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Original Sculpey® Sea Turtle

Designed by Amy Koranek
Wouldn’t this great little turtle look great next to your favorite houseplant? Or how about to keep papers in place on your desk?

60 Minutes to make and bake
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Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name Qty
Original Sculpey® 1.75 lb White
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Tool Starter Set
Sculpey Tools™ Etch 'n Pearl
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final large image for Original Sculpey® Sea Turtle
  • Acrylic paint in brown, dark green, yellow, and black
  • Paintbrush
  • Optional - 400 grit sandpaper

Project Instructions

    Getting Started:
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.

    Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure 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/curing; however please note that the baking/curing 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.
Start with 1/4 bar of Original White Sculpey®. You can make the size of your sea turtle as large or as small as you like using more or less clay. Just be sure to make the shapes proportionate to each other.

Make the following pieces:
a large flat teardrop for the shell
two small teardrops for the back fins
two long flat tapered elipses for the front fins
a short cylinder neck
and a thick oval for the head.
photo shows body parts laid out
Press the neck onto the shell.
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Pinch a taper on one end of the head. Use the Round End tool to press a deep divot into the neck.
photo shows as described
Push the tapered end of the head into the neck.
Use your thumb and pointer finger to push the head so that two flattened areas appear on the head creating flat plains for the eyes.
photo shows head mounted and shaped
Carefully lift the turtle up.
Place the fins under the body.
When you lay the turtle back down, apply pressure so that the shell joins with the fins.
photo shows adding the fins
Use the back side of the knife tool to score rings around the neck.
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Use the small and medium Etch n Pearls to impress little rows of circles into the skin.
photo shows adding skin texture
Use the Blunt Point Tool to poke in eye sockets.
Fill each eye socket with little bits of clay creating eyes.
photo shows adding eyes
Use the Knife Tool to score markings in the shell.
photo shows adding shell detail
Use the Knife Tool to score lines around the edges of the shell and fins.
photo shows adding edge details
Bake the sea turtle following the baking instructions for Original Sculpey®. Allow to cool completely before handling.

Apply layers of watered down green, brown, and yellow acrylic paint to achieve the look that you want.
Paint the eyes black.
Allow the paint to dry completely.

Remove as much dried paint as you want from the raised areas with fine sandpaper creating an old weathered look.
photo shows completed turtle