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Liquid Sculpey® and Sculpey III® Mermaid Tail Keychain

Designed by Amy Koranek

Starting at $2.49

Design your own mermaid tail using the Sculpey Whimsy Silicone Mold. Make matching seashells from Sculpey III Oven Bake Clay.

Design by Amy Koranek Designer’s Note - I use miniature paper baking liners for mixing Liquid Sculpey® (LS) for projects that require only a small amount of each color. If I’m mixing up several different colors, I use a mini muffin baking pan to hold the paper cups steady while I’m mixing. When I’m all finished with a project, I fill my mold with any remaining tinted LS and bake the pieces to save for later projects. Then I bake the paper cups with the residue of the LS in them. When they are completely cool the cups can be discarded. The paper cups I use are from the baking department and designed for use as mini cupcake liners  
Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name Qty
Sculpey Tools™ Bead Making Kit
$10.99
Sculpey Tools™ Oven-Safe Molds: Whimsy
$9.99
Liquid Sculpey® Clear 2 oz
$6.99
Out of stock
Sculpey III® Teal Pearl 2 oz
$2.49
Sculpey III® Purple 2 oz
$2.49
  • Mini baking cup liners 
  • Head pins 
  • Lime green, Purple and Aqua alcohol ink
  • Glitter 
  • Jump rings
  • Key chain 

Additional Resources

    Liquid Clay Getting Started:
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 Liquid Polymer Clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately. - Stir Liquid Sculpey® completely. Thin with Sculpey® Liquid Clay Softener as needed - Wash hands after use (we have found that baby wipes work best)

    Liquid Clay Baking:
• It is important to use oven thermometer when you bake the liquids so that you can ensure your oven is at the correct temperature. • Do not microwave the liquids. They must be baked in a Preheated oven at 275 ºF (130 ºC) for liquid colors and 300 ºF (149 ºC) for Clear – Do not exceed baking temperatures. • If your piece is less than 1/4” bake for 15 minutes. For thicker pieces that are 1/4” or above bake for 30 minutes. • If your liquid project has become yellowed or discolored in the oven, when you remake it, tent it by placing either – folding an index card in half and placing your project under it or by using aluminum foil over your project.
    Clay Getting Started:
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.

    Clay Baking:
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.
First we will make the Sculpey III charms. For the starfish, start with a little dime sized pancake of Teal Pearl.
Score five lines in the edges of the pancake with the needle tool
Pinch each of the sections between your thumb and fingertip to a point.
Stretch and smooth the points to look like starfish legs. Score lines from the center out to each leg.
For the nautilus shell, start with a little rope of each Teal Pearl and Purple. Twist the rope. Fold and twist the rope many times so that the stripes are multiplied.
Make a little 2” long club shape that is tapered on one end. Roll the club up into a shell shape and smooth the fat end of the coil to finish.
Make a little barrel shape with some of the twisted rope. Use the needle tool to poke a hole through the barrel bead. Insert head pins into each of the pieces. Bake the pieces following the baking instructions for Sculpey III
Place two paper liners in the miniature cupcake pan. Stir Clear Liquid Sculpey (LS) completely making sure all lumps are mixed in. Fill the mini cupcake liners half way with LS. In one of the cups place a drop of aqua alcohol ink and mix it in completely. In the other cup place a drop of lime green alcohol ink and a little iridescent glitter. Mix completely.
Carefully alternate the colors to fill up the mermaid tail mold
In a third cup mix Clear LS with one drop of purple alcohol ink and some iridescent glitter. In a third cup mix Clear LS with one drop of purple alcohol ink and some iridescent glitter.
Turn the oven temperature up to 325 ° F. When the oven is pre-heated, bake the mermaid tail mold for 20 minutes. When the mermaid tail is cured leave it in the mold. Place the 8 mm jump ring at the thick end of the tail so that it is half on the tail and half off of the tail.
Layer a thin amount of the aqua LS all over the back of the tail. This will hold the jump ring in place. Back fill the fin area with more purple LS. Bake the mermaid mold again at 325 °F for 20 minutes.
When the mold is completely cool, flex it gently to remove the mermaid tail. The tail should look clear and shiny. If the tail is not clear and shiny you can heat it with a heat gun until it clears. Turn the heat gun on hi and allow to it to pre-heat a few seconds. Hold it about 6” away from the tail piece. Heat the tail waving the heat gun over it so that you don’t linger in any one spot for too long. When the tail becomes shiny, turn off the heat gun and allow the clay to cool completely.
Trim each of the head pins down to 3/4” inch away from the top of each charm. Use round nose pliers to curl an eye in each one. Add a jump ring to each eye and use the jump rings to attach them to the short chain. Open the end link of the short chain and attach it to the large clasp with pliers.
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