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Sculpey Bake ’n Bend Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley is traditionally drawn on paper and then flown all around the world via the US Postal system so that students can log and record his adventures and mileage. Why not make a Flat Stanley who’s a little more rugged but still flexible using Bake ’n Bend?

Designed by Amy Koranek

CLAYS: Sculpey® Bake ’n Bend 2oz. Blue - 1 Block Sculpey® Bake ’n Bend 2oz. Red - 1 Block Sculpey® Bake ’n Bend 2oz. Beige - 1 Block Sculpey® Bake ’n Bend 2oz. Black - 1 Block Sculpey® Bake ’n Bend 2oz. Yellow - 1 Block
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Square cookie cutters, Copier paper

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Getting Started:Polymer 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® Work ‘n Bake 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.
Since Flat Stanley is, well, very flat, it’s a little hard to move him once he’s complete. A helpful tip will be to design your Flat Stanley on a piece of paper so that you can easily transfer him to a baking sheet when he’s all done. Roll out Blue very thinly - try to go less than an 1/8” thick. Cut out a 3” X 3” square. Cut the square in half - these will be Stanley’s legs.
Overlap the tops of the legs as shown. If you want to, you can trim away the overlapped part or just smash it flat. Trim across the top of the pants so they have a straight top
Roll out Red very thinly - try to go less than an 1/8” thick. Cut out a 2” X 2” square. Lay the shirt right above the pants. Smooth the seams with your fingers between the pants and the shirt. Trim the shoulders a bit so they aren’t so square
Cut another 2” X 2” square. Cut it in half for arms, then trim the arms a little skinnier and at a little angle. Lay the arms right up next to the shirt. Smooth the seams with your fingers between the arms and the shirt. If your shirt sleeves have weird shoulders on them like mine does, then trim them back.
Add a skinny Beige neck and flat hands.
Add a big flat Beige head making sure your Flat Stanley is still flat enough to put into an envelope.
8.Now for the fun part! Decorate your Flat Stanley however you want to give him his own look and personality. Give him some hair, a nose and eyes and don’t forget to jazz up his shirt a bit so he looks cool for his world travels. Be creative, you could even make a Flat Sally! Transfer Stanley (or Sally) on his paper worksheet and put him right onto a baking pan. It’s ok to put the paper in the oven too. Bake at 275 for 20 minutes and allow him to cool completely before mailing him anywhere. If he bends while cooling, you can peel him off the paper and put him back in a warm oven to flatten him again.