Folk Art Acrylic Paint: Pure Gold; Paintbrush; ½” Oval Brass Jump Rings (11); Brass Colored Wire (24 gauge); ¼” Wooden Rod; Gold Organdy Ribbon
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 separately ½ block each of all your colors: Tan, White, and Gray. Run each color separately through your Sculpey clay machine on the number one setting. Lay each sheet flat on some wax paper and cut out the following with your Sculpey graduated clay cutters:
3 – 1 ¼” circles in White
1 – 1 ½” circle in Gray – cut in half
1 – 1 ½” circle in Tan – cut in half
1 – 1 ¾” circle in Tan - cut in half (only need to use one half for project, set the other aside)
1 – 1 ¾” circle in Gray – cut in half (only need one half for project, set the other aside)
1 – 2” circle in Tan – cut in half
1 – Large Diamond in Gray – cut in half
1 – Large Diamond in Tan – cut in half (only need one half for project, set the other aside)
2 medium irregular pieces in White, Gray, and Tan
2 tiny irregular pieces in White
Smooth the edges of all the pieces with your fingertips. Arrange all large pieces (not irregular shapes yet) on your baking sheet accordingly:
Left Row: 2” Tan half circle (rounded side up), Gray triangle (pointed side up), 1 ½” Tan half circle (flat side up), 1 ¼” White circle.
Middle Row: 1 ¼” White circle, 1 ½” Gray half circle (flat side up), 1 ¾” Tan half circle (flat side up), 1 ½” Gray half circle (rounded side up), 1 ¾” half Gray half circle (rounded side up), Tan triangle (flat side up)
Right Row: 2” Tan half circle (rounded side up), Gray triangle (flat side up), 1 ½” Tan half circle (flat side up), 1 ¼” White circle.
Now that your arrangement is complete you can add texture and lines to some of the pieces. Using your Sculpey 5 in 1 tool ball attachment texture both of the Gray triangles, the 1 ¾” Gray half circle with indentations. With the same tool make indentations in the 1 ¾” Tan half circle in the middle row.
Using the pointed attachment to your tool start with the left row and do the following: make two vertical lines on the righthand side of the top tan half circle. Press one of the medium sized irregular White shapes on the left side and make dots in it. Move down to the next Tan half circle and make two horizontal lines on the bottom half. Press one of the medium sized Gray irregular shapes on the bottom White circle and make diagonal lines on it.
For the middle row make two horizontal lines on the top White circle. Press a medium sized irregular Tan shape to the left side of the Gray half circle. Make two diagonal lines at the bottom of the Tan irregular shape. Press the second medium Tan irregular shape onto the next Gray half circle on the right side. Make dots on this one. Press the two tiny White irregular shapes in the center of the textured Gray half circle. Lastly make two vertical lines down the center of the Tan triangle.
For the right row make two vertical lines on the left side of the 2” Tan half circle. Press a medium White irregular shape to the left side. Finish this row the same as you did the left row only put the medium Gray irregular shape to the left side of the White circle to mirror the other row and then make diagonal lines on that shape.
Make holes with your tool at the top and bottom of each piece EXCEPT for the ones at the very bottom, they only need one hole at the top.
Bake according to the directions in Step 1.
Paint all lines and dots with your Gold acrylic paint. Paint around the edges of the Gray triangles and the large textured Gray half circle in the middle row. Paint the edges of the White irregular piece in the left corner of the Tan half circle in the right row. Paint the edges of the tiny White irregular pieces on the Gray half circle in the middle row.
Allow paint to dry.
Time to assemble your wall hanging. First attach the pieces in each row with your oval brass jump rings. Attach each row to your wooden dowel using the brass wire. Cut a 3” piece of wire and loop it into the top hole of your first row. Wrap the wire securely around the wooden rod. Repeat for each row. Cut a 12” piece approximately of your gold organdy ribbon and tie onto the ends of your wooden rod. Trim excess.
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