Sculpey® III Swirling Galaxy Coaster

Sculpey® III Swirling Galaxy Coaster

Designed by Amy Koranek
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This technique is so simple and beautifully conveys an ethereal feeling. Each one will come out slightly different giving you a lovely celestial collection.

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  • 4” circle template or 4” diameter cutter
  • 4” cork circle (1 per coaster)
  • Bright gold acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Silicone glue
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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.

Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking; however please note that the baking 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.
The amount of clay you will need for each coaster is as follows: 1 ounce or 1/2 block of Black, 1/2 ounce or 1/4 block of each White, Teal Pearl and Purple, 1/16 block of Princess Pearl.
Condition each color separately and then roll each one into a log about 3” long.
Bundle the colors together as shown.
Roll the bundle of colors together as a log and twist to make stripes.
Roll the log up into a snail shape.
Knead the colors together with your fingertips to partially blend them. Finish up by rolling a smooth ball.
Flatten the ball into a thick pancake with your hands.
Roll over the pancake with the Acrylic Clay Roller to smooth it and flatten it more. Make sure it is at least 4” in diameter. Use your fingertip to drag one color into another in a swirling motion.
When you are happy with the colors as they are swirled together, roll over the circle one more time with the Acrylic Clay Roll to make sure it is really smooth on top. Place the circle template on top and cut around it with the 5-in-1 Knife Tool. Smooth the cut edges with your fingertips

If you want to make more than one coaster, follow these instructions to make more. Each one will turn out slightly different but beautifully similar..
Bake the coaster(s) following the baking instructions for Sculpey®III. When they are completely cool, glue the cork pieces to the back with silicone glue. Stipple the tops with gold acrylic paint in a swirling pattern using the blunt end of a paintbrush. Allow the glue and the paint to dry completely.