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.
Roll out a 1/3 of a block of Ecru on the #1 (widest) setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine. Lightly spray the texture sheet or stamp with water and press into the clay. The impression should be random and not perfect.
Select an area of the clay sheet that will fit your first image with a nice visual area around it to show off your faux wood Plan to use the rough edges of the clay as much as possible. I even created some of my own with my Super Slicer blade by trimming the edge of the clay in a wavy line and then making lots of little tiny cuts in the edge. Use the blade to actually pull out some of the clay pieces between the tiny cuts to give it a more torn look.
Use the edge of the credit card or “club” card to make the “planks” in the faux wood sheet.
Repeat steps 1-3 to create all the pieces of faux wood needed for your design.
Roll out both the Cad Yellow and the Orange clay and mix a little Ecru into each color to soften it. (I use a round cutter to cut out the same volume of each color. Then I mix 1/2 circle of the Ecru to one circle of the color).
These colors are rolled out again on the #1 setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Since we only need a very small blend of these colors, cut pieces that are about 1 inch by 2 inch and stack them to overlap in the middle as shown. Add a sheet of Pearl clay to cover both stacks.
Roll this stack of colors through the Clay Conditioning Machine (on #1 again) feeding the narrow end of the stack into the machine. Fold the bottom of the sheet to the top of the sheet and roll through again repeating this process until the colors are a smooth blend. Set the Clay Conditioning Machine on #5 and roll the clay through staring with the yellow end first. This will create a very long, narrow strip of blended colors.
Roll the strip of clay up starting at the yellow end to create a cylinder of blended color.
Pinch the top of the cylinder to create a rough pear shape.
Slice a 1/4 inch piece off the cylinder (called a cane) and smooth the edges down to create a half pear shape.
Roll a 1/2 inch cylinder of the Sculpey III Leaf Green. Press down along one side to create a teardrop shape.
Cut a thin slice of this green teardrop and use the tip of a bamboo skewer to draw in the leaf veins. Attach the leaves to the pears.
Once all your clay elements are completed and in the oven baking, begin painting the box. I typically use the fan brush in big sweeping strokes of the medium brown, the light beige (ecru color), and smaller strokes of the brick color and the dark grey. When the box is completely painted, use the dark grey on an almost dry fan brush (swipe it on a piece of scrap paper to remove almost all the paint) to darken the edges of the box, including the lid.
After the clay pieces are baked and cooled, use medium brown paint to cover the clay. Quickly swipe the surface of the WET paint with a damp paper towel to lift the paint from the upper surfaces. Use the blending brush to swipe on some grey and brick tones. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before gluing the paper labels into place and gluing the clay to the box. Tuck some small pieces of burlap under the faux wood piece or the label itself. Assemble the pieces for the other sides of the box, using your clay adornments to mimic some of the elements in the label.