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 30 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.
Choose your vintage spool (you can use any size but for this project we used 1 1/4 size spools) Choose your color floss. Add some fabric glue to the spool and wrap your colored floss around. Let dry.
Cut approx 6” piece of 20 gauge wire and wrap around the end of a paint brush or pencil 4-5 times. Slide off and twist bottom and cut approx ¾ down.
Roll a 1” pumpkin shape form using remnants of clay to create the body. Test the size by placing it on top of the your spool to make sure it is in proportion to the spool
Outer part of pumpkin .Take a piece of Cadmium Yellow, Wasabi and Orange clay and run it through the clay conditioning machine on the #2 setting. Using the Super Slicer, cut various thicknesses of stripes out of the clay (make sure you have two of the same widths for each stripe you cut). Then stack two of the same color/same width together. Once you have your various stripes done and stacked two up of all three colors, lay down a pattern using the three colors approx 3” long. Make sure you’re able to fit the pattern into your clay conditioning machine. Use your acrylic roller to adhere your stripes together so you can pick them up as one piece.
Run your stripes (vertically) into your conditioning machine on the #2 setting. After each time fold your clay bottom to top and run through the clay conditioning machine on the #2 setting again until it’s blended. Run one final time on the #3 setting.
Lay your pumpkin body shape on top of your stripes and with super slicer cut a strip off large enough to cover the top and bottom side of your pumpkin. Wrap around sides and cut to make sure it lines up and burnish together. Then fold over top and bottom and burnish and smooth clay to create your pumpkin.
Press your 6 mm Style and Detail tool into the top center of your pumpkins head approx ¼ down. Add some Bake and Bond into the hole. Then roll a stem-like shape with a piece of wasabi clay and insert it into hole. Cut approx 3” piece of 20 gauge green wire and wrap around the end of a thin paintbrush 4-5 times. Slide off. Add Bake and Bond to one end and insert near the stem.
Use your tools to create your pumpkins’ facial expression, pumpkin lines and texture. Use glow in the dark clay for the eyes, red clay for the nose and mouth. Insert your orange wire holder to the top of your pumpkin.
Take a small piece of orange clay and run through the clay conditioning machine on the #2 setting. Cut a 5/8 circle out of the clay and attach to the bottom of your pumpkin. This will raise your pumpkins head up enough from your spool to add some decorative yarn. Set aside on a ceramic tile.
Start with a 1” black piece of clay and roll and sculpt the cat’s head with your finger. Squish and press the center and then sculpt his pointy ears on the sides. Test the size by placing it on top of the your spool to make sure it is in proportion to the spool
Use your tools to create the cat’s facial expression. Use the end of a small wooden stamp to create ear holes. Then use a 2 mm stylus tool to sculpt the eyes, nose and mouth. Use a clay knife to make the whiskers. Cut out two small tear drop shapes of glow-in-the-dark clay for the eyes, and a thin small snake for the teeth and then a small ball of Orange clay for the nose.
Take a small piece of Black clay and run through the clay conditioning machine on the #2 setting. Cut a ½” circle out of the clay and attach to the bottom of your cat. This will raise the head up enough from your spool to add your decorative yarn. Insert the black wire holder to the top of your Scary Cat. Set aside on a ceramic tile.
Combine your Copper clay and Raw Sienna together to create a marbled effect. Then use a 1” ball of clay and sculpt the owl head with your fingers by squishing and pressing the center of the head and then making his pointy ears on the side. Test the size by placing it on top of the spool to make sure it is in proportion to the spool.
Take a small piece of Burnt Umber clay and run through the clay conditioning machine on the #4 setting. Cut out two 1/2 circles out of the clay for the center of the eyes.
Run a piece of Gold clay through the clay conditioning machine on the #5 setting. Cut thin strips out with your jagged edge super slicer blade. Do the same with a piece of the marbled clay. Take these strips and alternate layering them and adding the brown circle on top. Attach to face of the owl. Repeat for second eye.
Run the marbled mixed clay through the conditioning machine on the #5 setting and use your super slicer to cut out a triangle shape for the top of the owl. Attach to owl face, with pointy end between the eyes. (It’s basically a house shape – square with triangle on top)
Add two small balls to the eyes of your owl with the glow in the dark clay. Use the clay tools to make texture to the owl.
Run Cadmium Yellow through the clay conditioning machine on the #4 setting and cut two 1/4" circles out for the eyes. With the extra Yellow sculpt a beak. Cut a piece of toothpick, add Bake and Bond to the end and insert into the owl face then attached your beak.
Take a small piece of mixed marbled clay and run through the clay conditioning machine on the #2 setting. Cut a ½ circle out of the clay and attach to the bottom of your owl. This will raise your owl head up enough from your spool to add your decorative yarn. Insert your brown wire holder to the top of your Howl Owl.
Place on the ceramic tile with the other place card holders. Bake all three as directed as above. Allow to cool.
• Paint eyes on the characters, give your pumpkin teeth with 3D paint, add a coat of glossy glaze and high light areas with glitter.• Use a strong craft glue to glue your Halloween heads to their matching spools. • Use fabric glue to attach the eye lash glitter yarn around the Halloween characters. • Glue Halloween sayings/words to the spools