Piece of glass (from a picture frame)
Sculpey Bake and Bond
Condition the Frost White Glitter clay. If you need to you can add a tiny drop of clay softener to it; this will make it easier to extrude. Fill your extruder with clay now. The extruder comes with 5 round hole discs; you want to use the 3rd largest. Extruding can be tough on the hands. Try this: use a towel and place the extruder vertical using the towel over the curved area where you place your hands to push. Then put your weight on the extruder. This really works great!
Create all the pieces described below, and place pieces on a piece of waxed paper:
- 7 small spirals using extruded pieces that are approximately 1 ½”
- 6 3 ½” extruded pieces
- 6 1 ½” extruded pieces
- 12 small balls (pinky nail sized)
- 30 tiny balls (using an extruded piece, cut little equal sized pieces and then roll into balls)
Set your 3” circle snowflake template under the glass. You may want to secure it with a small piece of tape at the top so it doesn’t slide. This template is just a guide to help you keep your snowflake uniform and symmetrical.
Start by placing one spiral right in the center. On a paper plate or small cup squeeze out some Sculpey Bake and Bond and get a toothpick ready. For every piece you add to your snowflake you will want to apply a little bit of Bake and Bond to where it makes contact with the other clay. This will just help ensure that your snowflake stays together. (Don’t add too much; it can ooze out and makes things kind of messy.)
Now take a 3 ½” extruded piece and bend it from the center. Take the ends and curl them outwards to make a small loop on both sides. Position this in one of the pie-shaped triangles on your template up against the center spiral. Continue this process with all of your 3 ½” pieces. Now make the looped ends meet to form a kind of heart shape. This is the hardest part. Once you have these pieces all positioned and looking even, the rest is easier.
Next add the 6 larger balls that you made to the base of each of your extruded looped pieces. Push gently and of course use a bit of Bake and Bond to secure.
Next add 6 of your tiny balls to the bottom middle of your looped heart shapes.
Now add your 1 ½” extruded pieces. These may have to be trimmed after you place them. These are placed in between each looped extruded piece. Secure tips with Bake and Bond.
Add your last 6 large balls to the top of your looped hearts. These will be going in between the 1 ½” pieces that you just put on. Add a tiny ball to the top of each of those, always using the Bake and Bond to secure.
Add your 6 remaining spirals. These go on top of your 1 ½” extruded pieces. Gently push against the 1 ½” strip to give it a little wave and to secure.
Lastly, use the remaining tiny balls and secure them on either side of your spirals and then one on top.
Now make a wire loop and add some Bake and Bond. Gently push the loop into the top of one of your spirals. Bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Once cooled, coat with Sculpey Glossy Glaze. I think this helps bring out the sparkle in the clay and also gives your snowflake a little more strength.
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