Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work 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.
Condition a 3/4 inch ball of white clay (SIII White Glitter) by rolling it for a few minutes between your hands until it becomes soft then form a ball. Flatten the ball with the palm of your hand to make an oval shape.
Condition a small ball of black clay (SIII Black Glitter) and roll it out to make it flat and as thin as you can – use an acrylic roller, pasta machine or any round tool from around the house (rolling pin, paintbrush, pen…). Cut a 1/4 inch wide strip, square off the ends and place around the body to create a line.
Form all the body parts using black clay (SIII Black Glitter).
Roll a 1/4 inch ball of black clay (SIII Black Glitter) into a strip with round ends and cut the ends of – these will be the back legs and roll two 1/8 inch balls with the rest for the front legs.
Attach the legs to the body, press them on to make them stick.
Roll a 1/4 inch ball of black clay (SIII Black Glitter), flatten it and cut in half to create two ears. Place them onto the head, press them down to make them stick.
Condition two small balls (1/8 inch) of black clay (SIII Black Glitter), flatten them and place them on either side of the face to create the eyes.
Add two tiny balls of white clay (SIII White Glitter) in the centre of the eyes to create the panda’s expression. Place them more towards the centre for a goofy look, or to one side if you want your panda to look sideways.
Condition a small ball of black clay (SIII Black Glitter) and roll it out as thin as you can – cut two small strips, bend them and place on the face to create the mouth.
Add a tiny ball of black clay at the top for the nose.
Condition a small amount of pink clay (SIII Pink Glitter), make two tiny balls for the cheeks (about 1/16 in) and apply them either side of the face – press them down to make them stick.
Condition a small amount of Sculpey Tan and roll into a thin strip with rounded ends, then roll three thinner strips and add across the larger one to create the bamboo stick. Place it on the panda and press down gently to make it stick.
Mix a 1/8 inch ball of Sculpey Granny Smith and a 1/8 inch ball of SIII White Glitter together and roll two tiny balls, flatten them and give them a leaf shape by making them pointy at one end. Cut an indent halfway across and place onto the bamboo stick.
You are all done! Bake for 30 min following the directions in Step 1 above.