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Sculpey Soufflé™ Koi Tiger Earrings

Sculpey Soufflé™ Koi Tiger Earrings

Designed by Lauren Medina
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Sculpey Soufflé™ Koi is the perfect base color for these cool tiger earrings. Team the tigers up with a Sculpey Premo™ Ultramarine Blue background. Then use your paint pens to add the tiger striping details.TIME TO COMPLETION: 40 minutes to make 30 minutes to bake
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Printable Tiger Earring Shape Download
  • Exacto type blade
  • Instant glue
  • Posca paint markers in black, white and light pink
  • Resin and curing light (optional) OR: Sculpey Satin or Gloss Glaze
  • Needle tool for placing assembling holes
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Project Instructions

Step 1

    Getting Started:
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.

    Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure 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 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking/curing; however please note that the baking/curing 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.

Step 2

Download the PDF or reference this line drawing for your earring shapes/sizes. Printing on cardstock is best to create your stencil but regular copy paper will work too. Cut out your paper stencil. You should have a tiger body and a tapered rectangular shape with rounded edges both shapes about 2 inches tall.
photo shows line drawing

Step 3

After conditioning, roll out 1/4 bar of Soufflé Koi to about 1/16 inches thick. If using a pasta machine use setting 6 (7 is the thickest setting on my machine). Use a baby wipe to clean off your machine before running the next color through.

Adjust your setting to 5 on your pasta machine, roll out enough Ultramarine Blue clay for two thin tapered rectangular shapes.

Using your paper stencils cut out two pairs of tigers and tapered rectangles.
Make sure you flip the stencils over for the second shape so that you mirror the design and they won’t face the same direction.

Place holes for assembling in top center of the purple triangles.
photo shows tiger being cut out of Koi sheet

Step 4

Bake your pieces according to the directions in Step 1 above on a tile, index card or silicone mat according to the directions above. Allow the pieces to cool.
photo shows pieces ready to bake

Step 5

Apply a thin layer instant glue to the back of the tiger and quickly sandwich the back triangle to the tiger. Remember to make mirrored pieces!
photo shows gluing pieces together

Step 6

After the glue has dried, use a fine tip white, black and pink posca (acrylic) paint marker to draw on your details. Try your best to mirror your designs. Your stripes can look however you’d like - no two tigers are the same after all!

Let each color dry before layering another color on top.
I started with the forehead pattern and white around the eyes.
When drawing the chin/chest area you may need to apply 2 coats for an even, bright white coloring. Remember to let the first layer dry before adding the second, it will take a few minutes. It will look a little bit like a white beard, but trust the process!
You’ll end up with 2 adorable tigers.

Artist tip: you can use a hair dryer to speed up the paint pen drying time.
photo shows creating the tiger details

Step 7

(OPTIONAL) Add a thin layer of UV resin to the tigers to give your designs an extra shine and fully protect your hand drawn designs. Fully cure the resin according to the resin directions. You can also use Sculpey Gloss or Satin Glaze instead of resin!
photo shows as described

Step 8

Now to assemble your earrings! I’m using blue enamel studs with a loop fused to the back, 4 mm and 7 mm jump rings per pair. Depending what fastening/stud you’re using this may differ.
photo shows assembling the earrings

Step 9

Voilà! You’ve got yourself some adorable statement earrings. Nice work!
photo shows completed earrings