Sculpey® III Scary Cat Halloween Ornament
- Sculpey® III Oven Bake Clay Bars, 2oz. – Just Orange, White, Black, Chocolate, Leaf Green and Yellow
- Sculpey® Bake and Bond
- Sculpey® 5-in-1 Tool Set Needle Tool
- Sculpey® Clay Tool Starter Set Knife Tool
- Sculpey® Style and Detail Tool Set Ball Tip
- Tool, 6mm
- Sculpey® Super Slicer
- Clay Dedicated Pasta Machine
- Craft Wire, 20ga (1½")
- Acrylic Paint – Dark Burnt Umber
- Ribbon, 1/8" – Black (5")
- Wire Cutters
- Paintbrush with Stiff Bristles
- Kitchen Sponge or Soft Cloth
- Needle Nose Pliers
Body: Using a ¼ bar of black clay, form a snake about 4' long and ½" thick. Fold in half to form body and legs.
For the back legs -- flatten and shape the back leg part and use the knife's edge to carve/define what would be the cat's left leg. Using the knife tool from the Clay Tool Starter Set, lay it on the flat side and press down to define the cat's "right/back" foot. Use your fingers to pinch the joint of the cat's left leg out to a "point". Then using your fingers, flatten to shape the thick part of the cat's upper left hind leg to round it.
For the front legs, flatten the clay with your fingers, and cut the legs apart to a point about one inch up. Spread the cat's right leg to the left, (up and out) to make room for the pumpkin later. With your fingers, flatten and smooth the legs to the same size to match the back legs. Smooth the edges where you made the cut with the knife. Press down with fingers to widen the paws, and use the knife edge to notch the toes. Make sure to spread the toes of the cat's right rear toes and the cat's left front toes so that they are touching/connecting. This makes the piece stronger at the legs.
Use the knife tool from the Clay Starter Tool Set to indent the paws and carve lines to resemble fur.
Tail: Using black clay, make a ½" ball and shape into a feather. Apply a dab of Bake and Bond to back side of cat’s body and blend/smooth the narrow end of the tail into the body using your fingers. Use the knife tool to carve fur-like notches into the tail.
For the head, use black clay, make a ½" ball and flatten and shape to resemble a cat’s head. Use the knife tool to cut “whiskers” into the sides of the cat’s face. Use the knife tool to add lines to look like fur.
For the face, add the cat’s head to body. Add face as follows: Make two tiny 1/16" balls of white clay and roll out fangs and place on cat’s chin. Make two 3/16" black balls and flatten slightly to form the cheeks. Add Bake and Bond and press the cheeks on the face and covering tops of teeth. Make a 1/8" black ball for the nose, press onto top of cheeks. Poke holes in cat’s muzzle with your needle tool. Use the 6mm ball end tool to carve the eye sockets. Make two 1/8" balls of white clay and put them in the sockets. Poke a hole with the needle tool for the pupils. Make a ¼" black ball, flatten and cut in half using the knife tool. Attach at an angle over the eyes.
Ears: Make two 5/16" balls of black clay and form into tear drops. Add Bake and Bond to head, gently press down with the tip of the knife tool to help secure piece to head and to add fur detail to the ear.
Pumpkin: Make a ½" ball out of Just Orange clay, and then form an oval. Place pumpkin oval next to cat’s left front leg. Curve other leg over top of pumpkin. Use the knife to carve grooves, nose and mouth into face of pumpkin. Make 2-1/8" balls out of Chocolate and white clay. Blend them together to form stem about 5/8" long, thicker at the bottom. Add to top of pumpkin. Make grooves in the pumpkin with the knife tool.
Leaf and vine for Pumpkin: Make a 1/8" ball of Leaf Green and roll out a long, thin snake. Taking both ends, twist in opposite directions to form the coil. Add a dab of Bake and Bond to stem and apply the coil end. Press lightly. Make five 1/8" balls and shape into flattened teardrops. Lay on work space with wide ends meeting to form the leaf. Use the 6mm ball tip tool to blend them together at the center. Add Bake and Bond to cat and lightly press leaf on. Add leaf veins with a knife tool.
Pumpkin Eyes: Using the 6mm ball tip tool, press face to make eye sockets. Make two 1/16" yellow balls. Place into sockets. Use needle tool to add holes for pupils.
Use needle nose pliers to bend and twist the 1½" length of wire to form a loop. Push twisted wire into the top of the cat all the way to the loop.
Bake as directed and let cool completely.
Using the paintbrush, apply the Dark Burnt Umber acrylic paint to the entire piece (except for the black clay areas). Quickly, before the paint dries, using a dampened sponge or soft cloth, remove the paint from the surface of the clay but leaving paint in the holes, cracks, crevices, stamped and carved areas. This will add depth and accent the textures of your piece.
Add some ribbon and your Halloween Tree Ornament is finished and ready to hang!
TipsBaby wipes are the best way to clean up after playing with clay!
Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, 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 (130°C) for 15 minutes per ¼" (6mm) 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. Baking should be completed by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 275°F (130°C). 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.