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 all colors of clay. With large Etch 'N Pearl tool, make one Wasabi pearl for each button. Following the baking instructions on the package and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely and remove from baking surface. If there is extra clay around the pearl edges, use a craft knife to remove. Set aside.
Shape 1/2 bar Peacock Blue clay into 2" long log. With Clay Conditioning Machine, roll out a sheet of Magenta Pearl on a #1 (thickest) setting. Cover log with two even layers of Magenta Pearl. Repeat double layers with Wasabi and Purple Pearl to make bulls-eye cane. Reduce cane to 3/4" diameter by rolling on work surface, starting from the center of log and working your way to the ends. Using Super Slicer, slice 3/8" thick slices, one for each button.
Using 22 mm button frame with open circle, press in cane slice. Using pointed end of small Etch 'N Pearl tool, drag lines on button front, alternating from the center to edge and edge to center to make spiderweb pattern. Use pushing tool to push button out of frame. Press prebaked Wasabi pearl in center. Repeat to make as many buttons as needed. Bake according to manufacturer's instructions. Allow to cool completely before handling.
With cardigan buttoned up, pull over your head and unbutton just as many buttons as need for opening — probably one or two. Cut these buttons off. Keeping sweater buttoned, glue clay buttons on original buttons. For buttons at neckline, glue one half of snap to clay button back and glue the other half to the sweater where original button was placed.
Make baked pearls with the Etch 'N Pearl tools on a ceramic tile or clay-dedicated baking surface. Lay clay sheet on baking surface. Dip concave end of tool in water. Press concave end through clay sheet onto baking surface. Lift up clay sheet and pearl will stick to baking surface. Repeat for as many pearls as you need. After baking, remove extra clay from edge with craft knife.Even if your sweater was originally machine washable, clay buttons will last longer and look nicer if you hand-wash and lay flat to dry.
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