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Original Sculpey® Splatter Dish

Original Sculpey® Splatter Dish

Designed by Amy Koranek
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This super fun dish will be great to make for yourself or as a gift for a friend. You can tailor the colors to any decor and style.COMPLETION TIME:90 Minutes to make and bake (bakes twice). But allow plenty of extra time for painting. There are several colors of paint to add and each one should dry before the next.
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  • 4-1/4” Circle cutter - or smaller if desired
  • Piece of paper
  • Glossy or enamel acrylic paint - I used Folk Art: School Bus Yellow, Hydrangea, Berry Wine, Night Sky, and Americana: Royal Fuchsia
  • Acrylic floating medium
  • Stir sticks
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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 15 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

If you work your project on top of a piece of paper it will be easy to lift it so that you can flip it upside down as needed.

First let’s make the dish. The dish in this tutorial is pretty large - 4-1/2” in diameter. You don’t have to make your dish this big if you don’t want too. You can adjust easily by decreasing the diameter of the base.

From 1/4 pound of Original White Sculpey® roll out a sheet that is 1/4” thick. Cut out your base circle. The circle shown here is 4-1/4” in diameter. Lay the circle on a piece of paper.
photo shows base circle

Step 3

Next, from 1/8 pound of Original White Sculpey® roll a strip of clay 1/4” thick and long enough to surround the base completely. Trim the ends with a Clay Blade.
photo shows edge clay

Step 4

Press the edge strip all the way around the dish base with the palms of your hands. Smooth the standing seam with your fingertips. Make sure the edge is standing up straight.
photo shows adding edge seam to circle

Step 5

Pick the dish up on the piece of paper and flip it upside down. Push the rim to the base with the palms of your hands. Smooth the seam with your fingertips. Smooth the outer bottom edges of the rim with your fingertips.
photo shows as described

Step 6

Flip the dish over again. Use the 6 mm Ball Tool to really smooth the seam between the inside base and the rim. Smooth the top edges of the rim with your fingertips.

Bake the dish following the baking instructions for Original Sculpey®. Allow the dish to cool completely before handling.
photo shows smoothing seam with tool

Step 7

From more of the Original White Sculpey® or using scraps from the first Steps, make another 1/4” base piece the same diameter as the original circle from Step 2. Place this piece on the bottom of the dish as a foot.
photo shows as described

Step 8

Make sure the foot is well connected to the dish. Smooth the edges with your fingertips.
photo shows adding foot

Step 9

Bake the dish again following the baking instructions for Original Sculpey®. Allow to cool completely before handling.
photo shows as described

Step 10

Now we will splatter paint the dish. For my dish I am using acrylic paints in either glossy or enamel finishes. I love the way the glossy paint contrasts to the flatness of the Original White Sculpey®. Stir each color of paint well and then see how quickly it drips from your stir stick.

You will want your paints to be fairly fast moving and not clumpy at all. A good way to thin acrylic paints is with Floating Medium. You can add just a few drops at a time to the paint and stir it in completely before testing again for runny-ness.

I started with the lightest colors first so they look pure against the white background. Here, I dipped my stir stick into my School Bus Yellow paint and flung it onto the dish randomly. Allow the yellow paint to dry.
photo shows as described

Step 11

Then add the Hydrangea color. Allow the paint to dry.
photo shows as described

Step 12

Then add Berry Wine and Royal Fuchsia allowing each to dry before adding the next.
photo shows as described

Step 13

Lastly add Night Sky and allow the paint to dry completely.
photo shows as described