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 wipe 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 30 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.
For this project you’ll need a 1/4 of each bar. Sheet each color through the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine on the thickest setting. Trim edges of sheets.
Stack the sheets. You can copy the order that I show here or experiment with your own. I like to make sure that each color that is next to each other will be likely to create a nice mid color when they blend slightly in the stack. Also, the top and bottom colors will later blend slightly with each other.
Hand roll using the Acrylic Roller over the stack of colors to flatten it so that it can easily go back through the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine.
Run the stack back through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Cut the stack in half as shown.
Stack the two halves and run through the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine on the thickest setting again.
Cut the sheet into four equal pieces and stack again.
Squeeze the edges of the slab of clay with your hands.
You can work on your slab from either side. I like to work with the darkest color on top because this will be the color that shows up most in your design. You can experiment with all kinds of household items during this part of the project to see what kind of designs they make. Start by poking a hole off center with the ball tool. Make all your impressions as deep as you can. By doing so, you’ll be able to remove many slices from the slab with the same beautiful pattern playing out on each one.
Next cut through the slab with a circle cutter (1.25") around the hole. If you accidentally remove the cut circle, carefully place it back in the slab
Make radiating lines through the circle with scissors.
Poke holes in your design with a knitting needle.
Poke little holes in your design with a toothpick.
Heal the slab back up by pressing on it from all sides. This closes the gaps made by your various stabbing tools. Work from all directions so that the slab closes up evenly.
Get ready for the magic! Slice off one long edge of clay to create a level surface. Then stand clay up on level surface and slice off a piece from the front of the slab. Flip the slice over and, voila! Your beautiful and unique pattern is revealed! Notice how the slice and the slab now almost mirror each other in pattern. This is important if you are wanting to make earrings that match each other.
You can take as many slices from the slab as you want, and if you went deep enough with your impressions, you will have a repeating pattern throughout. Select a slice for your finished project. Run your selected piece back through the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine on the thickest setting so it will be really level and smooth for your finished design.
To make the asymmetrical triangle shape, you can start with a teardrop shape. Use a 2” Tear Drop Cutter for the necklace pendant and a 1" Tear Drop Cutter for the earrings.
Use your flexible blade to cut a curved section away from the bottom of the teardrop shapes. Smooth all the cuts with your fingertips. Poke a hole in the top of each piece with the knitting needle so you’ll have holes for your findings.
Bake the pieces according to the directions above for perfectly cured clay. When the pieces are completely cool, finish with your favorite findings to create a pendant and earrings.
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