Getting Started:Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. 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 275 degrees F (130 degrees C) for 15 minutes per ¼” (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use and oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be done by an adult.Begin by preheating oven to 275 degrees F (130 degrees C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Let’s start with the starfish first. Divide the Hot Pink as shown.
Condition the larger piece of Hot Pink in your hands and form a thick pancake.
With the purple knife tool, push divots into the sides of the pancake in five places around the outside.
Pinch one of the sections out away from the center and form it into a triangle shape.
Pinch all the other sections out too and smooth the edges with your fingertips.
Pinch and bend the tips of the starfish legs upward. In order for your starfish to float, it should be 3”-4” wide.
Push eye sockets into the starfish with the ball ended tool.
Make White balls to fill the eye sockets. Add Aqua pupils to the eyes and poke a hole in each. Add a Dark Purple nose. Make eyebrows and a mouth with the tools. Bake following the baking instructions for Pluffy.
Next let’s make an octopus. Using all the remaining Dark Purple, form it into a thick pancake like you did for the starfish. With the purple knife tool, push divots into the sides of the pancake in eight places around the outside.
Pinch and pull each section out to make skinny triangle shapes coming out of the pancake. Smooth the sides with your fingertips.
Use the ball ended tool to push large divots at the base of each leg thinning each leg and pushing more clay to the middle.
Pinch and pull the middle up to form the body. Smooth rough areas and fingerprints by rubbing with your fingertips.
Pull the legs out and curl them up around the outside. In order for your octopus to float, it should be 3”-4” wide.[
Push eye sockets into the octopus with the ball ended tool. Make White balls to fill the eye sockets. Add Lime Green pupils and poke holes in the middle. Add a big wide Hot Pink nose. Make a smile with the scoop ended tool. Bake following the baking instructions for Pluffy.[
For the sea turtle, use all the remaining Lime Green and shape a thick pancake. Make divots around the edge as shown. A large area for the head, a small area for the tail, and four equal areas for the legs.
Pinch each area out away from the center to start the turtle shape.
Continue pinching and shaping each area. Use the tools to help define the areas between the legs, head, and tail.
While shaping the turtle legs, neck, and tail, push as much clay as possible to the middle to help form the thick shell. When the turtle is shaped the way you want it, smooth all the edges by rubbing with your fingertips. In order for your turtle to float, it should be 3”-4” wide.[
Make a little collar of Aqua and place it across the neck. Make little balls of Aqua and place them around the thick shell area.
Push in on the Aqua balls with the ball ended tool.
Add a rope of Aqua around the top of the balls. Flatten a piece of Aqua for the middle of the shell and etch lines in the shell. Add White eyeballs with Orange pupils. Poke holes in the pupils, and nostrils. Bake the turtle following the baking instructions for Pluffy.
When your sea creatures are completely cool, they are ready to take a bath