Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130°C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Create a Light Gold color by mixing Pearl and Gold. The project uses a 5:1 ratio of Pearl to Gold. Save some of the Gold unmixed.
Using the Flower and Leaf Mold create 16 small poinsettia petals in the Light Gold color. Use cornstarch or a spritz of water as a release. Create 3 large poinsettia leaves in Gold. To see a instructions on how to easily use a mold go to: http://www.sculpey.com/products/tools/sculpey-flexible-push-molds
Create a sheet of Gold using the Clay Conditioning Machine, #4 or 1/16” with an Acrylic Roller. Cut out two 1” circles and one ¾” circle of Gold. Set aside. Put one of the 1” circles on your work surface. Add a ribbon of Bake N Bond around the edge and place the Gold petals evenly on the circle.
Place the other 1” circle on top of the circle with the Gold petals on it.
Add a ribbon of Bake N Bond around the edge of the top circle and evenly place 8 of the Light Gold leaves around the edge.
Add the next 8 petals on top of the first row of light Gold petals. Add a little curve to the petals before pressing them in place.
Place the ¾” Gold circle on the top of the leaves and press down.
Press the crystal in the center of the pin. If desired add some texture around the crystal, a toothpick works great for this. Add some Gold metallic powder. Bake as directed above.
Allow pin to cool. Using clear, fast drying glue to add a pin back. You might have to glue the crystal in with glue if it is loose.