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Premo! Hanukkah Candle Box

Starting at $2.79

We love decorative and functional items!  This beautiful little box fits that bill perfectly.  Make one for your family, for your kids or as a guest gift! Design by Amy Koranek
Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name
Sculpey Tools™ 8-Inch Acrylic Roller
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine
Sculpey Premo™ Purple Pearl 2 oz
Sculpey Premo™ Peacock Pearl 2 oz
Sculpey Premo™ 18K Gold 2 oz
Sculpey Premo™ Opal 2 oz
Candles of your choice in disposable cardboard box, White craft glue, Ruler, Ink pen, Scissors or sharp craft knife, Gold acrylic paint, Paintbrush

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Getting Started:Polymer 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® Work ‘n Bake 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.
Decide how tall you would like the finished box to be. I wanted my box to be shorter than my candles so that the candles would show. I first cut the folding lid and the flaps off and discarded them. Then I marked a line 1” down from and parallel to the original box top with an ink pen and carefully cut the extra cardboard away on the line. Spread a thin layer of white craft glue all over the parts of the box which will be covered with clay. Allow the glue to dry completely. The dried glue will make a tacky surface which the clay will easily stick to. Finally, paint the inside of the box with coordinating paint (I used gold) and allow the paint to dry completely.
While the paint is drying, you can prepare your clay. I conditioned two blocks of Opal clay through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. You will want the width of the clay to be equal to the height of the box so that you can easily wrap it around the box later. Roll thin strings of 18K Gold and randomly press a stringy pattern onto the Opal sheet.
Add small bits of Purple Pearl and Peacock Pearl randomly to the sheet. Keep the pieces very small because the next steps will expand them somewhat.
Press the sheet through the clay conditioning machine on the thickset setting.
Fold the clay sheet in half with the solid Opal sides touching. Press through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. This process of folding and pressing will embed the colorful pieces in the Opal background. The more you fold and press it through the more the colors will blend and smear. Continue until you are pleased with the color blend.
Cut a straight edge along one of the short ends of the Opal sheet. Line up the straight edge along one of the corners of the box. Carefully wrap the sheet all the way around the box making sure to not trap air bubbles between the clay and the box. Trim the clay so that the beginning and the ending edges butt up to each other. Smooth out air bubbles. Smooth the seam with your finger. Trim the top and bottom edges and smooth any roughness with your finger. Bake the box at 275 for 30 minutes.