belly spot to the front.
Add the Wreath Green disk to the top of the body for a neck and add on the two scarf sections crossing one over the other.
Press the arms onto the sides of the body and position them as you like. Push the toothpick down into the body and sticking out at least 1/2” through the neck. This will support both the body and the head.
Press the head onto the toothpick and make sure it is well seated on top of the scarf.
Add the hat to the top of the head. Curl the tip of it down to make a loop for your ribbon to go through after baking. Secure the tip in place with the Snowy White pom pom. Add the other pieces as shown to make a cute face. You can poke the shaping end of the knife tool into the beak to make a mouth. Then pull up on the sides with the tapered end of the knife tool to make him smile. Add toe lines to the feet with the needle tool. Bake the penguin following the baking instructions in Step 1.
When the penguin is completely cool, add a ribbon through the loop in his hat to make him an ornament.
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