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Sculpey Premo™ Terra Cotta Southwestern Bowl

Sculpey Premo™ Terra Cotta Southwestern Bowl

Designed by Cindi McGee
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Create this cool little bowl with a Southwestern flair in an afternoon. Add an artificial plant or air plant and you have a new star in your décor!

Note: The amount of Terra Cotta clay required is dependent on the size of the glass bowl you wish to cover. Clean the glass bowl well and let dry thoroughly.

Time to Completion:
Approximately 3 hours to make
30-40 minutes to bake/cure
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  • Premo! Sculpey® - Terra Cotta, Turquoise Granite, Cabernet
  • Clay blade
  • Clay roller
  • Fine and course sandpaper
  • Border silkscreen
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Glass bowl to cover
    Rubber stamp
  • Permanent black ink pad
  • Parchment paper
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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 a thin, long sheet of Terra Cotta clay. Use blade to cut strips about 1-1/2” wide.
photo shows as described

Step 3

Start at the top of the bowl. Place the first strip so one long half is above the rim and one long half is below.
Add an additional strip adjacent to it if needed to cover the distance around the rim.
Fold the top of the clay strip down over the rim to the inside of the bowl and press in place.
photo shows wrapping rim of glass

Step 4

Add a second row of strips beneath the first, placing them with the seams as tight as possible.
Continue adding strips until you reach the base of the bowl.
photo shows adding more strips

Step 5

Place a piece of parchment paper against each seam. Use your fingers to press and smooth away the seam, joining the clay pieces together.
photo shows paper against the clay

Step 6

Use a small, irregular piece of fine sandpaper to press against the clay and add texture to the entire surface.
photo shows as described

Step 7

Ink your selected stamp with permanent black ink. Gently press against clay to transfer image. Repeat to create a random scattered pattern of images.
photo shows stamping clay

Step 8

Roll a sheet of Terra Cotta clay wide enough for the border silkscreen.
Place the silkscreen against the clay (following the silkscreen manufacturer’s instructions – which vary).
I am using only a portion of this screen, so I will only apply the paint to the area I want it.
Wash the screen immediately and let the paint dry on the clay.
Use blade to cut out the border.
Repeat until you have enough to cover the top rim of the bowl.
photo shows silkscreening clay sheet

Step 9

Place the border pieces around the top rim and gently press to adhere. Use your fingers to smooth the edges/seams where each border meets.
photo shows adding border piece along rim of glass

Step 10

Roll Turquoise Granite clay to create a long sheet.
Use clay blade to cut a strip about 1/4” wide.
Add it to the top of the bowl right beneath the silkscreened border pieces.
Continue adding until you have the entire top of the bowl encircled. Smooth the seams.
photo shows adding Turquoise Granite strip

Step 11

Roll Cabernet clay to create a long sheet.
Use clay blade to cut a strip ab out 1/8” wide.
Add it to the top of the bowl right beneath the Turquoise Granite clay.
Continue adding until you have the entire top of the bowl encircled. Smooth the seams.
photo shows as described

Step 12

Use course sandpaper to texture the Turquoise Granite and Cabernet strips.
photo shows textured strips

Step 13

Bake as directed in Step 1 above, let cool completely in the oven if possible (that glass will be HOT!).
photo shows finished bowl