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.
Show students pictures of Inca masks the internet is a great resource! Discuss with students why the masks were made and what they were used for. Discuss design elements seen in the work patterns, shapes, colors.
Have students draw a sketch of their mask.
Have each student make a mask using Original Sculpey. Give each student a piece of aluminum foil and have them write their name on the foil with permanent marker.
Use Black clay to add details. Coils work great.
Use a pencil point to engrave details.
Bake as directed. Each project may be baked right on the aluminum foil it was made on. Once cooled, have the students paint the masks with acrylic paint.
This project has many variations. With more clay students can make a life-size mask. With less clay, students can make a smaller version then turn their mask into a magnet, necklace or pin.
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