Getting StartedPolymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. 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°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay 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 fold side into the rollers first.
Sheet the conditioned (see above) translucent clay on #4 and pink on #2 setting of the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine.
1.Copy the artwork to create a stencil for cutting the clay. Enlarge all three templates together and proportionately, so the rectangle measures 5” x 4.25” or a size to fit your box form. All the cuts in this project can be done with a craft knife or a stencil cutting machine. Cut out the pieces to create a stencil for the buggy rectangle and the two trim pieces.
2.For the form, this project used a paper mache tissue box available at Michaels. The clay side pieces measure 5” x 4.25” which is shorter than the box height. This will make it easy to remove the box from the baked clay later. The flat top piece measures 5” square. Cover the box sides with one continuous piece of parchment paper. Glue the ends together with Elmer’s. Don’t glue the paper to the box
Cut four pieces from the sheet of translucent clay to measure 5” x 4.25”. Press them to the parchment paper pinching them at the seams to seal them together. The pieces should be aligned with the top edge of the project.
Create the pink color clay by mixing one part Fuchsia to eight parts white.
Cut the mixed pink clay into four pieces measuring more than 5” x 4.25” and one larger than 5” square.
A Dollar Store woven plastic placemat was used to create the texture on the clay. Spread baby powder on the clay to prevent it from getting stuck to the mat, then roll across it with an acrylic roller. Gently pull the mat away from the clay sheets.
Cut the four textured pieces to measure 5” x 4.25 each. Cut another to measure 5” square. Use the stencil to cut the buggy design from the four side pieces. Remove the clay from the centers of the stencil image.
Cut the trim pieces from smooth pink clay. You will need four large for the top edges and four small for the side edges.
Apply liquid polymer clay to one side of a stiff cardboard mat measuring 5” square.
Use deli film to help position the pink clay pieces over the translucent sides of the box. Add the other three pieces to completely cover the box sides.
Apply liquid polymer to a side trim piece. Press it to a corner to cover the seam of the clay sides. Press down all the scalloped edges. Apply more liquid polymer as needed. Continue working around the box covering the other three seams.
Set the 5” square, cardboard side down on the top of your form. Apply a thin bead of Liquid Polymer to the four clay edges.
Position a long trim piece over the clay on all four top edges of the box. Press them down to make contact with the box side pieces.
Using the largest circle cabochon on the Sculpey mold, create a colored cabachon
With the baby carriage cutter, cut two carriages from doubled over clay to create an extra thick piece. Use the Etch n'Pearl tools to define the details of the carriage.
Press the pieces together. Stick the photo wire through the clay carriage layers. Coat the wire with liquid polymer and push it into the pink mound.
Apply liquid polymer to silver beads and a piece of wire and press them into the design. Before baking, remove powder residue from the clay with a soft bristle brush. Bake the box and photo holder according to the directions in Step 1.
When the clay has cooled, remove the paper mache box. Glue the photo holder to the top center of the clay with E-6000 adhesive. IF DESIRED, apply Gloss Glaze to the entire project.
Place the clay box over the light unit and use the remote to turn it on.