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.
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.
Making the Wreath armature
Use the wire cutter to cut a 12” piece of 20 gauge green wire. Take the wire and holding the ends with both hands cross the wire to create a ¼ loop in the middle. Use the jewelry pliers to twist the loop around wire few times. Wrap the wire around a 2 ¼ circle object (a jar, glass, circle cookie cutter) to form the circle wreath shape. Wrap the extra wire around the circle shape and cover the piece with masking tape
Cover the wreath armature
Take a piece of Bright Green pearl clay, condition it and cover your wreath armature everywhere except for the loop. Use clay knife to create lines to give the wreath texture.Set aside.
Making the Holly leaves and berries
Mix some Bright Green Pearl, Green and a little Peacock Pearl for the holly leaf color. You want the color to be a few shades darker then the wreath base color so the holly leaves will pop. Take your mixed clay and run it through the clay-conditioning machine on the #5 setting. Take the ¼ round cutter and create circle in clay forming holly shapes in the negative space (see image) make enough to cover your wreath. Then pop out the holly leaf and use your clay knife to create the holly leaf veins. Add berries to the wreath by rolling little balls out of the pomegranate color clay and adding the around the wreath.
Place your finished wreath on a ceramic tile and bake your pieces in the oven according to the directions in Step 1. Allow to cool
Making the Snowman
Take a piece of the Sculpey Ultra Light and make:• Two, tear drop shape arms approx. 1” long. • One, 1 ½ teardrop shape for the leg. • One, 1 ¼ oval shape for the head.• One, 2 ½ drum stick shape for the body and leg.(Tip: Use a little baby powder on your hands and surface if your Sculpey Ultra Light clay get too warm and sticky to handle)
Building the Snowman
Place your Snowman body/leg on the ceramic tile and then place your wreath about ½ down from the top. Create a light impression and then remove the wreath and apply some Sculpey Bake n' Bond in the area. Then replace your wreath on top again. You want your wreath into the snowman enough to have your wreath be secure once baked.
Using your clay tools and some Bake n' Bond, attach your snowman’s other leg and arms to the wreath. Just make sure your snowman head is securely attached to the body. If you need to add extra clay to the back of the neck that’s fine, even if it’s a little messy don’t worry about it, the felt scarf will cover it up.
Attach the snowman head and then add his features: pinch the clay together to form a nose use your stylus for the eyes and a ¼ round cutter for the mouth.
Bake your piece #2
Place your finished wreath and snowman on a ceramic tile and bake your pieces in the oven according to the directions in Step 1. Allow to cool.
Dressing the Snowman
Use a piece of the White Gold Glitter and run it through the clay-conditioning machine on the #5 (or thinner setting). Use a Sculpey Super Slicer blade and cut out a strip of clay long and wide enough to cover each foot of the snowman. Use your finger to smooth the clay over the foot of the snowman. Use the clay knife to create two lines on the shoe.
The black soles of the shoes use a piece of Twinkle Twinkle clay and run it through the clay-conditioning machine on the #7 (or thinnest setting). Take the ¾ oval cutter and cut out two pieces and place them on the bottom of each foot. Use your clay knife to make lines.
Use a piece of the White Gold Glitter and run it through the clay-conditioning machine on the #3. Use ½ round cutter to create the base of the hat. Roll and slice a ¼ tube for the top part of the hat. Use a thin strip of Pomegranate clay to wrap around the base of the hat.Cut a small piece of wire and insert it into the top of the snowman’s head. Then apply Bake n'Bond on the wire and insert the hat onto the wire.
Bake your piece for the final time
Place your finished Snowman wreath on a ceramic tile and bake your pieces in the oven according to the directions in Step 1 above.
Finishing the Snowman
You can leave the snowman the color of the white clay or if you find you have lots of little dust pieces on your snowman (like we did) you can paint it coat of white. Paint the snowman: • Red for the mouth and cheeks• Black for the eyes and shoelaces• Orange for the nose• Gold for the shoe laces holes, and dot around the wreath• Dark Green for the holly leaves lines.Add a glossy coat of varnish on the boot soles, the nose and the red berries,Apply a piece of red felt for the scarf and finally attach a red piece of twine or ribbon for hanging.
Tips:• Wash your hands after using the red color clay before handling the lighter clay colors.• Use a little baby powder on your hands and surface if your Sculpey Ultra Light clays get too warm and sticky to handle.