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® Work ‘n Bake Clay 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: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 30 minutes per ¼" (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.
Start this off by printing out this reference photo
Creating the armature:Using this reference photo, place your 18-gauge wire laying flat against the reference photo from the center of the horses’ eye running the wire along her spine to the tip of the tail, cutting with wire cutters. Then measure the wire from the hoof up to the shoulder following down the leg around and back down to the same length as the diagram.Trim the wire. Do this for the back legs as well. Take your 20 Gauge wire wrapping it snugly around the 18 gauge wiring of the leg to the spine, this makes the body of the pony much stronger to hold her form. Tear off strips of aluminum foil, wrapping it around the wire following the shape and bulk of the body. This helps save clay and give her some bulk and definition, don’t forget to round the head with foil. Next, tear thin strips of Masking tape wrap the tape tightly around the body to hold the foil firmly in place.
Open your packages of clay measure and cut ½” Peacock Pearl, ½” Purple Pearl, 1” of Translucent, two bricks of White Gold Glitter, and two bricks of Pearl-Split your full brick of Pearl into two bars of two, Using the pasta machine blend ½” Peacock Pearl and one of the split bars of Pearl and fully blend and set aside. - Repeat above with using the ½” of Purple Pearl blending with two bricks of White Gold Glitter blend fully and set aside.
Creating the Eyes:On the back of your 8mm Cabochons dip your round dotting tool in black paint to make the pupil, let it dry. Then using a fine tipped paint brush with any color you choose, paint the rest of the eye, then set the eyes aside in a safe place to dry.
Carefully kneed your Peacock Pearl mix clay until soft and easy to manage - Start to apply the clay evenly onto the body and head, using your fingers to smooth out evenly.
Now start to add clay to the body, adding and smoothing out with the rubber tipped tool.
Roll out thin strips of clay, adding them to the legs, neck and back smoothing out as you go, using both your fingers and rubber tipped tools
Continue adding details, smoothing and defining joints and muscles.
Roll two small balls of clay the same size, press them flat and into a teardrop shape. Taking your small rubber tipped tool, press firmly into the clay rolling it gently creating a small dent that will become the pony’s ear.
Pinching the bottom of the tear drop shape will create the shape of the ear, then take your rubber end shaping tool to attach to the pony’s head taking care to smooth and shape the ear into your desired form.
Adding the Eyes:Using the ball end of your tool space out and press firmly to create indents for your glass eyes.
Take the glass eyes you painted earlier and press them firmly into the dent you made with the ball tool. Measuring out two strips of clay the same size, roll them out into small long strips and add them above the eyes as eye lids, use the small rubber tip tool to help smooth and shape.
Roll out an oval shape flattening one end. Add the oval shape to her face below the eyes, then take your smoothing tool and blend around and under the eyes.
Take a small round piece of clay and roll it between your fingers flattening one end. Taking the flat end of the ball add it as a bottom lip using your tool to smooth and blend the lip to the bottom jaw. Using the same process as the eyelids add the cheeks and bottom eyes, smoothing and blending as you go.
Creating the Tail:Taking the second color of clay, roll out strips between your fingers then flatten. Take your pointed tool sliding it in long curved lines. Add the strip too the wire for the tail.
Repeat Step sixteen adding and using the point tool to shape and create the shapes of a flowing tail.
Creating the Mane:Follow the same steps as steps as sixteen and seventeen, taking the blending tools to smooth and shape as your imagination desires!
Take a soft dry paintbrush to lightly go over all your bumps and smooth everything nice and soft.She is now ready to bake using the directions in Step 1!!!