Self-Portrait Mom's Gift Box

By  Syndee Holt  for  Polyform Products

size: 5"

  • Self-Portrait Mom's Gift Box
  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Step 4
  • Step 5
  • Step 6
  • Step 7


  • Polyform Sculpey: III clay: one 2 oz. block White, small amount Black
  • Round or square chipboard box
  • Laser-printed line drawing


  • Polyform Sculpey: Clay Conditioning Machine, Extruder, Super Slicer
  • Colored pencils
  • Acrylic paints
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven
  • Computer and laser printer

Basic Supplies

  • rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, white copy paper, craft knife, foam brush or sponge scrap
  • 1. Scan artwork into computer. Print artwork using laser printer. (Note: Inkjet printers will not work with transfer.) Using photo editing program, flip image horizontally for reverse image to transfer. Cut out transfer. See Step 1.

    Step 1
  • 2. Condition White clay into thin flat sheet. Use conditioning machine to roll clay on #1 setting or 3/8" thick. Position transfer right side down on clay sheet. Soak cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and wipe entire surface of transfer. Let dry; wipe entire surface again. Repeat for third time. Carefully peel corner on transfer; black line on drawing should have transferred on clay. Cut around transfer. See Steps 2-4.

    Step 2

    Step 3

    Step 4
  • 3. On covered work surface, use sponge scrap to paint box in colors of choice. See Step 5. Let dry.

    Step 5
  • 4. Position clay transfer on box top. Roll Black clay into thin log (or use clay extruder) and press around image, creating frame. See Step 6. (Note: No glue is needed to adhere clay to box as paint acts as glue.)

    Step 6
  • 5. Bake lid in oven following manufacturer's instructions. Let cool.
  • 6. Use colored pencils to color in drawing. See Step 7.

    Step 7