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 wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) 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 15 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.
Condition clay and run the White clay through the pasta machine on the thickest setting to make a sheet that is at least 4" X 4".
Roll 1/4 package each of Purple, Granny Smith, Candy Pink, Yellow, and Just Orange into long ropes at least 16" long.
Push all the ropes together with sides touching. Gently pinch so the ropes stay connected to each other. Press the ropes through the pasta machine on the thickest setting so they become flattened together like ribbon candy.
Lay the ribbon across the white clay and trim each end. Repeat until you have covered the entire sheet of white clay with the ribbons. Press the White/ribbon sheet through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.
Condition clay and run the Purple clay through the pasta machine on the 3rd thickest setting to make a sheet large enough to cover the entire white/ribbon sheet. The ribbons should be sandwiched between the White clay and the Purple clay.
Starting at one end roll up the Purple/ribbons/White clay sheet into a jelly roll with the Purple on the outside (bottom). The ribbons should be running parallel with the length of the cane when you are rolling them up inside.
Reduce the cane by rolling it gently on your work surface until it is about 9/16" in diameter.
Gently remove the ink stick with pliers and set it aside. It cannot go into the oven with the pen.
Carefully slice off 20-22 thin slices. It’s most important that the slices be even in thickness than for them to be very thin. Beginning on the closed end of the pen barrel, align two slices directly opposite each other on the barrel and sticking out slightly over the end of the barrel.
Continue placing slices on the pen barrel. Position each row of slices offset from the ones above so they fit more closely in the gap. It is important to have little gaps between each slice so that later, when you roll the pen to smooth it, they will fill in. Bend the placed slices to follow the shape of the barrel.
When the barrel is completely covered, gently roll it between your hand and the work surface to smooth all the slices. You’ll notice that as you roll, the slices will fill in all the gaps creating a nice pattern.
On the closed end of the barrel, gently fold the slices toward each other to seal up the end. Gently smooth the seam closed with your fingers.
On the open end of the barrel, carefully slice away excess clay along the top edge of the barrel opening.
Bake the pen barrel according to the instructions above in Step 1. When the barrel is completely cool, replace the ink stick and enjoy!
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