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Sculpey III® Cactus Sponge Holder

Designed by Amy Koranek
Make a cute little sink side rest for your sponge. Oven bake clays are naturally water resistant, but do wring out your sponge as much as possible before storing it in the cactus.

60 Minutes to make, bake and decorate - some drying time will be needed for the painted decorations
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Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name Qty
Sculpey III® Spring Green 2 oz
Sculpey III® Chocolate 2 oz
Sculpey III® Red Hot Red 2 oz
Sculpey III® Lemonade 2 oz
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Tool Starter Set
Sculpey Tools™ Dual End Detail Tools
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  • Toothpicks (4)
  • White paint marker
  • Fine line permanent black marker
  • Deep soup bowl for baking support
  • Paper towel

Project Instructions

    Getting Started:
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.

    Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure 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/curing; however please note that the baking/curing 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.
Condition each bar of Spring Green until soft. Make two large balls. If you want the cacti to be different sizes you can add some clay to one of the balls from the other
photo shows balls of clay
Flatten each ball into a large oval. I made them different shapes so one can be seen from behind the other when they are standing on the base. Flatten them to the work surface and smooth the edges so they are slightly thicker in the middle.
photo shows flattened shapes
For supports you will need four toothpicks.
photo shows toothpicks
Hold your palm on top of one of the cactus holding it flat to the work surface and carefully slide a toothpick up into the body of the cactus leaving only 1/4” of the toothpick exposed.
Put a second toothpick in.
Repeat by sliding two toothpicks into the second cactus likewise.
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Use 3/4 of the bar of Chocolate Sculpey III to form a domed base.
photo shows domed base
Position the cacti. Flat sides facing toward the middle, with the toothpicks going into the brown base. This is the view from the top.
Gently curve the cacti to take the shape of the base.
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Here’s the view from the side.
photo shows view from side
Flatten little bits of Red Hot Red into circles about the size of a dime.
photo shows flattened circles
Use a Needle Tool to push scallops in around the edges to create flower shapes.
photo shows flower shapes
Use the Ball Tool to push the flowers into connection along the top edge of the cacti making the petals bend at the same time.
photo shows adding flowers to top of cactus
Once all the flowers are positioned, add little bits of Lemonade to the centers and poke a hole in the middle of each with the Blunt Point.
photo shows completed flowers
Carefully set the sculpture into the bottom of a deep soup bowl. You can support the sides of the cacti with soft wads of paper towel.
Bake in the bowl following the baking instructions for Sculpey III.
Allow to cool completely before removing from the bowl.
photo shows clay placed into bowl
Add white paint marker spots to the cacti. I have balanced my cacti on a soft pad to support it while I add the dots.
photo shows white dots
Allow the paint to dry and then add fine prickly lines with fine line black permanent marker.
photo shows fine prickly lines added