Cool California Ledge Mummy

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Even a mummy needs protection from the sun in the California heat.  This one has cool shades.  Perch this Halloween decor on the edge of a shelf, a table, or book.  One of the easiest clay projects ever, this mummy is perfect if you’re not a perfectionist because he’s not supposed to look pristine.  Wipe on and wipe off as much brown paint as you like to give the wrappings a stained and beat up look.

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1, the thinnest is 9.

Directions

Before you begin, condition each clay color.  All cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily lift off the work when necessary.

step 1 - Use your hands to form the foundation for the mummy with a clump of clay.  It doesn’t have to be beautiful or perfect.  Just be sure to include a head shape and shoulders and taper the lower body.

step 1 - Use your hands to form the foundation for the mummy with a clump of clay.  It doesn’t have to be beautiful or perfect.  Just be sure to include a head shape and shoulders and taper the lower body.

step 2 - Roll another piece of clay to drape across the front.  Press it to the sides to create elbows and folded arms.  Bend the mummy into a seated position.  Press it to the edge of a 90 degree angle to be sure it is balanced and will sit without falling over.

step 2 - Roll another piece of clay to drape across the front.  Press it to the sides to create elbows and folded arms.  Bend the mummy into a seated position.  Press it to the edge of a 90 degree angle to be sure it is balanced and will sit without falling over.

step 3 - Set the conditioning machine to 6 or 7 to roll out super thin clay to use as wrappings for the mummy.

step 3 - Set the conditioning machine to 6 or 7 to roll out super thin clay to use as wrappings for the mummy.

step 4 -With a slicer blade, cut thin strips from the thin clay.

step 4 -With a slicer blade, cut thin strips from the thin clay.

step 5 - Wrap strips around the mummy.  During handling be sure to maintain the seated position.

step 5 - Wrap strips around the mummy.  During handling be sure to maintain the seated position.

step 6 - To create the sunglasses, use a large Etch n’ Pearl tool to cut two circles from black clay.  Press on them to flatten slightly.  Slice off the upper third of the circles.

step 6 - To create the sunglasses, use a large Etch n’ Pearl tool to cut two circles from black clay.  Press on them to flatten slightly.  Slice off the upper third of the circles.

step 7 - Roll a thin strip of black clay in the palms of your hands. Set the circles onto the rolled strip and press to join them.

step 7 - Roll a thin strip of black clay in the palms of your hands. Set the circles onto the rolled strip and press to join them.

step 8 - Position the glasses on the mummy.  Place a toothpick against the corner of the glasses and wrap the arm back to the ear area.  Cut away excess black clay and press the arm to stick it to the head.

step 8 - Position the glasses on the mummy.  Place a toothpick against the corner of the glasses and wrap the arm back to the ear area.  Cut away excess black clay and press the arm to stick it to the head.

step 9 - Set the mummy on it’s back on a foil lined baking sheet.  Bake at 275 degrees for 30minutes.  Allow the clay to cool completely before handling. 

step 9 - Set the mummy on it’s back on a foil lined baking sheet.  Bake at 275 degrees for 30minutes.  Allow the clay to cool completely before handling. 

step 10 - Carefully remove the toothpicks.  With a small brush, paint glaze on the sunglasses.  Rinse the brush and apply medium brown paint to the edges of the wraps to give them dimension.  Wipe on paint and wipe it off immediately with a tissue to create a stained and worn appearance.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Clay - White 1 oz., Black scrap
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade
  • Sculpey Etch n’ Pearl tool
  • Diamond Glaze

Miscellaneous

  • aluminum foil
  • Wax paper
  • toothpicks
  • small brush
  • medium brown paint

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