Counting Sheep Mobile
Silhouette Functions Used
Lull that little one off to sleep by counting sheep... and stars and moons and clouds. This clay project is textured, cut and printed with text in no time using the incredible Curio. If you are not a Curio owner, there's no need to feel left out. With additional time, you really can create this charming mobile using a craft knife, an embossing tool and gel pens. I've included instructions for both Curio (SC) and craft knife (CK) users. There are so many special elements in this project like the cute, curved sheep texture which features a scribbling design to simulate wooly fur. Pearl clay mixed with other colors produce shimmering clouds, moons and stars. Dangling ribbons connect all the parts and add a soft, sheer element that accents the project in the absolute sweetest way! This would make a great gift for a baby shower or for the room of your own precious darling.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.
Allow clay to cool completely after baking.
step 2 - Condition and roll out clay for the three large clouds on #3 of the conditioning machine. All other clay can be rolled on #2. Mix a bit of Ultramarine Blue with Pearl for the clouds and mix a bit of Cadmium Yellow with Pearl for the moon and stars. There is no specific recipe. Mix the colors until you reach the shade that appeals to you. The sheep is white and the sheep’s face and feet are a mix of White and Raw Sienna clay.
step 3 - CK – Cut the gray shapes from the card stock to create a stencil. Add texture in the white clay using a small embossing or stylus tool and a scribbling/loop motion. Cut all the clay pieces necessary for the project.
step 7 - SC – Cut all the remaining pieces saving the three large clouds for last. After the three are cut, switch to two platforms. Select the “counting sheep” type (7A) and click on the blue tool in the cut window. Place a blue Silhouette Sketch pen in the blue blade holder (7B). Choose Silhouette Sketch Pen in the Material settings followed by 2 platforms, thickness 1, speed 10 and double cut. Print the words onto the clay (7C).
step 8 - CK – Write the words “counting sheep” across each large cloud using a Blue Gel Pen.
step 9 - Use a small cutter or coffee straw to create holes where indicated on the large cloud template. Also cut holes in the top center of all the clay elements including the sheep’s body (9A). To form the complete sheep, place the body on the legs. Center the face under the hole, add the head cover and press lightly together (9B).
step 10 - Rest a glass ornament or used light bulb on top of a large round cookie cutter to keep it stable and balanced (10A). Press the sheep onto the glass so it conforms to the rounded shape (10B). Place all pieces except the three large clouds on parchment paper and bake flat in a 275-degree oven for 30minutes. Bake the sheep at the same time. Use a gel pen to mark eyes on the moons and faces on the sheep before baking.
- Sculpey clay conditioning machine
- SC - Silhouette Curio Machine with Deep-Cut Blade, Silhouette Blue Sketch Pen, Freezer paper
- Premo Clay - Cadmium Yellow, Utlramarine Blue, Pearl, White, Raw Sienna
- tissue blades
- 5/8" sheer white ribbon
- acrylic roller
- CK - craft knife, card stock, blue gel pen, small embossing tool
- hot glue gun
- pearl stick-ons
- large bead cap
- swivel lobster clasp
- glass ornament or light bulb
- cookie cutter
- Dixie deli film
- parchment paper
- 4" mailing tube