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.
Paint box exterior with thin coat of Bake & Bond. With Clay Conditioning Machine on #2 setting, make a Black sheet.
Cut two 6" x 4" pieces and two 8" x 4" pieces. Press pieces on outside box edges, folding over front edges. Blend seams and trim excess clay.
Press texture maker into clay. Spray texture sheet with water before using so clay doesn't stick.
With Clay Conditioning Machine on #3 setting, make 1" x 4" Glow in the Dark sheet. With Alphabet Stamper and brown ink, press in "HALLOWEEN" and trim around edges.
With Clay Conditioning Machine on #3 setting, make Black sheet. Lay Glow in the Dark word on Black sheet and trim with rickrack blade.
Brush back of the Halloween sign with Bake & Bond and press on top box edge.
Make thin Black and Glow in the Dark snakes and twist together. Press flat, trim and press on bottom box edge. Bake as directed above for 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Paint box interior sides black. Allow paint to dry completely. Measure interior back and cut scrapbook paper to fit and adhere with white glue.
To make the bat, make 1/2" diameter x 2" long Black log. Taper one end.
Coil to make bat body approximately 1" long. Use blade tool to flatten top and make ear indentations. Insert eye pin into top. Add eye holes with pointed tool.
With Clay Conditioning Machine on #3 setting make 2" x 2" Glow in the Dark sheet and press in Glow in the Dark glitter. Cut 2" circle to make a moon.
Make Glow in the Dark balls and flatten slightly.
Use blade tool to create vertical lines and faces on pumpkins. Use pointed tool to make stem hole on top.
Make thin Black and Glow in the Dark snakes, twist together and roll.
Cut snake pieces and insert into pumpkin stem holes. If desired, make Glow in the Dark leaves and wire coils and press on around pumpkin stems.
Draw house shape on white paper and cut out. With Clay Conditioning Machine at #1 setting, make two sheets of Black slightly larger than pattern and layer together.
Use rickrack Super Slicer to cut out roof and straight Super Slicer for house. Sprinkle house with black glitter and press in. Make horizontal lines through the house, making sure not to cut through the clay, only score it.
Use mini circle cutter and craft knife to cut out windows.
Make Silver sheet and cut out rectangles for shutters. Press lines into shutters. Press shutters on house.
With Clay Conditioning Machine on #3 setting, make Glow in the Dark sheet. Using craft knife, cut out ghost and press on house.
Bake pieces as directed above in Step 1 for 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely. With Clay Conditioning Machine at #1 setting, make Black sheet and cut out 2" x 4" irregular oval for hill base. Press on Black balls to make hill shape. Make #3 Black sheet and press with texture maker. Drape textures sheet over hill.
Press house bottom in hill to make slot, and remove house. Press eye pins into hill to make fence posts. Dust hill with black glitter. Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool completely.
Use orange T-shirt paint to make details on house and fence. Insert house in hill slot. Tie black twine on fence posts.
Assemble bat: paint eyes and fangs with silver paint, cut felt bat wings and adhere with white glue. Hang bat from box top with back twine.