Getting Started:Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. 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 degrees F (130 degrees C) for 15 minutes per ¼” (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use and oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be done by an adult.Begin by preheating oven to 275 degrees F (130 degrees C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Lay the headband on a piece of paper and trace the shape of it.
Starting at the center top of the headband, wrap one green chenille stem from the center downward. Wrap it tightly and press the end to the side of the headband. Repeat wrapping the second green stem from the top center down the other side.
Cut the super thick brown and the pink stems in half. Bend the super thick brown stems in half. Bend the pink stems in half and tuck them into the brown ones.
Bend 1/2” of the brown and pink stems at the bottom on each side. Tape the bent areas to the wrapped headband.
Wrap one green chenille stem over the tape on each side.
Mark the placement of the ears on the tracing of the headband. Set the sketch and the headband aside for now.
Next we’ll focus on the parts needed to decorate the headband. For leaves, make flat teardrops from String Bean. Use the tip of the Etch ‘n Pearl to draw a vein down the center and score lines along the edges. For my finished headband I made five of this style leaf. For smaller simpler leaves, make small teardrops and score a vein down the center of each. Make four of these.
For the large flower in the center, mix Teal and White together 1:1. Make five little pancakes. Pinch each one to a point. Place all the points in the center to shape the flower.
For the pink roses, mix Poppy and White together 1:1. Make a 1/4” rope 2” long. Pinch the rope very firmly along one side so that it gets wavy. Roll the piece up so that it looks like a rose. For the finished headband, make two of these.
For the yellow roses, follow the rose instructions from Step 10 using Lemonade. Pinch some more petals from Lemonade and add them around the outside of the rose center. Make two of these.
Place a piece of barrier paper over your drawing of the headband from Steps 2 and 3. Arrange all the flowers and leaves on the barrier paper matching the shape of the headband. Add a Teal center to the middle of the large flower with the large ball tool.
Add details as desired to the design. I added White small pearls with the Small Etch ‘n Pearl tool. I added Light Teal seed pods with the large ball tool and filled them with Poppy seeds using the medium Etch ‘n Pearl. Bake the flower arrangement on the barrier paper. When it is completely cool, glue the clay flowers to the front of the headband with silicone glue. Allow to dry completely. Then attach the stick antlers to the back of the headband with hot glue