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.
Pinch off a small amount of the conditioned clay to create a ball about 1 inch (25mm) wide. Place the ball on your worksurface and gently roll to elongate the ball into a cylinder that is about 3/8 inch (9mm) wide. Trim the cylinder to your desired length -mine is about 2 inches (50mm).
Once you have your bar rolled to the desired width and length, carefully insert the eye pins in each end by pressing them gently into the clay. Once the pins are inserted in each side, bake according to the directions in Step 1.
Once the bar has baked and cooled, carefully remove the eye pins and use a small piece of painters tape to tape off a section of each end of the bar. NOTE: Use sharp scissors to cut the tape and get a straight edge. Use the brush to apply the Gold acrylic paint to the taped ends of the bar – don’t for get to paint the very ends of the bar! I set my bar on a round cutter to dry, but a bottle cap can work as well!
Once the paint has dried, remove the tape and reinsert the eye pins with a small drop of instant glue on the ends of the pin. When the glue has dried in a few moments, add the chain and you are set!
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