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 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 2 oz of the Translucent on the widest setting of your clay conditioning machine.
Use a cotton ball to swab some of your chosen color over the top surface of the clay, covering the entire surface of the clay. Make sure to wear gloves to avoid discoloring your skin or nails.
Allow the ink to dry thoroughly before folding the clay with the ink side on the inside and run through your Clay Conditioning Machine repeatedly to blend the ink into the clay. You can chose to blend it completely, or just partially blend it. You can also add another swab of ink and repeat the blending process to get a deeper color if you wish. NOTE: The Pinata Purple is a very deep color, go lightly with this one!
Tear or cut off about 1/3 of your clay and roll it into a cylinder just large enough to fit into your Clay Extruder, filling the entire cylinder. Replace the plunger and invert so that the plunger is against your work surface and firmly press down to force the plunger up through the clay, extruding it through the large circle dye.
Lay your extruded “rope” of clay on your work surface and inspect it for any tiny bubble along the surface. You will want to cut these out.
Wrap your length of clay around the soda can, taking care not to stretch it, so that the extruded clay goes a little past the end of the clay to start a second row of clay. Use your Super Slicer to cut BOTH of these rows of clay at a 45 degree angle. Make this cut about 1/2” from the original end of the clay. It is smart to carefully inspect the clay cord before you cut to make sure that there are no air pockets or dings.
Butt the two ends up against each other (they should match perfectly since they were cut at the same time) and use your finger to smooth the seam. This seam does not have to be perfect since you are going to wrap the wire around it after baking. Make sure that the sides and the back are fairly smooth also.
Repeat steps 5 -9 adding another bracelet to the same can. Careful not to disturb or mark the previous bracelet!! 3-4 bracelets comfortably fit on a can.
Once you have all your bracelets on your can, place the can upright and bake for 30 minutes or as directed above in Step 1. Carefully remove the can with a hot mitt, trying not to touch the clay. When the can is warm but comfortable to touch with bare hands, gently work the bracelets down and off the can. Allow them to thoroughly cool on a flat surface.
Add a rough wire wrap around the area of the seam on the bracelet by cutting a 10 inch length of wire and wrapping it around the seam area. Tuck your starting end under the wraps as you go and trim. Keep the last couple of wraps loose and tuck your wire end through and pull to tighten. Trim.
Don't worry about getting the wire wraps perfect, the primitive look is also attractive. Make five wraps and then go back, wrapping to fill the blanks.
If your bracelet happens to pop open at the seam while you are wrapping, put a small amount of quick drying Super Glue on it and press together. Allow it to dry thoroughly before continuing your wrap.
If a soda can is too large/too small for your wrist check your pantry for other cans that might work!! Remove any paper labels before you add clay to them, as the ink on the paper can transfer to the clay. Use any clay that you have added alcohol-based inks to as soon as possible, as it tends to dry out the clay.