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Sculpey III® Butterfly Mobile

Sculpey III® Butterfly Mobile

Designed by Amy Koranek
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In this tutorial I will describe how to make a hanging ring from Sculpey Premo™ Gold and Sculpey® Ultralight. If you have a metal ring between 4”-5” in diameter, you may use that instead. COMPLETION TIME: 2 Hours to make, bake and assemble
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  • 4.25” Circle cookie cutter
  • 5.25” Circle cookie cutter
  • Butterfly shaped cutters
  • 3” x 5” index cards (4)
  • Clear nylon filament like fishing line
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
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Project Instructions
    Getting Started:
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.

Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.

    Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking/curing; however please note that the baking/curing times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.
Here are the instructions if you want to create your own hanging ring for the mobile.

Make a one-ounce ball of Sculpey® Ultralight (UL).

Otherwise, you can use a large metal or wooden ring and skip to Step 14.
photo shows ball of Ultralight
Use the Acrylic Clay Roller to make a thin sheet of Premo™ Gold large enough to cover the UL ball.
photo shows Gold wrapping up the UL ball
Make sure the ball is completely covered and roll it in your palms to smooth it.
photo shows covered ball
We are going to make the ring from this ball instead of a rope because the ring will be stronger if it does not have a seam.
Use the 12 mm Ball Tool to push a hole into the center of the ball.
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Flip the ball over and push the 12 mm Ball Tool forcing the hole all the way through like a donut. The excess Gold clay should go into the center covering up the White clay inside.
photo shows hole pushed through the ball of clay
Gently begin stretching the center hole.
photo shows starting to stretch the center hole
Keep stretching the center hole.
photo shows hole getting larger
When you can place a 4.25” circle cutter into the center, you have stretched enough.
photo shows round cutter in center hole
Surround the Gold circle with the 5.25” circle cutter.
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Place your hand on top of the smaller circle cutter, and carefully circulate the smaller cutter, pushing the clay ring up to the inner edge of the larger ring stretching the clay ring from the size of the smaller cutter to the size of the larger cutter.
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Keep circulating the inner cutter until the Gold ring is the size of the outer cutter. Some of the White clay is coming through because the Gold clay is so thin. However, the White is only showing on this top side and not on the bottom- when I construct the mobile, I will make sure the solid Gold side is downward.
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Use the sides of the smaller cutter to push the inner ring of the clay to flatten it. Bake the clay ring following the baking instructions for Sculpey Premo™. Allow to cool completely before handling.
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While the Gold ring bakes, you can work on the butterflies.
Sheet 1/2 bar Berry Sculpey III® to a 1/8” sheet using the Acrylic Clay Roller.
Cut out as many butterfly shapes as possible.
Poke a small hole in each one using the Needle Tool. This hole only needs to be large enough to accommodate the fishing line.
Remove the scrap clay from the butterflies, sheet it again, and cut more butterflies from the scraps.
Repeat this process with 1/4 bar each of White, Ballerina, Princess Pearl, and Candy Pink.
photo shows butterflies being cut out of sheet of clay
Accordion fold index cards as shown. These will be used to support the butterflies during curing.
photo shows folded index cards
Lay the butterflies on the index card baking tray so that the wings are supported as shown.
photo shows laying butterflies so that the belly is in the bottom of the fold and the wings come up the sides of the fold
Combine all the scraps of clay together remaining from Step 14.
photo shows small balls of recommended colors left from previous steps
Marble the colors randomly.
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Sheet the marbled clay. Cut out as many butterflies as possible from the marbled clays too.
Poke a hole in each butterfly for stringing.
Arrange all the butterflies on index cards. I made 43 butterflies as shown.
photo shows butterflies on index cards
Bake the butterflies as directed in step 1 above. Allow the butterflies to cool before handling.
photo shows pile of baked butterflies
String series of butterflies onto fishing line.
photo shows as described
Tie knots under each butterfly to keep space between them.
Keep making strands of butterflies to hang from the ring.
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Take four 12” strands of ribbon and tie one end equal distantly around the ring.
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Tie a knot in all four strands above the ring.
photo shows tying strings together at top for hanging
Tie the filaments with the butterflies to the ring as well. Hang and enjoy!
photo shows fully assembled