How to Make a Baby Hand Print With Sculpey Clay

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How to Make a Baby Hand Print With Sculpey Clay
Document the growth of your children by making a collage of handprints every year. (handprints image by Tammy Mobley from

Babies grow up quickly, but you can cherish the imprint of their tiny hands forever with a baby hand print impressed into sculpey clay. Sculpey cures in the oven to create a sturdy keepsake that will last for many years. This project makes a great gift for grandparents and aunts and uncles, and is a wonderful way to document family history for parents, when the framed hand print is hung with baby pictures on a gallery wall of family pictures.

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Things you need

  • Oven
  • 0.68 Kilogram sculpey clay
  • Aluminium foil
  • Rolling pin
  • Ruler
  • Knife
  • Baking tray
  • Water-based acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • Paper towels
  • Low-temperature hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks for glue gun
  • Frame with a 5-inch by 7-inch opening, glass removed

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  1. 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 135 degrees C.

  2. 2

    Condition the clay by kneading it for at least five minutes. This warms it and makes it malleable, so that the hand print will impress properly.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of aluminium foil to a size that will fit your baking tray. Flatten the clay and place it on the foil. Roll the clay out to a 1/2-inch thickness with a rolling pin.

  4. 4

    Press your baby's clean, dry hand into the clay. You will need to use the weight of your hand on the baby's to achieve a clean print. If the print does not turn out as desired, flip over the clay and try again. If you still are not satisfied, re-knead the clay before rerolling it.

  5. 5

    Cut the clay into a 5 1/2-inch by 7 1/2-inch slab, with the handprint centred. Remove any excess clay.

  6. 6

    Transfer the foil to the baking tray, and bake for 20 minutes. Monitor the clay closely; if it begins to brown at the edges, remove it immediately. Cool completely.

  7. 7

    Brush the slab with acrylic paint. Use a wet paper towel to remove some of the paint while still wet, in order to highlight the patterns within the handprint. Let dry completely.

  8. 8

    Run a line of hot glue along the inside edge of a standard 5-by-7-inch frame. Place your sculpey slab into the frame, so that the handprint shows through the front opening. Allow glue to harden completely.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean your hands, your baby's hands and any tools with baby wipes, and follow up with soap and water.
  • Do not allow the clay to cool after conditioning it by kneading. If the clay cools, you will not have a clear impression of the hand print, and it may crack.

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