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 20 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.
Set aside enough Coal Black to make little pupils for Step 8. From the remaining Coal Black, shape a large cone body, a ball head, and two teardrop wings.
For the decorations you will need to make a Holly Red cone hat; two flat Wreath Green triangles and a disk for the scarf; a flat Snowy White teardrop for the belly, a little pom pom ball for the hat, and two little circles for the eyes; from Jolly Gold, two long teardrops for the feet and a little beak; and finally mix a little bit of Snowy White with Holly Red to make glittery pink for the cheeks.
Time to put the little guy together! Position the feet at almost a 90 degree angle to each other and press the body down on top of them. Flatten the belly spot to the front.
Add the Wreath Green disk to the top of the body for a neck and add on the two scarf sections crossing one over the other.
Press the arms onto the sides of the body and position them as you like. Push the toothpick down into the body and sticking out at least 1/2” through the neck. This will support both the body and the head.
Press the head onto the toothpick and make sure it is well seated on top of the scarf.
Add the hat to the top of the head. Curl the tip of it down to make a loop for your ribbon to go through after baking. Secure the tip in place with the Snowy White pom pom. Add the other pieces as shown to make a cute face. You can poke the shaping end of the knife tool into the beak to make a mouth. Then pull up on the sides with the tapered end of the knife tool to make him smile. Add toe lines to the feet with the needle tool. Bake the penguin following the baking instructions in Step 1.
When the penguin is completely cool, add a ribbon through the loop in his hat to make him an ornament.
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