Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. 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 degrees F (130 degrees C) for 15 minutes per ¼” (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use and oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be done by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 degrees F (130 degrees C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Compare the width of the bangle form to the size of the texture pattern that you would like to use. This helped me to determine which direction the ovals texture would work best for my bangle.
Sheet Mandarin Soufflé through the Clay Conditioning Machine to the second or third thickest setting. The thickness of the sheet should match the depth of the area between the raised edges on the metal bangle. The sheet should also be long enough to wrap completely around the bangle form.
Spritz the surface of the Soufflé with a light mist of water. This will help keep the texture sheet from sticking to the clay while getting a super deep texture.
Place the texture sheet image side down on the damp clay. Push hard with your fingertips to make the texture bite into the clay. Once the texture is securely in place, you can roll over it with the Acrylic Clay Roller to make it as deep as possible
Carefully remove the texture sheet by peeling it up from one corner. Match the pattern of the texture directly next to the textured clay image so that you can repeat the pattern. Repeat step 3 to make a continuous pattern that is long enough to wrap around the bracelet.
When you are completely finished texturing the clay, remove any remaining moisture by lightly blotting with paper towel. Trim out a strip of the texture that is long enough to wrap around the bangle.
Carefully place the textured strip in the recessed area of the bangle. Smooth edges with your fingertips and make sure there is no air trapped between the clay and the metal. Trim the ends, butt them together and smooth the seam.
Dip your fingertip into pearl mica powder. Tap excess powder off into the lid liner. Swirl your fingertip around in the lid liner to make sure the mica powder on your finger is smooth and not clumpy. Carefully apply mica powder to the raised surfaces of the textured clay.
After all the textured area is covered, bake the bracelet following the baking instructions for Soufflé. Allow to cool completely before wearing.
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