Turn your students artwork into permanent magnets using Sculpey® Bake Shop Clay. Transfer the images from the paper to the clay in a simple step, cut them out, bake, add a magnet and you can create a magnetic art gallery!
• Regular Computer Paper
• Access to a Scanner and Laser Printer
• Rubbing alcohol (72%)
• Cotton balls
• Plain white paper or index cards
• White glue
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay 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 ¼" (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.
Scan in some black and white drawings from your students and print them out on a toner based printer (like a laser printer, NOT an ink jet printer). Alternately, you can take the drawings to a print shop and ask them to copy them on a toner based copier. The paper should just be plain computer paper. If you have words on your transfer, the image will need to be flipped horizontally so that it is backwards.
Pinch off a small section of the selected clay color and knead in your hands for a moment until the clay is soft and somewhat flexible. Flatten this ball of clay and place on a sheet of paper and use the acrylic roller to smooth and flatten it to ¼ -1/8” thickness.
Cut out around the copy of the artwork (transfer), leaving a small amount of paper around the image.
Place the transfer FACE DOWN on the sheet of clay and lightly press into place. Dampen a cotton ball with the rubbing alcohol and sweep the alcohol across the entire sheet of paper of the transfer as quickly as you can. Make sure that you cover the entire paper or it will wrinkle.
The paper should be dampened so that you can see the image through the paper and there are no air bubbles. Don't get the paper too wet though or the paper will float on a layer of alcohol and won't touch the clay.
Allow the alcohol to evaporate for a couple of minutes until the paper looks almost dry again. Resoak the paper with the alcohol. Once the paper is almost dry again, swipe it with the cotton ball again and gently peel the paper up slowly. If you see a spot that didn't transfer, just lay the paper down and rub it gently with your finger in that area.
Once the paper is removed completely, admire your transfer! Once in a while, small amounts of the paper will stick to the transferred ink on the clay. Gently rub this area with a dampened cotton ball using a small circular motion to remove the paper before baking.
Use the Sculpey Knife Tool to cut out around the transfer.
Repeat steps 2-6 for all of the transfers you are making.
Place your finished clay pieces on a baking surface and bake as directed above in Step 1. Once the clay is baked and cooled, glue the magnets to the back of each finished piece.
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