Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay 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 ¼" (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.
Ouchie Bear Body: Prepare your Sculpey III Polymer Clay by kneading some Hot Pink clay with some White clay until it becomes a light Pink and is soft and pliable – let rest for 10-20 minutes. Once the clay has rested, it is time to make the Body Parts - Head, Body, Legs, Arms and Ears! Each is made by taking clay and rolling it in your hands to form the shape. The Body starts as a circle then you use the sides of your palms to form a teardrop shape. Add some Wire at the top of the Body, this helps with assembling your Bear later. The Arms are similar to how you formed the Body, but you use less clay and you expand the teardrop to form a much longer and thinner shape with one end pointed. Curve the Arms up or down, depending on what position you want your Bear to be in. The legs are similar to the body shape, just use less clay and make them much smaller, one in Pink and one in White - the White one will be the Bear's Cast/Bandaged Foot. Lastly the ears are made my creating two balls then flattening them with your fingertips. Next take the Large Ball Tool and press into the centers of each. Then place a small circle of clay into each Ear to add color - press down to flatten. TIP: Keep in mind forming the Body Parts might take a few attempts to get exactly right; don’t give up!
Eye: Take the Head of the Bear and using your Large Ball Tool push firmly into the clay to create an Eye Socket for your Bear.
Nose: Take a small piece of Orange clay and roll it in your fingers to make a tiny oval shape. Flatten it just a little with your fingers. Next grab an Exacto Knife and cut tiny slits for the Bear's Nostrils. TIP: If your hands get messy while sculpting, take a break to wash them. You can also keep Hand Wipes handy or use a chunk of White clay to roll on your hands to collect any dust, dirt, or excess clay!
Creating Bandages: Take a large chunk of White clay and knead it until it is soft and pliable. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Once rested use your Rolling Pin to flatten the White clay to desired thickness. With an Exacto Knife, cut strips of White clay to mimic Bandages for your Ouchie Bear. They can be thin strips or wide strips or a variety - it's up to you!
Detailing the Face: Grab the Head of your Bear. Taking the White strips you just made, place them on the face to look like Bandages. With this part you can be very creative about where to place them - have fun! Next take some Purple clay to make a "Bruised" Eye effect - make a little ball of Purple clay, place it in the Eye Socket then using the Medium Ball Tool press into the clay to form another circle of clay inside the eye. Once finished, make another small ball of clay, but in White, this is the Eyeball! Using some Sculpey Bake and Bond – This is a bakeable adhesive that form an incredibly strong bond between two pieces of polymer clay – apply a dab on the Eyeball then press it into the hole you just formed. Next take some Granny Smith Green clay and make the Iris of the eye by making a small ball of clay, flatten it with your fingers, then press into the center of the Eyeball. Now take the Nose you made earlier and press it onto the Face using a small bit of Bake and Bond if you wish. Lastly grab a pinch of the Pink clay you mixed earlier to make the Mouth. Take a small circle of clay, press it onto the face, then take the Small Ball Tool and push into the center to form the Mouth.
Assembling Part I: Grab the Head and the Body you created earlier. Place a dot of Bake and Bond at the top of the Body, where the Neck would be. Then slide the Head onto the Wire and attach it to the Body by pressing down gently, but with some pressure. At this point, add the Belly by preparing some Turquoise clay. Mix with White to form a light Blue color, then make an Oval shape by rolling in your palms. Flatten and attach to the Bear's Body, applying gently pressure.
Assembling Part II: Using the Medium Ball Tool, make indents for the Legs. Push into the clay, then add some Bake and Bond into the holes. Next grab the Legs you made earlier and press them into the indents.
Assembling Part III: Start attaching the Arms you made earlier - positioning however you wish! Next take some Green clay and make details on Belly - Nipples and Bellybutton. To make Bellybutton, use the Small Ball Tool to make a hole in the center, then add more clay! Now onto the Toes - take more Pink clay and form 3 small balls for Toes. Make them descending in size and place them on the Ouchie's Cast/Foot with some Bake and Bond to hold them on.
Ears: Take each Ear you made earlier and using the Small Circle Cutter, cut into the Ear to make a semi-circle, this helps when you attach to the Bear's Head! Attach them on the Head using a small dab of Bake and Bond.
Bake and Paint: Take a look at your Ouchie Bear and add any last minute clay details - maybe more Bandages or Stitches etc. Once you are done and happy with your unbaked Ouchie Bear, bake it according to the instructions on the Sculpey III packaging (275°F / 130°C | 15 minutes per ¼ inch / 6mm). Remove from oven and let cool completely! Once cool, take your Acrylic Paint out and with a Toothpick or Small Ball Tool dab into the Black paint and make a small dot for the Pupil of the Eye. Continue this step for the white accent on the Pupil and the pink Cheeks of the Bear. Let dry and you are done! TIP: If you are not comfortable with paint, you can always make these details in clay instead!