Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work 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 1/4" (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.
Roll a ball of Blue clay approx. 1 1/4” in size. This will be the bird’s body. Set aside. Roll five balls of Red Clay approx. 1/4” or so in size.These will make the wings and tail of your bird. Roll a small snake of red approximately 1/2” long by 1/8” thick. This is for the little whimsical feather on top of the bird’s head. Roll two ¼” sized balls of Yellow clay for the bird’s feet. Roll a smaller ball of Yellow for the bird’s beak. Roll two tiny ball of Black clay for the bird’s eyes
Shape the Blue clay into a teardrop shape and kind of curve up the pointed end for the bird’s tail. Shape the two equal sized Yellow balls of clay into triangle shapes for the feet and press them onto the bottom of the body. Roll the smaller yellow ball into a tiny oblong shape and press onto the front of the head using your 5 in 1 tool. Press right into the center to make an open beak. Use the purple tool to also make indentations for the feet. Press on the little black eyes.Shape two of the Red balls into teardrop shapes and flatten. Press these on either side for the wings. Use the purple to create some lines in the wings for interest. Shape the remaining three Red balls into teardrop shapes and press together to form the tail. Press the tail onto the bird. Now attach the little curved feather piece to the top of the bird’s head.
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