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.
Just to be sure all the moisture is removed from the wood bake it for about one hour at 250 degrees. When knob is cool brush on a coating of Oven Bake Clay Adhesive.
Condition all clay by kneading until it’s soft and smooth or by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the folded side into the rollers first. Cut out 5 circles with 3/4” circle cutter of each color
Randomly stack the clay disks on top of each other to form a round log. Roll the log to a diameter that will fit in the barrel of your clay extruder. Put a square shaped metal disk in the extruder and extrude the clay.
Cut the long square log into 16 equal strips and stack the strips to form a cane 4 strips by 4 strips. Compress the cane to remove air bubbles and bond all the strips together by rolling over the cane with a roller. Keep turning the cane each time you roll so the cane stays square. Roll one of the leftover clay colors through the pasta machine on a medium setting. Cut four slices from the cane and assemble them on the clay sheet to form a larger pattern. Roll over the clay pattern to make a smooth sheet.
Cover the wood knob with a layer of Bake & Bond. Take one of the leftover clay colors and put it through the pasta machine on a medium setting and then cut a strip approx. 1” x 5”. Wrap this strip around the side of the knob. Take your time to get the clay to form to the shape of the knob’s side. Push out any air bubbles, and trim away the extra clay that has wrapped over the top and bottom. Cut a 2” circle in the pattern clay and center on top of the knob. Gently form the clay over the top and push out any air bubbles. Wrap the pattern slightly under and smooth the patterned clay into the clay on the sides.
Bake the knob in a preheated 275 degree oven for 25 minutes. When the knob is cool, sand it with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper to get a smooth surface. Coat the whole knob with Sculpey gloss glaze.
You will have pattern cane leftover so use it to cover a light switch plate, a small glass container, or more knobs.
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