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.
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 1/4" (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.
Print out the templates on card stock and cut out the designs.
Prepare the cookie-colored clay by mixing one part ecru with two parts white. Then, mix one part of this light tan clay with two parts translucent clay, kneading thoroughly to combine.
Roll the clay out into a sheet roughly 1/8” thick and press one of the templates onto the clay. Use an X-acto knife to cut around the template, creating the cookie shape.
Gently smooth any sharp edges with your fingers and press the back side of the cookie against medium-grit sandpaper.
Grate pigment powder from a stick of ecru chalk pastel using a razor blade, then use a dry paint brush to dust the pigment on the back side of the cookie. Repeat with a raw sienna pastel, adding darker accents to cookie, especially around the edges, like a real sugar cookie browning in the oven.
Use a needle tool to poke a hole near the top edge of the cookie so you can attach a jump ring in a later step. I like to insert the needle from both the front and the back of the piece to create a cleaner hole.
Bake the cookie on a ceramic tile in a preheated oven at 275℉ for seven minutes and let cool.
Meanwhile, prepare the icing by first mixing up a batch of white frosting, which you will then separate out to make a variety of colors. Cut the white clay into smaller chunks and put them in a small bowl. Add roughly an equal amount of Translucent Liquid Sculpey and use a wooden craft stick to mash and smear the liquid and solid clays together, forming a paste. Add more liquid clay as necessary to create a smoother consistency, like cake frosting. If you have extra time, you can let the solid and liquid clays sit for awhile, even overnight, to soften the solid clay, making the process easier.
Separate out a dollop of the frosting on a piece of parchment paper and add more liquid clay to create a runnier consistency, stirring with a toothpick. It should be thin enough that if you take up some of the icing on your toothpick and let it fall back onto the pile, the ribbon it creates should reabsorb and disappear on its own. Grate chalk pastel in the color(s) of your choice, stirring to thoroughly incorporate the color into the icing. If the chalk thickens the mixture, add more liquid clay to maintain the proper consistency.
Decorating the Tree: Mix up a batch of icing tinted with green chalk pastel, and use a toothpick to add dollop on the center of the cookie. Spread the icing outward, filling in the shape of three.