Lynn B. Krucke
Create one of a kind seashell design coasters for your home.
Preheat oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Condition all clay by kneading until it’s soft and smooth or running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
To create the shell molds: Form pieces of Mold Maker clay into rectangles slightly larger than each shell to be molded. Dust the surface of the clay with corn starch. Press a shell into each rectangle, and then carefully remove it. Bake clay according to package directions and allow molds to cool.
Molding shells: Use small pieces of conditioned Pearl clay. Spritz the mold to be used lightly with water, then press the clay into the mold. Use the Super Slicer to slice away excess clay, leaving the clay flush with the top of the mold. Flex the mold and remove the "shell". Create several different shell shapes for each coaster you are making.
Condition the Pearl clay and roll out a sheet on the widest setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine (slightly less than 1/8 inch thick). Spritz the texture sheet lightly with water and place it face down on the clay. Run the clay and texture sheet through the Clay Conditioning Machine again (at the same setting). Lift the texture sheet off the clay.
Move the textured clay to a ceramic tile. Trim each coaster top to 3.5 inches square and remove excess clay.
Use the cookie/biscuit cutter to cut a circle from the center of these clay squares.
The edges of the squares will be thin and it would be difficult to move them now without distorting the shape but they can be baked right on the tiles. If you are not using tiles, move the coaster tops carefully to your baking tray.
Use your finger to put a small amount of Translucent Liquid Sculpey on one corner of the coaster top for "glue". Arrange several shells in a cluster on this corner. Press them gently together and onto the base. Add small balls or snakes of clay for additional embellishment if desired.
Bake at 275 °F for 30 minutes.
Prepare the glazes: Squeeze a small amount of Translucent Liquid Sculpey into a well on the palette. Add a tiny amount of the desired color of alcohol ink. Mix with toothpick. Keep in mind that these colors become brighter and more intense when baked. Look at the package labels for each color to get an idea of how it will look when heated.
Use your finger or the paintbrush to apply a small amount of untinted Translucent Liquid Sculpey over the entire surface of the coaster top. This allows the tinted Translucent Liquid Sculpey to "float" easily over the surface.
Add tinted Translucent Liquid Sculpey to cover the coaster top. Allow the colors to blend with one another in places, creating new colors. The final layer of Translucent Liquid Sculpey should be fairly even with the raised parts of the textured clay. Remember to cover the shells too. There's no need to clean the brush between colors- just wipe excess Translucent Liquid Sculpey off on the paper towel before changing colors.
Prepare bases for the coaster tops by rolling out sheets of Pearl clay at the thickest setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine.
Carefully lift each baked "top" using the Studio by Sculpey Lift ‘n Scrape tool. Wipe excess Translucent Liquid Sculpey glazes from the edges of the piece, and then smear a little Translucent Liquid Sculpey onto the back for "glue".
Press the glazed "top" onto the unbaked clay. Trim the unbaked clay so that the edges match.
Bake at 275 °F for 30 minutes.
Glaze coasters Studio by Sculpey Glossy or Satin Glaze. While this dries, cut the cork sheets into circles slightly smaller than 3 inches across. Hint: You can create a paper template to trace around but if you have a circle cutter (like papercrafters use) it will work beautifully!
Glue the cork circles into place to complete the coasters.
Weight the cork while it dries under a full soda can.
Alcohol Inks in Ocean Theme Colors
Corn Starch or Baby Powder
Texture Sheet wave or ripple pattern
Large Circle Cutter
Spray bottle with water
Sheet of Thin Cork
Glue (a strong one)