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,
Divide each 2 oz. block of clay into 12 squares by carefully slicing straight down through the perforations. Slice twice more straight down the opposite direction. Now there are 12 squares of similar size.
For the tower condition one and a half squares of Pearl clay and roll into a ball. Condition the clay by warming it up in your hands, rolling with a roller, or running through a pasta machine. Begin rolling the ball against the work surface to create a cylinder. Pressing in the ends occasionally helps define the cylinder shape.
Snap a toothpick in half. Insert the toothpick halfway down into the cylinder. Give a light roll to help the tower keep its cylinder shape.
With the largest Sculpey ball stylus create an indent for the door. With the smallest Sculpey ball stylus indent three little windows above the door.
Condition and roll one square of Turquoise into a ball. Begin to pinch one area to make a cone shape for the tower roof. Lightly tap against the work surface to flatten the bottom. Rotate and pinch along the edges. A light roll on the work surface helps smooth the cone.
Roll one sixteenth of a square of Turquoise into a ball and flatten it. Place the flattened circle into the indent in the tower for the door. With the sculpey needle tool, create wood texture lines.
With the medium Sculpey Ball Stylus create some circle indents around the Turquoise tower roof. Add some round indents with the smallest ball stylus, too.
Break down a square of Silver and roll spheres to fit into the medium circle indents on the tower roof.
Make a mark in the middle of the bottom of the tower roof. Skewer the roof onto the tower. Twist slightly to position.
Fill the medium indents with the silver spheres. Roll a very, very, very, very, very tiny silver ball for the doorknob. Poke with doorknob with the needle tool.
Carefully slice some random sized pieces of Granite. Roll and flatten into small stones for the path leading to the tower (I made extra stones to use in other projects).
IMPORTANT!!! BAKE the tower and stones at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
Condition five squares of Jungle and roll into a ball. Begin to flatten the ball slightly. This is the base of the sculpture, so make sure it stays thick-at least a quarter of an inch.
Randomly slice up a half square of Jungle. Roll into a few spheres for the bushes around the tower. Set aside for now.TIP!!! Clean hands (I like disinfecting wipes) when going from a dark color of clay to a light color.
Condition three squares of Frost White Glitter and roll into a ball. Flatten slightly just like the green base-this will be the snowy base the tower will sit on. Make sure the snow section is slightly smaller than the green base.Create indents on the sides of the snow by rocking the clay against the side of your finger making an amoeba shape. With the baked tower create an indent in the snow where it will sit by pressing down into the snow.
Pick a few stones to place in the snow in front of the tower. Drag the large ball tool gently back and forth across the snow where the stones will sit, creating swooping indents. Dot Translucent Liquid Sculpey into each of the indents in the snow. It may be helpful to apply with a toothpick. TLS helps create a stronger bond when joining baked clay to raw clay. Gently press each stone into the indents (I used the medium ball tool to really push the stones deep into the snow).
Press the tower into the indent you made in the snowy base then join the snow to the green base.
Randomly slice up a half square of Frost White Glitter and shape into a few blobs. These will be the snowcaps on top the bushes and roof.
Flatten the snowcaps slightly, add a dot of TLS on top of each green bush, and join the snowcaps to the tops of the bushes. Add a few more drops of TLS to the bottom of the bushes and place around the tower. Add a snowcap to the top of the tower, too.
Add texture to the bushes by gently poking each bush with the small ball stylus. Add small dots with the smallest ball stylus in triangle patterns around the green base.
Clean any dust off the clay with rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab.
Place on a sheet of paper and bake at 275 degrees for 35 minutes. Allow to cool, and enjoy! For shine apply a coat of Sculpey Glaze if desired.