Getting StartedPolymer 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, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or 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 Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Take a length of aluminum foil and form a core for the monster in a slightly flattened-round ball shape roughly the size to fit in the palm of your hand (about 1 ½ to 2 inches). Cut 5-6 leg pieces from 20 gauge craft wire and wrap each tightly with a thin layer of foil.
Create a random mixture of the Bright Green Pearl, Peacock Pearl and Jade. I used a 2:1 mix of the Jade in comparison with the other greens. Cover the round ball and each leg piece completely with the well-conditioned mixture of clay. Leave approximately ½ inch of wire exposed at one end of each leg piece to allow for attaching to the body. Work out any air bubbles. The surface does not need to be completely smooth: lumps and bumps give character to this piece.
Cover the body portion of the foil with the same clay mix. Use the needle tool to poke holes in the bottom/sides where you want to attach the legs. Insert the exposed wire on the ends of the legs into the body and blend with your fingers and sculpting tools to smooth. Add small pieces of clay if necessary where the leg & body meet to fully attach.
Using the large and medium ball stylus tools; create indentions in the face area for eyes. Feel free to add more or less eyes than the 3 shown on my monster. Roll balls of white clay for the eyes. If you would rather not paint the eyes after baking, you can use the small ball stylus tool to poke a pupil in each eye ball.
To make the mouth, use the needle and ball stylus tools to cut a mouth shape into the face. Make small teeth shaped bits of white clay and insert into the mouth. Use bits of the Purple Pearl and left over green clays to make warts for the monster. Press randomly onto the body and legs.
Bake at recommended settings for recommended times above. While your monster is baking, you can create the optional flower bouquet. To make the flower bouquet, you will need flower shaped wooden buttons or other shapes if desired. Glass beads/buttons will work as well. Cut about a 6 inch length of 20 gauge craft wire. Insert the wire through the holes of one button, twist at the back to secure. Continue adding additional buttons in the same manner, twisting the wire at the back as you go. Once you have added the number that you want, fold in half the remaining length towards the flowers and turn until it is tightly twisted. (Note, if you only have 1 ½ or so of wire left at the end, the last part is unnecessary). Set aside to be added to the piece after baking and painting. NOTE: You can even make the flowers out of leftover clay!
After your monster is baked and cooled, apply a patina of acrylic paint. Wipe off paint with barely dampened sponge. This will fill in any detail lines in the clay. Dry brush minute amounts of Neon Pink acrylic paints to features to give depth to the color of the sculpture.
Paint each eye with a different dark metallic paint. Wait until it dries and apply a corresponding iris with a lighter shade of metallic paint in a slightly smaller circle. When dry, paint a smaller circle of black for the pupil, adding white dots when black paint dries.
Apply Sculpey gloss to eyesand other features you wish to stand out. Wrap the flower bouquet around the end of one leg.