Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay 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 ¼" (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.
Select your leaf image and rescale it in your photo software and print out several sizes. Or you can just print out mine attached! Place the printout under a sheet of tracing plastic and trace with a black marker.
Once you have traced all the sizes, just cut them out with your craft scissors. Set aside. (don't those tracing scraps look like they can be used for something later? something where you want random shapes or lines?)
Roll out about 3/4 of a block of conditioned Premo Accents Gold on the middle setting on your Clay Conditioning Machine. Lightly spray your selected stamp with the water and place the sheet of clay against it. Put a sheet of paper on top of the clay and place on a hard floor, with the paper down and the stamp on top. Step on the stamp - careful! Don't fall off (I've done it). Step from all 4 sides. Pick the stack up and remove the paper, then remove the sheet of PERFECTLY stamped clay from the stamp!
Put the sheet of clay on your smooth worksurface (so the clay will stick to it) and then select your leaf designated for the name card. Trace around the leaf using the Exacto blade.
Use the pad of your finger to gently press down the edges of the leaf to remove that "raw" look from the cut. Use the pointed rubber chisel on the medium Style n' Detail tool to draw in the center vein and side veins. (NOTE: your written name will follow the center vein)
Dip your finger into the lid of each of the Pearl Ex colors and gently swipe some of the colors across each leaf.
Cut out several colors of leaves using the smaller leaf patterns, repeating the steps covered above. Press them into place on the candle votive, overlapping the leaves.
Using the medium leaf template, cut out three leaves. Repeat the steps above for texturing, cutting and adding Pearl Ex. Overlap the ends of the three leaves, adding a small drop of Sculpey Bake n' Bond where the leaves overlap. Be CAREFUL not to get any Bake n' Bond between the clay and the paper towel core or they will bond as well!
Bake all the pieces as directed above. The towel roll and glass candle votive will be fine in the oven.
Once the clay has baked and cooled, you can antique each piece using a dark brown acrylic paint. Just paint the surface of the clay and quickly wipe off with a damp paper towel or baby wipe.
Once the paint has dried, you can use a Gold or Black permanent or alcohol marker to write the names on the placecard leaves. Drop a small tea light into the candle.