Heart shaped cookie cutters; Ruler or other tool to make straight lines; Colorful sequins; Jump rings; Google eyes; Acrylic crystals; Tweezers; Red permanent marker; Magnets; Silicone glue; Key ring; Toothpick
To get all your air dry modeling clay crafts off to the right start, make sure you know the best ways to work with your material. Here are general guidelines to follow:
Surface: For the best results in sculpting and crafting with air dry clay, plan to work with a smooth, well-cleaned, non-porous surface.
Amount: Because the clay is made to air-dry, try to open only what you need at the time and leave the rest still wrapped or sealed and stored. Pinch or cut off the amount you need and take more out as you go, even for larger projects.
Working: Knead your clay before you begin shaping it for your creations. Our polymer clay is already soft and pliable, but warming the clay with your hands is a good practice to spread the substance, condition the material and get a feel for what you’re working with.
Shaping: You can use a combination of your hands, crafting tools and multimedia materials to shape your clay into the design you desire, create unique patterns and textures and incorporate mixed media elements. Remember: you can create anything you can imagine! Just make sure the finished product is exactly what you want before allowing it to dry.
Drying: Lay or stand your air dry clay projects on a nonporous surface with a clean and smooth finish in an area with low humidity. Let the projects remain untouched and undisturbed for about 24 hours to ensure complete hardening.
For the five fishes I made, I used about 1/2 of the bar of Model Air. Wrap the remainder of the Model Air up tightly and seal it shut for later use. Roll the Model Air out to a sheet about 1/4” thick with the Acrylic Roller. Cut out heart shapes using cookie cutters.
Make lines on the fish with the side of a ruler or straight edge to help you keep the sequins in straight rows.
Pick up sequins with tweezers and holding them at an angle, insert them half way into the clay fish.
Keep adding sequins until all the lines are filled. If desired, embed a large jump ring into the eye area.
Push an acrylic crystal into the center of the jump ring. When embedding items into the Model Air, be sure to push them in far enough that the clay comes up slightly around the item to hold it into place.
I decorated some of my fish with rows of jump rings and some with a combination of jump rings and sequins. If you want to turn one into a key chain, poke a hole near the top with a toothpick.
Allow the fish to dry completely. Add lips with a permanent red marker. Glue magnets onto the back with silicone glue. Add a key chain to the one with the hole in it.
Sign Up for Our Newsletter
Sign up for our newsletter and get special sales, product sneak peeks, projects and more!
Add a little fun to your inbox!
Sign Up for our Newsletter
And add a little fun to your inbox!
Sign up for the Sculpey newsletter and discover new products, new projects and exclusive crafting tutorials.