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Liquid Clay Jellyfish Earrings - SculpeySculpey
Have on hand: alcohol ink in color you want your jellyfish (I used Jacquard Pinata Purple); toothpicks; heat gun (optional); 10mm jump rings(2); silver ear wires (2)
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 Liquid Bakable Medium may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.
- Gently stir the bottle of liquid bakeable medium.
- Wash hands after use (we have found that baby wipes work best)
- It is important to use oven thermometer when you bake the liquids so that you can ensure your oven is at the correct temperature.
- Do not microwave the liquids. They must be baked in a Preheated oven at 275-300 ºF for Clear – Do not exceed baking temperatures.
- If you are using the liquids as a glaze or in thin pieces less than ¼ inch bake for 15 minutes. For thicker pieces that are ¼ or above bake for 30 minutes.
- If you are baking on a ceramic tile then you will also need to bake at 30 minutes since it will take longer for the tile to heat up. This will ensure the proper fusing of the liquid material.
- When baking these liquids you may experience some vapors or a slight odor. This is not harmful and will not affect your creation.
If your liquid project has become yellowed or discolored in the oven, when you remake it, tent it by placing either – folding an index card in half and placing your project under it or by using aluminum foil over your project.
Premix a small amount of the ink into some Clear LS and fill the top of the jellyfish mold. Add a tiny drop of the straight alcohol ink at the very top and fill the ends of the tentacles with just the clear. IF your liquid clay is thick, you may want to add a drop or two of Clay Softener. I prefer the clay to be fairly thin for these complex molds. YES, you can also drop ink directly into the clay while it's in the mold, but you risk permanently staining your mold.
Quickly stir the alcohol ink at the top with a toothpick to swirl it into the top portion of the mold. Use the small spatula that came with the mold (or an old gift card) to gently scrap any excess clay off the top edges of the mold.
Bake as directed for 30 minutes and repeat to make two. (allow the mold to cool first before reloading with LS)
OPTIONAL! Use a dual-speed heat gun on a heat resistant surface to further clarify the Clear LS and make the top surface a little shiny. See how the ink now glows in the top of the jellyfish and some of the tentacles are now almost clear?
Flip the earrings over and embed the jump rings into a large dot of Clear LS. Make sure that the space at the top is the same for both earrings! Bake again for 20 minutes. Once earrings have baked and cooled, add your ear wires and your earrings are done
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