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.
Begin with the middle portion of the egg using the green pearl clay. Roll out a ball of clay and flatten it to 1/4". Roll it out long enough to reach around the egg. It should be about 1 1/4" wide. Texture it with the Honey comb texture sheet by first putting a little water on the clay, then press the texture sheet down firmly on the clay and lift up by the corner. Repeat until the entire piece is textured. Use the slicer and even up the sides and the ends. Put TLS on the egg and then place the textured clay around the egg. Cut any overage away and smooth the seam with the blunt end of the 5-in-1 tool.
Repeat these same steps for the Magenta Pearl Clay except cut a piece of clay in the shape of a C that is about 2" wide. Put the TLS on the egg, texture this time with the Graphic Flower sheet. Add the textured clay to the top of the egg. Smooth the Magenta clay where it meets the Green Pearl clay and press it toward the top of the egg. You do not need to cover the top of the egg completely because you will have vines, leaves and the rose to cover a lot of the top.
Now roll out a snake of Peacock clay about 1/4" thick and place this around the egg where the two clay colors meet. Use the 5-in-1 tool and make slanted indentions in the clay evenly around the egg.
Cover the bottom of the egg in the same way you covered the middle and the top except use the Edgy Texture Sheet-Small Copper Ceiling. Make another snake of clay and place where the peacock and bright green clay meet. Use the 5-in-1 tool again to texture it.
Now add the vines to the top of the egg by rolling out snakes of Bright Green Pearl and twist and curl them around placing on the top of the egg. To make the leaves, roll out balls of Bright Green clay in different sizes and flatten, pinch one end into a leaf shape and use the slicer to add veins. Press these onto the top of the egg.
To make the rose roll out a ball of Magenta clay and press flat. Roll it into a tight curl. Make lots of balls and keep rolling them around one another as you go, building your rose. For some of the petals I added #1274 Sunshine clay mixed with the Magenta. Bend and curl the petals as in nature. Make the rose as large or as small as you want. The rose on the front of the egg is made the same way. After making the rose on the front of the egg, I used the slicer and cut the back off to make it lie flat against the egg.
I added leaves the same as the top of the egg. I made a rose bud by rolling out some magenta clay with a little #1274 Sunshine and rolled it tightly. I added a roll of green around it.
I placed the egg in the oven on a very flat surface at 275 degrees for 40 minutes. I let it cool completely before touching it. Then I painted the bottom of the egg with the acrylic paint. You could also use a piece of felt. I actually mixed my paint to match.