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Lovely little polymer clay lamb pendant

Combining polymer clay and pearls — not a b-a-a-a-d idea. This lamb is so cute you will want a whole flock. 

SUPPLIES

sculpted lamb pendant

  • Premo Sculpey polymer clay
    • 2 oz. (56.7 g) each of 3 colors: white, ecru, and pearl
    • 1 oz. (28.3 g) each of 2 colors: gold and burnt umber
  • 12 4–5 mm white or cream pearls
  • 2 3–4 mm beads
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) 16-gauge craft wire
  • 28 in. (71 cm) 28-gauge craft wire
  • clear coating or varnish (Sculpey Satin) (optional)
  • mica powder (Pearl Ex #689 Blue Russet) (optional)
  • oven and thermometer, dedicated to use with polymer clay
  • paint, light brown (optional)
  • paintbrush (optional)
  • pasta machine, dedicated to use with polymer clay (optional)
  • sculpting tool
  • sponges (optional)
  • chainnose pliers
INSTRUCTIONS
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PHOTO A
MAKING THE LAMB

Wash your hands every time you switch clay colors when creating the lamb. Otherwise, the residue will mix with the other colors.

1. Condition each block of clay. 

2. To mix the wool color, combine 1 oz. (28.3 g) each of white and pearl. Blend in approximately 1⁄4 oz. (7.1 g) of ecru as in step 1.

3. To mix the color for the face and legs, combine 1⁄4 oz. (7.1 g) each of burnt umber, gold, and ecru. Adjust the color as desired: Use more ecru for a lighter color or more burnt umber for a darker color.

4. Roll a 1-in. (2.5 cm) ball of the wool-color clay. Flatten slightly with your hands. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 16-gauge wire and place it across the ball 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) from the top edge. Press the wire into the clay slightly (PHOTO A). This wire will remain in the piece throughout the sculpting and baking process. Use the hole the wire leaves after you remove it for stringing your pendant on a necklace.

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PHOTO B

5. Roll four 1⁄4-in. (6 mm) balls of the face/leg-color clay. Shape the balls into logs, tapering them slightly at one end. Flatten the opposite end by pressing onto the work surface to create the hoof.

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PHOTO C
6. Stand each leg upright, and, using the sculpting tool, cut straight down to make a small notch on one side. Press into the cut with the sculpting tool to open the notch and smooth the opening for a more natural look.

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PHOTO D

7. Attach the back legs to the body, pressing them into the back of the body, and leaving a little space between them. Turn the body over, and press firmly to smooth the connection between the body and the legs.

 

8. Attach the front legs, positioning them so that they alternate with the back legs. Pinch the tops of the front legs so they flatten where they attach to the body.

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PHOTO E
9. Roll an assortment of small balls of the wool-color clay, varying the sizes. Gently press them onto the body, covering the 16-gauge wire, the tops of the front legs, and the visible parts of the belly. Press firmly enough so they adhere, but don’t flatten them. The balls should look round and fluffy.

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PHOTO F

10. Roll a ball of face/leg-color clay approximately one-quarter the size of the body. Form an oval shape, tapering one end slightly. Position the oval on the body near the top, centered above the front legs. Pressing with your thumbs, attach the head to the body. The indentations will become the eye sockets.

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PHOTO G
11. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of 28-gauge wire. Center a 3 mm bead on the wire. Grip the wire ends with chainnose pliers 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) from the bead. Grip the bead with your fingers and twist the wires until the twist reaches the beadCut the wire, leaving a 1⁄8–1⁄4-in. (3–6 mm) twisted tail. Make a second eye.
 
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PHOTO H

12. Press the beads, wire tail first, into the center of each indentation on the head. Push until the wires are concealed in the clay.

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PHOTO I
13. Using the tip of the sculpting tool, make small slits into the end of the face. Begin with a V for the nostrils, and then make another slit at the base of the V to form a Y. For the mouth, press a little curved line beneath the Y.
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PHOTO J
14. Brush a light coating of mica powder on the tip of the nose.
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PHOTO K
15. Wash your hands. Make more small balls of wool-color clay, and gently press them on the forehead, covering the entire top of the head.
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PHOTO L
16. To make the ears, roll out two teardrop-shaped pieces of face/leg-color clay. Use the sculpting tool to make a hole in each side of the head. Press the teardrop-shaped pieces into the holes, (narrow end first). Press in firmly. Pinch the tops of the ears to flatten them.
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PHOTO M
17. Repeat step 11 using pearls. Press them into the body, positioning them as desired.
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PHOTO N
BAKING AND FINISHING

1. Heat oven to 275ºF (135ºC), or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the oven thermometer to monitor the temperature during the baking process. Bake the clay for approximately 30–40 minutes. Good ventilation is essential when baking clay.

2. Allow the piece to cool completely. After cooling, use chainnose pliers to remove the 16-gauge wire, pulling and twisting to loosen the wire if it sticks.

3. Using a paintbrush, apply a small amount of light-brown paint to the lamb, and immediately wipe it off with a damp sponge (PHOTO N). Use several sponges so that the remaining paint on the lamb does not become muddy. Allow the paint to dry completely.

4. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply the clear coating or varnish. Do not paint over the pearls or the eyes.

5. Bake the lamb again for 20 minutes at 200ºF (93.3ºC) to set all the finishes.

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