Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work 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 30 minutes per 1/4" (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.
Sheet the conditioned clay out on the widest setting. Cut the sheet in half and double up the layers. Place the sheet of deli paper or plastic wrap over the clay the press the largest triangle cutter firmly through the stack. Repeat to make at least 6 or 7 leaves. See how the plastic rounds the edges slightly? Use the edge of the Etch n’ Pearl to roll along the back edges and smooth those edges as well. NOTE: I began to mix a little White clay into the String Bean and decided that I liked the marbled look of the clay instead! You can either mix the colors completely, use the String Bean color on it’s own or use it marbled like I did!
Press the triangles gently to the glass with no overlap of the leaves. Repeat around the holder.
Use the medium Style n’ Detail tool to texture the edges of the leaves at the top to where they join at the bottom. Repeat around the holder
Create several smaller triangles with the medium cutter in the same method and position them at the bottom overlapping two leaves as shown. Use the Style n’ Detail tool on the edges. Repeat around the holder.
Put a small layer of Hazelnut clay, sheeted on the widest setting, on the smooth tile to create the pearls. Use the largest Etch n’ Pearl to create several small pebbles to put in the open sections of the leaves at the bottom of the holder. NOTE: press the tool into the damp sponge before pressing into the clay – this will help the clay release from the tool and stay on the tile! Then use the edge of your blade to slide under the pearl and position it on the design.
If desired, scrape a small amount of the soft pastel onto a scrap of paper and use a cosmetic sponge to add some “dirt” detail to the leaves. Bake as directed above in Step 1 and enjoy!
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