Make this “Far-Out” pen and pen holder set.
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.
Step 1 Pen holder
Shape 1oz. each of the 4 colors into long rods. Layer them with two on the bottom and two on top.
Step 2 Pen Holder
Roll the colors to bind them together. Once the seams between the colors are smooth, gently twist the rope to make stripes. This is most easily done by putting one hand on each end of the rope and pulling one hand toward you and pushing the other hand away from you.
Step 3 Pen Holder
Roll the rope until it's twice as long. Fold the rope in half to double the stripes and then gently pinch it together.
Step 4 Pen Holder
Then fold in half again to quadruple the stripes. Roll and twist the striped rod until its smooth and about 16" in length.
Step 5 Pen Holder
Roll the length of the striped clay to flatten it. Keep rolling it out flat until it's about 2-1/4" wide.
Step 6 Pen Holder
Measure your can. Cut the striped clay into a section that will cover your can. You should have a section about 5" left over to cover an ink pen. Press the section “tie dye clay” around the can.
Step 7 Pen Holder
Gently roll the can on the work surface until the gap is closed. Rub your finger along the seam to smooth it and make sure it is sealed. Trim any excess from the top and bottom edges of the can.
Step 8 Pen Holder
Bake the can at 275 °F for 20 minutes. Do not handle until the can is completely cool.
Step 1 Pen
Carefully remove the ink cartridge from the BIC pen by pulling on the area around the ink tip. Lay your BIC pen on the striped sheet of clay. Trim the front edge and the ends if necessary.
Step 2 Pen
Roll the pen up in the clay. Trim the clay so that when the pen is rolled up, the seam has a little gap in it. Don't allow the seam to overlap.
Step 3 Pen
Gently roll the pen to smooth the seam. Trim the ends again if necessary. Press the clay over the closed end of the pen and make sure the open end will accommodate the ink cartridge after baking.
Step 4 Pen
Bake the pen at 250 °F for 15 minutes. Sculpey III is normally cured at 275 °F but the pen needs to be cured at a lower temperature to keep it from distorting. When the pen is completely cool, replace the ink cartridge.