**Create this step a day ahead to leave enough time for piece to dry and harden.Take a piece of the Polyform Model Air, air dry clay and roll out a thin layer with your acrylic roller and cover your 2” smooth foam ball. Press firmly with fingers. Insert a toothpick into the top of the ball. Set aside to dry for at least 24 hours
Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, a ceramic tile 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 °F for 30 minutes per 1/4 in 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.Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F. 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.
Mix together a piece of ¼ bar of White and Turquoise clay and with the Clay Conditioning Machine on the # 6 setting, create a sheet. From the sheet cut a free form “ice flow” shape with Exacto knife.
With the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #1 setting create a sheet of White Translucent clay. Make sure the sheet is large enough to cover the free form shape. Cut 2 free form shapes just a little larger than the Turquoise/White shape. Sandwich the free form shape between the translucent shapes then cut out. Place on tile and bake as directed above. Prepare a bowl of ice water and place your ice base directly into the water right when it comes out of the oven for 30 minutes. This will enhance the translucence of the clay.
Once your ice base is baked and cooled, figure out where you want to place your snowball on the base. Then make a little hole with your xacto knife and glue a toothpick to support the snowball when you glue it to the base.
Once snowball is dry, paint it white then add a coat of glue and a dusting of glitter. Glue to ice base. Let dry.
Use a toothpick to create a little snow frost on your ice base using 3-D snow paint like Aleene’s True Snow paint. Before paint dries add a dusting of glitter. Set aside to dry.
Black Body - In your hands roll a Black oval approx a 1”. Press down on one end of the oval so it will stand by it self. With your fingers, lightly sculpt out your penguin’s tail and two wings by pulling the clay and squeezing.
To create a penguin looking up, just press the top of the oval with your finger back towards the tail to the angle you want.
With the Clay Conditioning Machine on the # 3 setting, roll ¼ of the Orange bar into a sheet. Use mini metal cutter hand from the premo baby set to cut out your penguin’s feet. Remove the pointer finger and thumb of the hand with and Exacto knife – the penguin will have three toes. * If you don’t have the mini hand cutter, you can just cut out feet shapes free hand with a knife. With the extra orange clay roll a small cone shape for the beak.
With the Clay Conditioning Machine on setting #5 create a sheet of White clay from ¼ of the bar. Cut out a long and thin paper heart template approx 1 ¼ tall for the penguins’ body or you can cut out the shape free hand. *If you plan on make a lot of penguins, having paper templates is helpful.
Add your White heart shape clay to front of your penguin so the bottom of the heart wraps under the body. Add the two orange feet to the bottom. Create two eyes with your stylus tool. Before you attach the beak, cut a small piece of toothpick and cover the end with the Bake & Bond and insert it into the face. Attach the Orange beak to the toothpick. *This will give the beak extra strength once it’s baked.
Use the extra toothpick to create a hole in the bottom of the penguin you want to sit atop of the snowball. Place on a ceramic tile and bake as directed above. Once baked and cooled dip the tip of a toothpick in Black paint to paint the penguins’ eyes. You can also embellish your penguins by adding a felt scarf.
With the Clay Conditioning Machine on setting #1 create a sheet of White clay. Use a small snowflake cutter to cut out the shape and add a small hole so it can be hung with wire. Place on tile and bake as directed above. Once baked and cooled decorate with blue and silver 3D paint and brush with glitter. Finally, attach it to silver 18-gauge wire.
With the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #3 setting create a sheet of Silver clay. Use the Sculpey Alphabet Stamper to make the word “SNOW”, then cut out with the Super Slicer blade. Add two holes on each end to add string and attach to the snowball. Place on tile and bake as directed above. Once cooled you can paint the words and add 3D snow to the top. Add string and tie it to the snowball.
Once the pieces are cooled and all the details are added glue the penguin you want to sit on top of the snowball onto the toothpick. Put the snowflake on the wire and tie the SNOW sign around the ball. You can glue the other two penguins around the base or not. **We decided not to so we can move them around. Enjoy your chilly scene!