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 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.
Clean out can. Set lid aside. Apply a thin film of glue with a paintbrush onto outside of can and set aside for about 5 minutes so glue is partially dried.
Wash hands between color use. Roll out a large sheet of Blue clay. Use roller tool to flatten to about ¼” thickness. Use cutting edge of Knife tool to cut a straight edge at top of sheet. Place clay sheet onto the can. Smooth seams and set aside.
Roll one 1/2” wide strip of Green clay for lower grass and a 2” wide strip for larger grass. Cut edges using wavy tool. Press larger strip onto bottom of can and then press small strip onto bottom of larger strip at base of container. Lay can on side onto baking surface. To keep from rolling, place a small glass jar on each side of container.
To make T-Rex: Roll a 6” long Red log of clay about 1” thick. Pinch one end to a point for the tail. Flatten slightly to make the middle of the body larger than the head and tail end. Curve the neck areas and flatten the head. Use cutting tool to make a mouth and use a toothpick to make nostrils at the head end.
Make two tiny Red snakes of clay for arms and larger snakes logs for legs. Bend legs into an L shape. Mark feet with toothpick to create "toes". Press one leg to one side of the body and the other leg on opposite side as shown. Press on arms the same way.
Roll Orange clay into a thin, long snake. Cut the snake into small pieces. Use your fingers to flatten each of these small pieces and pinch at one end to make stripes. Decoratively place these stripes along the dinosaur's back and tail and press on. Roll two small Yellow balls of clay for eyes and two smaller balls of Blue clay for the iris. Press onto head. Roll a few tiny balls of white clay for teeth and press onto mouth.
Place T-Rex onto container on grass area. Roll several tiny balls of Hot Pink clay and press onto body, leg and tail for spots.
To make Terry Saur: Roll Yellow clay into two long teardrops, forming the wings with your fingers and press onto container near T-Rex. Roll and press two balls of Yellow clay for feet, mark "toes" using toothpick. Roll a small log from Orange clay for the head. Roll ends pointed and shape as desired with your fingers. Cut one end in half for the mouth. Press onto the body, overlapping the wings. Roll balls of White clay for eyes and Blue clay for the iris and press onto head.
Roll tiny teardrops of Orange clay for sun's rays. Roll a ball of Yellow clay for the face. press the face and rays on the container. Make a smile using the Modeling Tools. Roll and press on Purple clay eyes.
Make flowers from Yellow clay. To make a flower, roll out a medium size ball of Yellow clay and 5 smaller balls of Yellow clay. Flatten the medium sized ball into a circle. Flatten the 5 smaller balls and attach to the circle in a petal pattern. Roll balls of Purple clay for one flower if you wish and follow the same directions. Use the Modeling Tools to create a face if desired. Press onto container.
Roll various size balls of White clay for clouds. Press randomly on container as shown on completed project above.
Bake in oven at 275 °F for about 20 minutes. Let cool before removing.
Place lid on if using for a bank. Have an adult cut out a slit in the lid for placement of money. If using this project as a pencil holder just leave lid off. Glue fabric trim around edge of can if you wish.