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Sculpey III® Easy Marbled Slab Pen

Sculpey III® Easy Marbled Slab Pen

Designed by Phoebe Doehring
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Twisted snakes of clay color can create beautiful marbled slices that can be applied to a simple pen shaft. Once you make one, you will want to make them in all the colors you can!

Time to Completion:
30 minutes to make 25 minutes to bake and assemble
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  • Ball Point Pen with removeable ink shaft like a Stik Pen
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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

Roll snakes of each of your colors that are 1/4” x 6” long.
photo shows snakes of color

Step 3

Press them together and roll.
Twist the snake and then fold in half.
Roll again, twist and fold.
Repeat this process about four times to marble the colors together.
photo shows as described

Step 4

Roll your marbled snake out so that it is approximately 1/4” thick.
Use your clay slicer and slice little equal sized pieces off of the snake that are about 1/8” thick.
photo shows slicing pieces from marbled snake

Step 5

Remove the pen shaft from your ball point pen.
Press the clay slices that you cut all over the pen. You can leave a little bit of space between the slices.
photo shows pressing slices on pen shaft

Step 6

Once the pen is completely covered, roll the pen on your work surface area to press the slices together and smooth.

Once your pen is completely smooth and no lines are showing from the slices remove any excess clay from the tip.
photo shows as described

Step 7

Bake according to the directions in Step 1 above. Allow to cool completely. Re-insert the pen shaft.
photo shows