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.
Paint the craft stick Red. This might take two coats to get full coverage. Allow to dry.
Combine 1/4 bar of Green and 1/4 bar of Yellow clay together to make a nice Lime Green color.
Make a quarter sized ball of this new color. Shape the ball into a chubby log and then pinch the top and bottom of the log so that it is slightly pointed at the top and bottom (nose and back end of your frog). Using your finger or the end of your paintbrush make a slight indentation down your frog’s back and shape his eyes a bit to be a little bulbous. Set this aside for now.
Roll Yellow clay as flat and as thin as you can. Set your frog body shape on top of this flat piece. Using your clay knife, trace the shape of your frog, cutting around its body with the clay knife. Remove the Green body and pick up your thin piece of Yellow. Smooth the edges of this piece if you need to and then press it to fit on the underside of your frog’s body.
With some of the Lime Green clay that you previously mixed, roll it into a 1/4” thick snake. Measure and cut two 2” long pieces for the legs and then two 1” pieces for the arms.
Roll one end of each of the legs into a point. One at a time attach these to the body of your frog, the pointy end should be down. Press the leg onto the side of the body about 1/2" to 1” of the way up the side and then bend the leg down. Make a small bend for the foot. You may need to trim the leg a bit if it seems too long. Attach the second leg in the same way.
For the arms, bend your 1” pieces slightly and attach to either side of the body where the arms would go, just below the head.
Roll some Orange clay into a long thin snake. Cut four 1/4” strips for the toes. Press the four strips together. Repeat this three times so that you have 4 sets of toes. Attach these to the ends of each leg/arm of the frog.
Using the end of your paintbrush, poke two holes in the head for the eyes. Roll two small balls of Red (approx. 3/16”) for the eyes and press these into the holes. Roll a tiny snake of Black clay and attach to the center of your Red eyes for the pupils.
Roll a very thin snake of Blue clay and cut 6 1/4" strips. Attach 3 to each side of the frog on the Yellow belly between the arm and leg.
Bake your frog according to the directions above in Step 1. Once your frog is completely cool, glue him to the craft stick using clear fast drying glue.