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 metal surface at 275°F (130°C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (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°F (130 °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.
Mix equal parts of Sculpey® Glow-in-the-Dark clay and Premo® White Translucent clay. Use a quarter of a package of each to start. Combine them thoroughly with your hands by twisting and folding. You can roll and fold the clays with an acrylic roller until the colors are thoroughly mixed, or use a clay-conditioning machine set on the widest setting to press the clays together repeatedly until they are completely blended and no streaks are visible.From your blend pull off a piece and roll it into a ball about the size of a hard-boiled egg yolk.Roll the ball in your hands to turn it into more of an oval – like a pill shape. Press the oval clay onto your work surface so that the bottom spreads out a little and the clay stands up without falling over.
Make ears/horns by gently pulling and pinching two nubs out of the top of the clay oval. Continue to pull and pinch until they are the shape and length you want. They can be short stubs or long horns..Have fun with this part!
Use beads for eyes. To help anchor the beads securely into the clay, we’ll use wire. (Alternatively, you can substitute glass eyes. Press them firmly into the clay to attach. You may need to use a drop of clear fast drying glue after the ghoulie is baked to secure them if they are loose.)Snip a piece of 28 gauge wire into a piece about an inch long. Slide a dark, round bead onto the wire, pull the wires together and hold them with pliers while you twirl the bead with your fingers. This will twist the wire. Stop when the twist reaches the bead. Snip the excess wire off with wire cutters to leave an eighth of an inch tail of twisted wire. Use the pliers to bend a little hook in then end of the wire. Insert the wired eye-beads into the clay. Push them in firmly until the bead is halfway embedded into the clay.
To make a mouth for your ghoulie you can experiment with all your tools, pressing the tool in to see what kind of mouth shape you can make! My favorite is a big mouth with teeth! To make a big toothy mouth, use a cutting blade to slice across the clay. (Children should have adult supervision for this part, or a plastic tool may be substituted.) Slice about halfway through the clay. Use your fingers to open up the mouth a bit by tilting the top half of the ghoulie’s head back to widen the cut, then using your fingertips to stretch the clay and soften the edges. You can use a tool in the corners of the mouth to soften those cut lines if you like. Leave his mouth open while we make teeth.
To make teeth, just roll tiny bits of Premo® White clay into teensy balls. Make as many teeth as you think your ghoulie needs.Press the balls of clay onto the inside edge of the mouth. You can press them onto the bottom of the mouth or the top, or both!Now close up the mouth a little by pushing the top of the head back down.
If you want your ghoulie to be a STEAMPUNK ghoulie (and you know you do!), then now is the time to add some steampunk accents. These can be gears (real watch gears or reproduction), or interesting metal jewelry pieces or anything else you think looks like a Victorian-era Mad Scientist Adventurer (which is what the Steampunk look is all about). Just make sure that everything you add is something that can go into the oven and not melt (so no plastic or acrylic). Accents can be pressed right into the clay, or wired in or held in with a headpin (for those items with a hole in their center). You may find using a bit of glue helpful. You can add the glue after the piece is baked (pull off the loose accent, add glue, then press it back on).
If you have mica powder or glitter, add it now! Use a brush to dust mica powder onto any areas that need color. Use your finger to press glitter onto the clay. Just remember that both block the glow-in-the-dark quality of the clay, so don’t use too much if you really want your ghoulie to shine!
You’re done! Now bake according to the above directions and let the clay cool completely.To get the maximum amount of glow, make sure your ghoulie sits where he can absorb lots of light first.