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Original Sculpey Wish Upon a Star Garland

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This clever garland is a MUST for rustic holiday decor!  It can even remain long after the holidays. Design by Amy Koranek  
Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name Qty
Original Sculpey® 1lb Terra Cotta
Sculpey Tools™ 8-Inch Acrylic Roller
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Tool Starter Set
Sculpey Tools™ Graduated Cutters: Circle, 6 pc
Texture Sheet of your choice - I used a swirly pattern

Additional Resources

. Getting Started:Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 degrees F (130 degrees C) for 15 minutes per ¼” (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use and oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be done by an adult.Begin by preheating oven to 275 degrees F (130 degrees C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Condition 1/2 pound of the Terra Cotta until it is soft and smooth. Roll it to 3/16” flat with the Acrylic Clay Roller. Impress the texture sheet into the clay as deeply as possible so the texture is clearly visible.
Cut out as many star shapes as you can. Cut smaller stars out of the centers of the larger stars. Cut circles out of the centers of the small stars with the smallest circle cutter. Ball up the scraps and condition and sheet them again so you can cut out more stars. Repeat the process until you have as many stars as you wish for your garland.
On the back side of each star, create some textures using the clay tools. The knife tool makes a nice straight tapered line.
The blunt end tool makes nice dots.
Make patterns on the back of each of the stars. Remember to work as gently as possible so that the swirly pattern on the back is preserved.
Bake all the stars following the baking instructions. Carefully place the warm stars on a flat surface to cool so they will not curl. When they are completely cool, paint them with acrylic paint. If you dab a thin layer on your fingertip, you can just apply the paint to the raised surfaces so that the designs show through.
Dab paint on all the star fronts and allow to dry completely.
Turn the stars over and paint the backs too.
Cut pieces of raffia to 10” long. Thread a piece of raffia through the center of a star and tie a knot on the outside. Repeat for every star
Take a bundled length of raffia and tie a star around the middle with a double knot. Trim the tails.
Keep tying stars around the raffia at intervals. You can add length to the garland by overlapping sections of raffia and tying them together with a star.