Sculpey III Model Airplane

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by Amy Koranek, Sculpey

Sculpey III Model Airplane

This super cool plane will be a hit with the kids!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include neither the drying time for the glue nor the the time it will take for clay to bake or cool.
  • 2
    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry well. Using wax paper, metal baking sheet or aluminum foil, knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between each of the colors of this project.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.
  • 4
    Download and print the project template, using scissors cut out the pieces. (Tip: since the finished project is rather large, you may find it easier to cover the baking sheet with foil and make that your work surface.)
  • 5
    Cut the empty cardboard tube down to 5-1/2 inch in length. Use the small sponge brush to cover the entire outside of the tube with a thin coating of the White craft glue. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
  • 6
    Roll out a sheet of Red clay through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #1 setting. Wrap the cardboard tube in the sheet of clay. Use the craft knife to trim away excess. Smooth the seam with your finger.
  • 7
    Use Elephant Gray to make a dome that is about 1/2 inch thick and as big around as the end of the tube. Use Red to make a cone that is about 2 inch long and as big around as the end of the tube.
  • 8
    Press the Elephant Gray nose piece onto the end of the tube and make sure it is well connected to the body. Press the tail piece onto the other end of the tube and make sure it is well connected to the body. On the tail end use your finger to smooth the seams where the body and the cone come together. Gently roll the entire piece to smooth the seams.
  • 9
    Roll out another sheet of Red through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #1 setting. Place the wing template on the clay and cut it out using the craft knife. Remove the template from the clay and use scissors to cut out the middle section on the wing template. Replace the separated wing templates back onto the Red clay and cut the shapes out again.
  • 10
    Layer the individual wing pieces on top of the larger wing piece. Make sure there are no air bubbles between the layers. Smooth all the edges with your fingers.
  • 11
    Place the body of the plane on top of the wings so that the body rests in the section of the wings that is shallower. Position the wings just under the nose piece. Make sure the body and the wings are well connected.
  • 12
    Roll out another sheet of Red through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #1 setting again. Fold the sheet in half and roll over it with the rolling pin to smooth. Cut out two Red horizontal stabilizers from the clay. Position these opposite each other at the tip of the tail end. (Tip: use some rectangular scraps of clay to prop the tail pieces up so they would be in the middle of the tail section. You could also use empty match boxes or the lid from a small empty cardboard jewelry box.)
  • 13
    Make a triangular piece from Elephant Gray for the cockpit area. Press it into place so that it rests half way over the wings.
  • 14
    Cut out the piece from the template that is the vertical stabilizer. Roll out a sheet of Elephant Gray through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Fold the sheet in half and roll over it with the rolling pin. Cut out one vertical stabilizer.
  • 15
    Position the vertical stabilizer between the two horizontal stabilizers on top of the tail piece.
  • 16
    Roll out a sheet of White through the clay conditioning machine on the #3 setting. Cut out long thin strips of White and press them onto the sides of the plane from the nose piece to the tip of the tail. Cut out thin triangular pieces to decorate the wings. Trim all decorations to fit the plane body.
  • 17
    Press a small Black circle onto the end of each wing. Press a smaller White circle into the center of the Black one. Press a smaller Red circle into the center of the White one. Roll out a sheet of Red through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the 3rd thickest setting. Using the Vertical stabilizer template piece as a guide, cut out two pieces from the Red. Cut each piece in half using only the front half of each piece. Position these on either side of the Vertical stabilizer. Place a little stripe of White along the edge of the Red.
  • 18
    Poke a hole in the nose piece that goes all the way into the body cavity. This will allow air to escape the body cavity during baking.
  • 19
    Bake at 275 F for 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before handling.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Sculpey III Oven-Bake Clay 2 oz. Red 104129989 (3)
  • Sculpey III Oven-Bake Clay 2 oz. Elephant Gray 104129955
  • Sculpey III Oven-Bake Clay 2 oz. White 104129997
  • Sculpey III Oven-Bake Clay 2 oz. Black 104129972
  • Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Nicole™ Crafts Clay Needle Tool 104136515
  • Rolling Pin Used Exclusively for Clay Projects
  • Baking Sheet Used Exclusively for Clay Projects)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Aleene's 4 oz. Original Tacky Glue 104148018
  • Loew-Cornell Sponge Brush 1 inch 104114635
  • X-ACTO Precision Instruments No. 1 Knife 104135101
  • Ruler
Download Project Template