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 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.
Using one finger, smear the Translucent Liquid Sculpey into an even coat. Use a baby wipe to clean your finger.
Using a toothpick as a “spatula” drip a small amount of Pearl Ex mica powder onto the wet Translucent Liquid Sculpey Layer.
Smear the Pearl Ex powder into the wet TLS with one finger. Clean finger with baby wipe.
You can have the entire surface of canvas covered with color, or only partial.
Use a clean, dry foam stamp and press down into wet TLS. Lift straight up, removing some of the TLS. This will give you an imprint the shape of the stamp. Clean stamp with baby wipe. Set aside.
Properly condition White clay. Roll out to about 1/8 inch thickness. (Super Sculpey® Ultralight may also be used.) Use various sized round cutters or bottle lids to cut out circles to create a snowman. Smooth circle edges.
Stack your circles to form Snowman. Use Texture Sheets to press a design into one side of the snowman (mist the pattern sheet with clean water before impressing to help release easier). Curve up the sides a bit to give a rounded contour.
Use a piece of cardboard (here a cereal box was used) and draw a wing shape. Cut wing shape out with scissors.
Roll out a large White piece of clay to 1/8 inch thick. Place cardboard wing shape on top of clay, and using a clay blade, cut around the shape, giving you a nice clean wing shape of clay. Smooth edges. Using the Etch n Pearl tools, add lines, and circle for patterning.
Using the middle size cutter, cut a semi circle out of the decorated wing shape. This is where the wing will attach to the body.
Lay the snowman down carefully onto the wet TLS on the canvas. Use caution, where it goes down is where it will stay. If you try to move it, it will mess up the pattern in the wet TLS. Now position the wing. GENTLY use your fingers to press snowman and wing down fully. You want it to make 100% contact with the canvas, or air bubbles will form underneath.
Feel free to have the wing on either side of your snowman.
Using properly conditioned Black and Orange clay, roll out a little noses and lumps for the coal eyes and buttons.
Use a toothpick to put a dot of TLS under each nose, eye, or mouth piece before gently pressing to secure to the snowman.
Make 2 twig arms made from Chocolate clay and adhered with TLS make for interesting attitudes for your snowman.
If you would like to add more detail, add a scarf, colorful buttons, and halo, all made from clay as well. If you are going to add plastic charms later, press them gently into the clay to leave a slight impression. Then remove charm for baking.
Or maybe your snow fairy prefers a crown and stars! The metallic colors of clay look lovely and add so much personality! When you have your snow fairy just the way you like them, bake according to the directions above in Step 1.
Once baked, let cool completely. Then squirt a bit of Acrylic glaze on top of your baked snow fairy. Here, Goldens brand Burnt Sienna is used for an antiqued feel, but any color glaze will work to bring out the pattern. (Notice where the charm for a wand was pressed in and removed before baking)
Smear the acrylic glaze all over the canvas and snow fairy. Quickly wipe off excess with a paper towel, leaving only the glaze in the deep depressions of the texture.
A touch of glitter, and adhering the charms with E6000 is all that is left to be finished.