Aluminum foil, needle tool, heart shaped cutter, alphabet rubber stampers, sponge, paint brush, dark acrylic paint such as Black Plum
Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. 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 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) 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 Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Create two foil cores in oval/egg-shapes. One foil core should be larger than the other for the father figure. Make sure the foil is tightly compacted so that there will be no air bubbles when baked. Make sure clay is well conditioned.
Roll out black clay to thickest setting on pasta machine and cover the foil cores in about two layers of the clay. Use needle tool to remove any air bubbles that form until clay is well secured to foil core. Condition and roll out ¼ to ½ block of white clay. Cut out an egg-like shape to cover the belly section only of the father penguin. Apply to his black clay covered body. Cut out exaggerated peanut shape for child’s belly/face combo. Apply to child penguin body.
Using the black clay, form four wing-like flattish shapes. Two will be slightly smaller than the other two for the child penguin. Put wings aside for now. Make a small cone shaped black piece for each body’s “tail”. Blend onto the back of the penguin bodies.
Make two small balls of orange clay for the feet of each penguin. Slightly flatten the back of each foot piece. Using the needle tool, cut/indent toes on the rounded side. Attach to the underside of the body by pressing the slightly flattened back part of the feet pieces to the bottom of the penguin body.
To make the beaks, roll a small rounded-tipped cylinder shape piece of the orange clay. The part that attaches to the face will be flattened. Use the needle tool to indent lines to bisect the beak halves if desired. I only did a partial line on mine curving up slightly on the end closest to the face to give an indication of a smile.
For the eyes, roll out four small round balls of white clay. The father’s eyes will be larger than the child’s. Using the rounded end of the style and detail tool (large for father and medium for child), make indents on the face for the balls of white clay to go in. Before placing the child’s eyes on the face, use the medium style and detail tool to make small “cups” of pieces of black clay to cup around the back of the child’s eyes to help them stand out against the white face. Use the small style and detail ball tool to press pupil holes into each eyeball. (If you choose not to add a patina after baking, place a tiny dot of black clay into the hole for a pupil…or forgo the hole and hand paint the pupils after baking.)
Press the two penguins together. Attach arms as desired. I have one of the father’s arms wrapped across his child’s back.
To make the heart that the child is holding, roll out the red glitter clay at the thickest setting on the pasta machine. Use a small heart cutter to press out the shape. Smooth edges. Using alphabet stamps spell out “Dad”. Use detail tools to add accents.
Use colors of your choice to make a bow for the child if a girl as indicated in the photo. This step is optional. If for a boy child could choose to make a ball cap or other item to customize.
Bake at recommended settings for recommended times. After cooled, apply a patina of acrylic paint. Wipe off paint with barely dampened sponge. This will fill in the eye pupils and any detail lines in the clay. Apply Sculpey gloss to eyes, beaks, feet and other features you wish to stand out.
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