Free Art For All - Sculpting a Valentine Wreath

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We are still working with the compound called Sculpey III. We created Christmas ornaments the last couple of weeks.  The Panda Bear can be found here and The Snowman can be found here. We are going to build on those skills by sculpting a valentine heart. We will be thinking about Valentines Day. This will be one of the few times we are actually early in teaching a skill to meet a holiday.
1. Sculpey III compound: red, green, white
2. Can of soda, we will not drink any of it
3. Small tools, I used; needle nose pliers, wood skewer, paper towel, soap and water
4. 1 metal paperclip
5. Needle nose piers
6. Oven preheated to 275 degrees
Trace a circle around the bottom of the can of soda. This is our size guide. Our sculpture will fit around the lines of the can. Divide the red sculpey into 3 equal pieces. Start by kneading the red sculpey and forming balls. With you hands roll a large worm shape, about 14” long. Do this to all 3 balls. Pinch the ends of the red together and let the 3 worms lay loose. Now we braid. Make sure to keep the braid tight and even. When you can braid no more position the braid around the traced can. Pinch top and bottom together to form the top of the heart and shape the bottom to a V. Next we make the flowers with the white and green sculpey.
Clean up and store the sculpey correctly. Finally, place the heart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Reshape as necessary. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 275 degrees. Set the timer for 20 minutes and check. If the white is still white continue baking for 10 minutes.
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