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 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 15 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.
For torso: Roll out a 1.25” ball of Super Sculpey and shape it into a teardrop and place on the work surface. For legs roll out two .75” balls of Super Sculpey into logs and bend up for feet, add five balls of Super Sculpey for five toes on each foot. Press each leg to the bottom side of the torso. Make skin crease lines using a needle tool or toothpick to the bottoms of both feet.
For his sash, flatten a 1” ball of white clay and drape as shown. For arms roll out two .75” balls of Super Sculpey and press into shoulder area for each. For added stability, insert a piece of toothpick into the neck area and insert a .75” or larger ball for his head. Add ears, nose and make a smile using a needle tool or toothpick. For hair, make various snakes of yellow clay and press on head.
Hearts: Make 3 hearts by using small amounts of red clay into teardrops and pressing together to resemble hearts. Place one heart on his left shoulder, one heart on his right foot. The other heart will be used for the tip of the arrow.
Harp/Arrow: For harp, roll out gold clay and shape into a fancy “W” shape (see photo) – insert white wire as shown to connect the harp ends. For arrow, cut a 1” length of white wire and insert into the third heart…insert the handle end into Cupid’s right hand. If desired use a dab of super glue on the wire BEFORE inserting. Place arrow over the harp wire and press arrow heart onto harp for stability.
Wings: Use a cookie cutter or freehand wings – press into place.
BAKE AS DIRECTED: When cooled draw on eyes and add white dots of paint for cheek highlights.
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