Counting Sheep Mobile

top measures 4" across

top measures 4" across

Silhouette Functions Used

Cutting
Embossing
Sketch Pen

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.

Directions

step 1 - CK - Download and print the template onto card stock. SC - Download the dedicated Silhouette pdf for the cut files. You will need three of each of the following for this project:  sheep body from textured clay, large medium and small clouds, moon, star, smooth head cover, face, and pairs of legs. 

step 1 - CK - Download and print the template onto card stock. SC - Download the dedicated Silhouette pdf for the cut files.

You will need three of each of the following for this project:  sheep body from textured clay, large medium and small clouds, moon, star, smooth head cover, face, and pairs of legs. 

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 4 - SC – Place freezer paper shiny side up on the embossing mat matching the left upper corner of the paper with the arrows on the mat. Add white clay measuring approximately 8” x 6". On the computer screen, create three of the sheep’s body artwork.

step 4 - SC – Place freezer paper shiny side up on the embossing mat matching the left upper corner of the paper with the arrows on the mat. Add white clay measuring approximately 8” x 6". On the computer screen, create three of the sheep’s body artwork.

step 5 - SC - The red lines will create texture for the body. The blue line will cut the shape. The red lines are deliberately larger than the shape to allow the texture to bleed off the shape. Apply the texture first. In the cut window choose the red tool.  In settings choose the Fine Tip embossing tool, two platforms, Speed 5, Thickness 20, Double Cut. Send to Curio to texture the clay.

step 5 - SC - The red lines will create texture for the body. The blue line will cut the shape. The red lines are deliberately larger than the shape to allow the texture to bleed off the shape. Apply the texture first. In the cut window choose the red tool.  In settings choose the Fine Tip embossing tool, two platforms, Speed 5, Thickness 20, Double Cut. Send to Curio to texture the clay.

step 6 - SC - Cut the textured shapes by removing the freezer paper with clay attached, and pressing it to the cutting mat. Align the paper to the top and left edge of the mat and add three platforms for a total of four. In the cut window choose the blue tool. Change settings to four platforms, Deep Cut Blade (cap removed), speed 3, thickness 20. Cut the clay.

step 6 - SC - Cut the textured shapes by removing the freezer paper with clay attached, and pressing it to the cutting mat. Align the paper to the top and left edge of the mat and add three platforms for a total of four. In the cut window choose the blue tool. Change settings to four platforms, Deep Cut Blade (cap removed), speed 3, thickness 20. Cut the clay.

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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.

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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).

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step 11 - Wrap parchment paper around a 4” clean mailing tube – no sticky labels attached. Tuck the paper into the bottom of the tube to hold the parchment in place.

step 11 - Wrap parchment paper around a 4” clean mailing tube – no sticky labels attached. Tuck the paper into the bottom of the tube to hold the parchment in place.

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. 

 
step 12 - Cover the three large clouds with deli film for ease of handling. This will also help protect the sketch pen ink, which will smear if handled before baking. Wrap the clouds around the mailing tube, overlapping the ends. Remove the film and bake the clouds in a 275-degree oven for 30 minutes. Stand the tube upright in the oven. When cool, slip off the parchment paper and release it from the inside of the clay circle.

step 12 - Cover the three large clouds with deli film for ease of handling. This will also help protect the sketch pen ink, which will smear if handled before baking. Wrap the clouds around the mailing tube, overlapping the ends. Remove the film and bake the clouds in a 275-degree oven for 30 minutes. Stand the tube upright in the oven. When cool, slip off the parchment paper and release it from the inside of the clay circle.

step 13 - Cut varying lengths of ribbon, which should measure twice the length needed for each. Attach sheep, moons, stars and clouds by threading ribbon into the holes of the clay pieces. Tie a knot to keep the clay sheep from shifting on the ribbon. Add more elements onto the ribbon as desired. Bring the two raw ends up into the large cloud circle and hot glue them on the inside.

step 13 - Cut varying lengths of ribbon, which should measure twice the length needed for each. Attach sheep, moons, stars and clouds by threading ribbon into the holes of the clay pieces. Tie a knot to keep the clay sheep from shifting on the ribbon. Add more elements onto the ribbon as desired. Bring the two raw ends up into the large cloud circle and hot glue them on the inside.

step 14 - Add decorative stick-on pearls to the bottom sides of the clouds. Thread ribbon through the three top holes in the clouds to create the hanger length you need. Use double lengths.

step 14 - Add decorative stick-on pearls to the bottom sides of the clouds. Thread ribbon through the three top holes in the clouds to create the hanger length you need. Use double lengths.

step 15 - Bring all six raw ends together. Glue the layers with E6000.

step 15 - Bring all six raw ends together. Glue the layers with E6000.

step 16 - When the glue is set, trim the ribbon edges and glue them into a large bead cap. Attach a swivel lobster clasp.

step 16 - When the glue is set, trim the ribbon edges and glue them into a large bead cap. Attach a swivel lobster clasp.

step 17 - Press the mailing tube cover into the clouds to hide the glued ribbons and maintain the round shape of the clay. Hot glue in place if necessary.

step 17 - Press the mailing tube cover into the clouds to hide the glued ribbons and maintain the round shape of the clay. Hot glue in place if necessary.

TIP To insure the sheep hang straight, apply a dab of hot glue on the back side between the legs and press the ribbon to the glue.

TIP

To insure the sheep hang straight, apply a dab of hot glue on the back side between the legs and press the ribbon to the glue.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey clay conditioning machine
  • SC - Silhouette Curio Machine with Deep-Cut Blade, Silhouette Blue Sketch Pen, Freezer paper 

Michaels

  • Premo Clay - Cadmium Yellow, Utlramarine Blue, Pearl, White, Raw Sienna
  • tissue blades
  • 5/8" sheer white ribbon
  • acrylic roller
  • E6000
  • 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

Miscellaneous

  • Dixie deli film
  • parchment paper
  • 4" mailing tube

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