Fancy Cat Clay Mask

Finished project measures 8" x 6"

Finished project measures 8" x 6"

 

Whether you’re dressing for a New Year Party, a February Mardi Gras, Carnival or a Halloween celebration, this project will allow you to create a custom mask for the event.  The template is included with the instructions.  Polymer clay is a great material for a mask because it’s somewhat flexible, comfortable and can be formed with items you might already have in your kitchen.  I used a wine cork to shape the nose area.  The mask pictured includes silver clay accents, rhinestones, fur, and whiskers.  If you’re more a plain Tabby type, make the basic mask without embellishments and just dress as a cool cat.

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 rotate the work when necessary.

step 1 - Download and print the mask and nose template on card stock.  Cut them out with scissors or a craft knife.

step 1 - Download and print the mask and nose template on card stock.  Cut them out with scissors or a craft knife.

step 2 - Roll out the black clay on the number 2 setting of the clay conditioning machine. You will need two pieces which you will join together to create the full mask. Roll out the silver clay on a number 5 setting.

step 2 - Roll out the black clay on the number 2 setting of the clay conditioning machine. You will need two pieces which you will join together to create the full mask. Roll out the silver clay on a number 5 setting.

step 3 - With a blade, cut the side to be joined on both pieces at an angle with a slicing blade.  Cut the top side of one and the under side of the other so the two won’t create excess bulk at the seam when joined. Blend together.

step 3 - With a blade, cut the side to be joined on both pieces at an angle with a slicing blade.  Cut the top side of one and the under side of the other so the two won’t create excess bulk at the seam when joined. Blend together.

step 4 - Place the mask template on the joined pieces.  Use a craft knife to cut out the mask shape.  Use the template’s ears to cut silver ear linings from the clay.  Remove a portion of the bottoms and place the linings on the mask.

step 4 - Place the mask template on the joined pieces.  Use a craft knife to cut out the mask shape.  Use the template’s ears to cut silver ear linings from the clay.  Remove a portion of the bottoms and place the linings on the mask.

step 5 - With a craft knife and the template, cut out the silver nose accent.  Place it on the clay.

step 5 - With a craft knife and the template, cut out the silver nose accent.  Place it on the clay.

step 6 - Following the markings on the template, use an Etch N Pearl tool to make holes in the sides of the mask.  Holes should be large enough to accommodate the cord you will be using for ties.

step 6 - Following the markings on the template, use an Etch N Pearl tool to make holes in the sides of the mask.  Holes should be large enough to accommodate the cord you will be using for ties.

step 7 - Place a shallow 9” soup bowl on the work surface.  Set a wine cork in the vertical center.

step 7 - Place a shallow 9” soup bowl on the work surface.  Set a wine cork in the vertical center.

step 8 - Cover the bowl and cork with heavy duty aluminum foil, tucking in the foil around the sides of the cork.

step 8 - Cover the bowl and cork with heavy duty aluminum foil, tucking in the foil around the sides of the cork.

step 9 - Drape the clay over the bowl with the cork in the center of the mask and the bottom end of the cork aligned with the bottom end of the mask.  Lightly press against the side of the clay nose with another cork to shape the nose.  Ball up some foil and place it under each ear to make them curve forward.

step 9 - Drape the clay over the bowl with the cork in the center of the mask and the bottom end of the cork aligned with the bottom end of the mask.  Lightly press against the side of the clay nose with another cork to shape the nose.  Ball up some foil and place it under each ear to make them curve forward.

step 10 - Place the project in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Don’t remove the ear support until the clay has cooled completely.

step 11 - Hot glue fur starting at the bottom curve of the mask, working upward.  Do not glue over the hole for the tie.  Attach the fur following along the perimeter of the mask crossing the base of the ears and down the other side.  Cut away excess.  Turn the mask over and apply fur behind the ears from the outside edge of one ear to the other.

step 11 - Hot glue fur starting at the bottom curve of the mask, working upward.  Do not glue over the hole for the tie.  Attach the fur following along the perimeter of the mask crossing the base of the ears and down the other side.  Cut away excess.  Turn the mask over and apply fur behind the ears from the outside edge of one ear to the other.

step 12 - Using a hot fix rhinestone applicator, apply the small rhinestones starting at the center point of the silver clay.  Add two below it, then keep adding rows following the design in the photo.  The last rhinestone should be about .50” up from the bottom of the mask.  Add rhinestones across the tops of the eyes.

step 12 - Using a hot fix rhinestone applicator, apply the small rhinestones starting at the center point of the silver clay.  Add two below it, then keep adding rows following the design in the photo.  The last rhinestone should be about .50” up from the bottom of the mask.  Add rhinestones across the tops of the eyes.

step 13 - Cut six, three-inch pieces of clear fishing line or beading thread.  Join three at one end with hot glue then hot glue the joined ends below the bottom rhinestone.  Repeat with the other three pieces.  Trim the whiskers to the desired length.  Hot glue the large rhinestone over the whiskers.

step 13 - Cut six, three-inch pieces of clear fishing line or beading thread.  Join three at one end with hot glue then hot glue the joined ends below the bottom rhinestone.  Repeat with the other three pieces.  Trim the whiskers to the desired length.  Hot glue the large rhinestone over the whiskers.

step 14 - Bring 13” cord pieces from the back of the mask to the front.  Tie a double knot in each and cut off the excess.  Pull the cord to the back to hide the knot in the fur. 

step 14 - Bring 13” cord pieces from the back of the mask to the front.  Tie a double knot in each and cut off the excess.  Pull the cord to the back to hide the knot in the fur. 

 

Supplies

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  • Sculpey Clay - Black 3 oz., Silver 1/2 oz.
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade
  • Sculpey Etch n’ Pearl tool
  • Glue gun
  • black Maribou fur
  • hot fix 4mm rhinestones - 44
  • hot fix rhinestone applicator
  •  8.5mm rhinestone - 1
  • Clear beading or fishing line

Miscellaneous

  • heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Wax paper
  • craft knife
  • card stock
  • 9” shallow soup bowl
  • wine cork
  • black cord - 26”

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