Getting Started Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275Â°F (130 Â°C) for 15 minutes per Â¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 Â°F (130 Â°C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
All measurements are taken from 1 oz of clay. Terra cotta: Take 3/8 and shape into a teardrop for the body, shape 1/8 into two clubs for legs. Take3/16 and make a ball for the head. Take 1/8 and shape into two balls for the front paws, 1/16, shaped into two flattened ovals for the ears, one small ball for the muzzle, one long thin snake for the tail, one tiny triangle for the nose, one flattened strip and one very short snake for the collar and one very small flat oval for the tongue.
Assemble: Attach the legs, paws, tail and head to the body. Place collar around neck, attach buckle and press tiny holes into the collar. Attach the muzzle, nose, ears and tongue and press lines into the front paws and one into the muzzle. Bake according to manufacturers' directions, let cool and paint
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