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Need to seperate the relatives to keep the family peace?  Look no further!  This instructable will show you how to make a sculpey (polymer clay) turkey place card holder that will not only be an adorable decoration but will keep your family from getting ruffled feathers.

Let's get started
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Step 1: Materials Needed

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Sculpey (or another Polymer Clay)
Tooth pick


Texturing tools
My instructable on fixing hard sculpey HERE
A sense of humor

Step 2: Mix and Match

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Mix some clay colors together to get your perfect shade of brown.  I used a dark brown, tossed in some yellow and red.

Once you are all mixed together, you need one large ball and four smaller balls of the same color. 

Step 3: Wing It!

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Take two of your smaller balls and squish them down.  Pinch the ends to create a wing shape.  Trim if you like to make them perfect, but I'm an odd duck...err turkey, so I didn't mind that one of mine was a little large than another.

Attach the wings to the side of the large ball. Press hard so they stick, you can also smooth one side on to the larger ball to ensure it stays put.

Step 4: Oh tail feathers!!

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Take another one of your smaller balls and flatten it out, spread it out like a fan, this will become your tail feathers. 

If you want color to your feathers create lines using a tooth pick.  Roll out small amounts of colors like yellow, orange and read and lay them in the lines.  You can then roll your tooth pick over those lines to flatten them together.

To get a more feathered look cut the tail feathers apart, then lay them back on top of each other with a slight curve.  To cut you can use your handy dandy tooth pick, a knife, scissors or the power of the force.  If you can cut clay with the power of the force, please comment and attach a video, this I have to see!

Once your tail is tail-tastic, attach it to the body in the same manner as your wings.
poofrabbit (author)  Kitana Kellaway2 years ago
Thanks, let's hope it helps keep the family peace. :)
Haha yeah i just got a new meber of mine!
poofrabbit (author)  Kitana Kellaway2 years ago
Ah see place holders might be your answer!
Lol maybe she's literally just been born so i think it's just cuddeling time right now
poofrabbit (author)  Kitana Kellaway2 years ago
LOL OOPS!!! Congrats!
Thanks but she's not mine..im 14 =/ it's my mum and dad's.
her name is Sylvia like Sunshiine =) cowincidence right?
poofrabbit (author)  Kitana Kellaway2 years ago
Still always exciting to have new little people around :)
TCGames2 years ago
That looks great!
jawasan2 years ago
Creative idea!
poofrabbit (author)  jawasan2 years ago
Many thanks!
mygibzone2 years ago
That is really cute! I love it!
poofrabbit (author)  mygibzone2 years ago
Why thank you!
depotdevoid2 years ago
When you say to use a brush and baby oil to get rid of lines and finger prints, is that before or after you cook the clay? I've never liked the finger prints in my polymer clay stuff, but didn't know how to get rid of them.

Also, when you bake the clay for an hour, is it more brittle (crumbly)? I've forgotten to set a timer before and ended up with crumbly clay, but that was at regular temperatures.

Cool turkey, by the way!
poofrabbit (author)  depotdevoid2 years ago
Great questions! Use the brush and the baby oil before you bake. As for the time, it won't get more crumbly, but make sure it's 10 degrees cooler than the temp says on the box. Another way to get a really hard bake is to use the directions on the box but do not remove the clay until the oven is back down to room temp.

I recently over cooked clay, boy oh boy is that a mess! I tend to use a little toaster oven vs a full oven, which is fine but when you goof up the temps things go very bad. LOL I am working on an instructable on how to fix that issue. :)

Hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions.