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 20 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.
Take a ball of brown clay about the size of a cherry tomato and roll it into a log. Turn the on it’s end and insert the pen you are going to use into it. When you do this the log will squish down and make a weird teardrop, stump like shape. Exactly what you want! DO NOT press all the way to the bottom and make a hole in the clay. If you do, just roll the clay back up and try again.
Use your toothpick to make divots in the clay. Pull the divots apart to make roots for your stump.
Use the toothpick to make “bark” on your tree stump and separate and roots enough for an owl to fit between two of the roots. Break your toothpick in half and insert half into the stump with half sticking out. This will help hold your owl in place in your pen holder.
Roll a white teardrop of clay about the size of a large cherry tomato.
Take some orange clay and roll six small teardrops. Place three of them together in a “W” shape. Do this so you have two sets. This will be your owl’s feet.
Take some brown and white clay and press it together to combine the colors. Make it nice and streaky, but don’t do it too much, you want there to be lots of streaks!
Add the feet to your owl at the bottom of the teardrop. Add small teardrops of your new mixed color & plain white at each side of the owl for wings.
Roll a white ball of clay about the size of a Brown for your owl’s head. Place on top of the body. Add an orange triangle beak.
Add black balls of clay for eyes. Press the silver beads in the center. Add any finishing details you’d like! Use your imagination.
Bake according to the directions on the package.
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