Getting Started Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Using the extruder and the medium round disk, extrude strings of clay. Lay the strings on parchment paper as you do them.
Once all of your strings are created take a stainless steel or glass bowl and turn it upside down. Take the strings and artfully place them around the bowl. Make sure you create an edge for the lip of the bowl. Do this by pinching several strings together. How you drape the strings is up to personal preference. Once you have the strings in the pattern you like, gently press down on the strings.
Bake the clay right on the bowl in the oven as directed above.
Allow the clay to cool on the bowl. Remove and fill with potpourri, fake fruit or anything else that goes with your décor – the possibilities are endless!!
Tip – Baby wipes are a great way to clean up after playing with clay!
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