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Create this fabulous sparkling Sugar Skull to add to your purse or backpack in just about an hour!


60 Minutes to make and bake


Polymer Clay

Clay Blades

Modeling Tools

8mm Gold tone jump rings (4)

Gold tone key chain

Blue tassel

Flat nose pliers


Getting Started:

Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.

Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.


Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking; however please note that the baking times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.


Break off 1/4 bar of the White Glitter. Make a large oval from 5/6 of the piece of clay and a chin from 1/6.


Push the chin piece onto the bottom of the oval. Press the skull shaped piece down to the work surface to make it flat on the back and domed on top. Smooth the seam between the chin and the head with your fingertips.


Use the ball end tool to make large oval shaped eye sockets. Use the point end tool to make nostrils and a toothy grin.


Flatten ovals of Black Glitter and press them into the eye sockets. Flatten the Black Glitter into the eye sockets with the ball end tool.


Push the jump rings halfway into the top of the head and into the bottom of the chin. You can see here that I added White Glitter highlights. But look at my final photos.... those White Glitter highlights in the eyes are gone! I did not like them after all and I added flowers into the eyes instead.


Add a series of tiny Turquoise Glitter dots along the top of each eye. I mixed equal amounts of Yellow and Turquoise Glitter together to make Green Glitter. Add little teardrop shaped leaves to the top of the head.


Add little dots of Violet Glitter dots in between the leaves. Add details with the blunt ended tool.


Add teardrops and swirls of Blue Glitter details. Add some Violet Glitter squiggles to the chin.


Add Pink Glitter flowers to the top of the head.


After I scraped the White Glitter highlights out of the eye sockets, I added Yellow Glitter centers with Violet Glitter petals.


Next, add lots of little doodle details with the tools. Poke holes in the dots and score lines in the teardrop shapes to add lots of interest.


I also added tiny bits of Black Glitter clay to the nostrils.

Bake the Glitter Skull following the baking instructions for Sculpey III®. Allow to cool completely before handling.


Add the key chain and the tassel with the extra jump rings and using the flat nose pliers.