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Sculpey Soufflé Initial Ornament

Sculpey Soufflé Initial Ornament

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I wanted to make an ornament that could be easily customized after baking and was easy to make. I love the olive leaf design and I found a stamp I could use. It is so pretty! By: Lisa Rappa
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3 inch cookie cutter
Olive leaf stamp
Gold Paint pen
Twine or string
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Project Instructions
Your Work Space:
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 unprotec ted furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.
Getting Started:
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 30 minutes per ¼" (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.
Roll the clay through your Pasta on the thickest setting or #1.
Cut a 3 inch circle using a cookie cutter
Press the stamp into the clay ensuring you press evenly. Poke a hole in the top of the ornament large enough for a piece of twine or string to fit.
After the ornament has cooled completely, fill in the leaf impression with the paint pen.
Paint on the initial you want.
Add twine or string for hanging.

Easy to handle and relatively forgiving, polymer clay is the perfect medium for DIY ornaments. After baking and applying a glaze, the finished project is always beautiful. Polymer clay ornaments are easy to mold, kid-friendly and make excellent gifts. The Sculpey Soufflé™ Initial Ornament can be easily customized after baking. We use an olive leaf design, but the options are virtually endless! 

Why Work With Sculpey Soufflé™?

The right clay makes all the difference in the quality of your finished product. While all Sculpey® clays have their strengths, Sculpey Soufflé™ is an excellent choice for making ornaments, jewelry and larger home decor pieces. It is lightweight, strong and able to hold fine detail, making it perfect for advanced techniques such as caning, bargello and mokume gane. 

Sculpey Soufflé™ comes in 22 colors and boasts a beautiful suede finish when baked. Other benefits of working with this clay include:

  • After baking, Sculpey Soufflé™ is incredibly flexible yet strong.
  • Sculpey Soufflé™ takes paint well and is an excellent choice if you plan on painting your pieces after baking. 
  • Sculpey Soufflé™ is perfect for children's crafts due to its malleability and ease of use. 

Prepare Your Oven and Workspace for Your Clay Ornament 

We suggest using a 1-ounce bar of Sculpey Soufflé™ Igloo and a Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine or pasta machine for the Sculpey Soufflé™ Initial Ornament. 

Always make sure your work area is covered with disposable foil, a metal baking sheet, wax paper or the Sculpey Tools™ Oven-Safe Work Mat. This will protect any furniture or finished surfaces in your home, classroom or studio. 

Condition clay by running it through the Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine. You can also unwrap and knead clay until smooth and soft by hand — make sure your hands are clean before and after working with clay! We recommend using baby wipes to clean your hands when working with multiple colors or before switching colors.

Begin by preheating your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. You can bake your clay initial ornament right on the Sculpey Tools™ Oven-Safe Work Mat, or another oven-proof surface such as aluminum foil.

When you're finished sculpting the ornament, bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes per 6 millimeters of thickness according to the directions on your package. For best baking results:

  • Do not exceed the recommended temperature or recommended baking time.
  • Do not use a microwave oven.
  • Use an oven thermometer to ensure correct temperature.

How to Make the Sculpey Soufflé™ Initial Ornament

To make your clay initial ornament:

  • Set your pasta machine to #1 or the thickest setting. 
  • Roll Sculpey Soufflé™ Igloo through the machine. 
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out a 3-inch circle in the clay. 
  • Ensuring you are pressing evenly, push the stamp into the clay. 
  • At the top of the ornament, poke a hole large enough for a piece of string or twine. 
  • Bake according to the directions and let cool.
  • Use the paint pen to fill in the leaf impression completely.
  • Paint on your initial and add string or twine for hanging. 

Order Sculpey Soufflé™ Online Today 

Whether you're looking for ideas for a personal clay creation or want to see what others have made with Sculpey Soufflé™ clay, we are happy to supply the resources! Feel free to browse our Sculpey Soufflé™ featured projects for fun and easy crafts perfect for all ages.

Order Sculpey Soufflé™ and your Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine and get started on your clay initial ornament today!