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Sculpey Soufflé ™ and Premo™ Sunflower Garden Earrings

Sculpey Soufflé ™ and Premo™ Sunflower Garden Earrings

Designed by Lauren Medina
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Sculpey Premo™ and Soufflé™ team up again to create these colorful garden earrings featuring a multitude of floral shapes and colors. TIME TO COMPLETION: 158 mins to create
45 mins to bake
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  • Clay cutter about 2 inches
  • Needle tool
  • Hand drill, 1/16 inch drill bit
  • 600 grit micro-finishing sandpaper
  • 1200 grit micro-finishing sandpaper
  • Antique copper ear wires
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Project Instructions

Step 1

    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.

Step 2

Roll out 1/4 block of Soufflé Turnip on setting 5 on a pasta machine. Cut out a pair of earrings with a clay cutter. This will be your base. Press your cutter firmly into the clay. You want to cut all the way through. If you don’t have clay cutters, you can freehand a shape of your own.
photo shows cutter on sheet of clay

Step 3

Mix together 50% Soufflé Koi and 50% Soufflé Yellow Ochre. You should have approximately a grape-sized amount of the yellow/orange mixture and Premo Spanish Olive.
photo shows as described

Step 4

Use Spanish olive to create tiny foliage details. Create a mixture of large leaves, small leaves, and some stems. Arrange these details however you like.
photo shows leaves

Step 5

Add details like veins on the leaves using a needle tool.
Roll out tiny balls of your yellow/orange mixture to create sunflowers.
My sunflower has two levels, 8 petals per level - I placed the second level of petals between the first level.
To create a petal convert the tiny balls of clay into a shape that resembles a grain of rice. Place the petal where you want, then press the center with a needle tool.
photo shows creating sunflower

Step 6

Add a ball of Premo Burnt Umber to the centers of your sunflowers. Use a needle tool to create the iconic, textured center.
Create small flowers using Soufflé Ivory for the petals and Soufflé Koi for the center:
Roll a tiny ball of ivory clay and press from the center outwards to form a petal.
Repeat this four more times, then place a small ball of Soufflé Koi in the center, pressing it down with a dotting tool.
Mirror your design on the other earring as you go.
photo shows as described

Step 7

Make a tiny snake using Premo Pale Blue. Make even tinier balls of blue and press them onto the taller stems with a dotting tool.
photo shows as described

Step 8

Create small rosettes using Soufflé Koi:
Flatten a small, short snake with your finger.
Join the end to form a circle - or something that resembles a cinnamon roll center. Repeat the first step to create more petals.
Place them around the center you created.
Use a needle tool to separate the petals if they get misshapen.
photo shows as described

Step 9

Add as many small flowers and rosettes as you want. I also added a small vine detail.
Once you’re happy with your design, bake at 275 °F for 45 mins on a ceramic tile lined with copy paper (30 mins if baking on an index card or baking mat).
photo shows ready to bake

Step 10

After baking, clean up your edges, if needed, with some micro-finishing sandpaper sheets. Use a 600 grit first and follow up with a 1200 grit.
photo shows finishing edges

Step 11

You’ll need two antique copper ear wires and two 1/4 inch antique copper jump rings to assemble. The hooks and loops on the ear wire should face the same direction. If they don't align, you can carefully adjust them to the correct orientation using pliers.
photo shows earring layout with findings

Step 12

Create small holes at the top of your earrings using a hand drill. Loop the jump rings through the ear wires and your final pieces. Enjoy your new earrings!
photo shows completed earrings