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 15 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.
Begin by conditioning the clay in the amounts and colors required. Roll each piece of clay (starting with White, then Yellow, Dusty Rose, Emerald, Red, then finally, Black). Refer to penny for size of clay balls. See photo for the quantity and size of balls needed.
Shape the largest Black ball into the shape shown. Pinch one end to a point to create the penguin's tail.
Shape the largest Red ball into a "golf tee" shape (or Santa hat shape).
Press the hat onto the penguin's head. Then roll the largest piece of White clay into a thin snake.
Press the White snake shape around the bottom of the hat.
Press the top of the hat over so it touches the side.
Press the last two balls of White clay flat and shape into ovals.
Press the larger one to the belly area and the smaller one on the face beneath the brim of the Santa hat.
Shape the smaller balls of Black clay into teardrops, and press the rounded end to the penguin's body. Use the Needle Tool to press a line in each.
Flatten the largest Emerald ball of clay into a flat jelly bean shape. (Penny is for scale).
Use the Needle Tool to cut both ends straight, and to roll the middle thinner for a bow tie.
Use the Needle Tool to press the tie on the front of the penguin between the face and the belly.
Press a line in each side of the tie. This represents a "fold" in the tie.
Use the tiny flower cutter to make two holly leaves for the brim of the hat.
Presses a line in each side as you did the tie, and then add the smallest Red ball of clay to the middle.
Shape the remaining Black clay into a small, thin-ended snake. Use your Clay Knife to cut a very tiny sliver from the remaining piece. Use the tip of the Clay Knife to pick it up.
Press it on the front of the penguin's belly, as a tuxedo button.
Continue making three more of the "buttons" but use two of them for eyes.
Press the two, tiny Dusty Rose balls of clay onto the penguin's face below his eyes, to create the cheeks.
Shape the Yellow ball of clay into a cone shape. Press it onto his face between his cheeks.
Now, loop the red telephone wire around the Needle Tool as shown here.
Twist the open end around itself and then clip with the wire cutter or old scissors.
Carefully drill a hole in the back of the hat down into the body with the Needle Tool so it will accept the twisted end of the wire easily without distorting the shape of the clay.
Press the twisted end into the hole up to where the loop begins.
Bake according to the directions above in Step 1.