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Hangin' Out Clay Monkey

Hang out with the coolest animal there is with this awesome Sculpey® craft that kids can make. Make a Hangin' Out Clay Monkey, and hang it anywhere you'd like. Your banana-loving friend can hang off of a door knob, a drawer, a hanger; you name it! Have a great time sculpting this adorable little pal that can make a wonderful gift, too. If your grandma likes to garden, she'd love to hang monkey man on her pot, or grandpa can hang it off his tool box. Hang out with the family and craft this funny, furry friend from Polyform all together. Keep your bananas at a distance, though, or you might find some missing!

Hangin' Out Clay Monkey

Materials:

  • Sculpey® Bake Shop: Black - 2 oz-- 1 block
  • Sculpey® Bake Shop: Tan - 2 oz-- 1 block
  • Sculpey® Bake Shop: Brown - 2 oz-- 1 block
  • Sculpey® Bake Shop: Yellow - 2 oz-- 1 block
  • Tool Set

Tips:

  • 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 1/4" (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 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.

Instructions:

  1. Using brown clay, make one 1” diameter ball into a large teardrop shape for body.
     
  2. Make one 11/16” diameter ball into tapered cylinder for head.
     
  3. Make two 9/16” diameter balls into tapered logs for legs.
     
  4. Make two 5/8” diameter balls into tapered logs for arms.
     
  5. Make two tiny snakes for hair.
     
  6. Make one 3 1/4" L x 3/16” diameter brown snake for tail.
     
  7. Using tan clay, make one 3/8” ball into flattened tear drop for belly.
     
  8. Make two 1/2” balls into flattened tear drops for feet.
     
  9. Make two 7/16” balls into rounded triangles for hands.
     
  10. Make one 5/16” ball flattened. Using your fingernail press down gently on the top to create a small indentation for face.
     
  11. Make one 1/4” ball into oval for nose. Use plastic modeling tool to make 2 indentations for nostrils.
     
  12. Make two 3/8” balls into circles, gently flatten, and gently press knuckle of pinky finger to create indentation for ears.
     
  13. Using black clay, make 2 tiny balls for eyes.

    Hangin' Out Clay Monkey
     
  14. Using yellow clay, make one 3/8” diameter ball into tapered log; taper both ends of log into a banana shape. Add tiny brown balls to each end of banana.
     
  15. Assemble monkey as shown. Use a modeling tool to add details to ankles, wrists, belly, and around face. Wherever the tan and brown clay meet there should be line to look like fur. Add lines to face for eyebrows and mouth.
     
  16. Once monkey is assembled curl the tail over the side of your pot to make sure it fits properly. 
     
  17. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) of thickness. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT exceed the above temperatures or recommended baking time. Baking should be completed by an adult.


 

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