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Start out making an aluminum form for the head (1 1/2 -2”), and a pear shape form for the body (3-4”). Roll the forms over a hard surface to make it as solid and smooth as possible. Depending on how ‘rotund’ you want Santa around the middle, you can add half sheets and continue compacting until he is the desired shape. You’ll want to leave a little flat part on the bottom of the head and the top of the body so that they will rest on top of each other.
Cover the round ball (head) with Beige Sculpey III (about 1 block) and seal at the base. The excess can be used to create Santa’s nose. (Don’t worry about imperfections or areas that aren’t totally flat, most of the head will be covered. The most important part will be where his eyes are as that is really the only ‘exposed’ part of the beige. Cover the bottom third of the pear shaped foil with the color of Santa’s bloomers. (I used about 1 block of leaf green Sculpey III).
Add a strip for Santa’s shirt (I used suede brown) It doesn’t need to wrap all the way around, just make sure it covers all around the top where the head will rest. Next you will add his coat, which will wrap around the entire form.
Roll out a strip for Santa’s coat (I mixed a block of Souffle Cherry Pie and a block of Sculpey III Suede Brown), the edges do not have to be perfect because you will be adding a trim. Make sure you have covered all of the foil around the neck area.
For the trim, swirl some of the Beige and the Cherry Pie/Suede Brown mix and roll out a strip 7-8” long (the diameter should be a little thinner than a pencil). Starting at the top, pinch the roll slightly to ‘flatten’ it out as you apply it to the border of the coat. It should be long enough to reach around the entire coat, with a little left over.
For the arms, I used the same color as the shirt (suede brown), not quite 1 block. Add some wrinkles for detail. For the gloves, use the same color as his bloomers.
Once you add the arms and gloves, use the extra trim to add cuffs to his sleeves. Use a flat tool to secure the arms and gloves to the body.
Using a block of leaf green, roll out a strip for the trip of Santa’s hat. Add some creases for detail.
Using the same cherry pie/suede brown mix from the coat, mold a cone shape for the hat and twist the top to lengthen and give it some detail. Wrap the stip of green around and smooth over the joining crease. I added a pompom out of the same trim mix and used a sharp tip to create texture.
For the beard, start rolling out strips of Souffle Igloo (the diameter should be something similar to spaghetti or a little fatter). Depending on how “full” the desired beard, there will be somewhere between 30-40 pieces. Vary the lengths so that there are longer pieces on the bottom and make them progressively shorter towards the nose. The longer pieces should be 1- 1 1/4 “, pinch the top so that there is enough to adhere them to his face.
Continue adding layers until all the spaces have been filled.
Before baking, take a tiny piece of Igloo and roll tiny eye brows. Press gently to make sure they adhere. Bake according to the directions above.
Once he has cooled, add eyes using a black Sharpie or black craft paint in a tear drop with a dot of white paint. To finish him, mount on a piece of wood or birch slab with epoxy glue or CA glue. Using a wood burner, or sharpie, or paint, add a holiday message and date!