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.
Condition clay by kneading in your hands or running it through Clay Conditioning Machine until soft and pliable. Roll out a sheet of clay to the #2 setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine or about 1/4" thick. Cut out two pieces of clay slightly larger than the note paper to be used for the inside of the booklet.
Press the first rectangle of clay firmly into the rubber stamp. Remove carefully. Trim this rectangle more closely to be slightly larger than the size of your paper.
Using a soft paintbrush or your finger, brush on several colors of Pearl-Ex or Powdered Pearls.
Make holes with the Needle Tool that are evenly spaced across the top or side of the piece, depending on preference.
Bake the cover piece at 275 °F in a calibrated oven checked for temperature accuracy for 30 minutes per 1/4" of thickness. Let cool completely.
Repeat above steps for the second piece of clay to make the back of the notebook. Use the cover as a template to mark the holes. Then, bake the second piece.
NOTE: You may be able to make both pieces at once, but you will have better luck using the first as a guide for the second. For this it is easier to use it baked, so there is no risk or distortion or of the two pieces sticking together when marking the holes.
While the second piece is baking, use the cover to mark the holes on the note paper. Punch holes with hole punch or awl.
Stack cover, note paper, and back of book together and assemble by threading wire through the holes and wrapping it around a skewer or dowel placed along the top or side of the notebook.
Trim ends of wire and make reinforced loops at ends of wire for cording or ribbon. Thread cording through holes and tie.
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