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.
Take 3/4 of the block of brown clay. Tear a piece off, about the size of a hazelnut. Take the large piece and roll it into a ball, then flatten it into a large pancake. Take the smaller piece and roll it into long snakes. Set both of these aside until the end.
Now take some green and white clays and marble them together. Just a small amount will do. Do not fully combine them, you want it to be nice and streaky. Make 6 teardrops and place them together in 2 sets of three. You can make them all the same size or make each teardrop in the set decrease in size, it’s up to you.
Now take a medium sized ball of White clay and make your owl’s belly by forming a teardrop. Then take some Orange clay and make 6 teardrops. Form each of those teardrops into two “W” shapes and press them together slightly.
Add the feet you just made to the bottom of the teardrop. You can add a Green belly to coordinate with the lovely wings you just made too.
Now roll a White ball of clay about the size of a hazelnut.
Add the wings to the side of your teardrop. Place the White ball on top of everything. Press down firmly. Add a small triangle of Orange clay for a beak. Add Black dots of clay for eyes. Add tiny White dots for centers. Add Green around the eyes for something special too.
Take the pancake of clay you made in the beginning and place it on a wad of tissues to give it a curved shape. Add all the snakes of clay around the edges to make a “nest” for your owl. Place your owl in the middle and press down to adhere. Bake according to Step 1.
After baking, you can add details using acrylic paint if you’d like.
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