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premo Pumpkin Luminary Jar

Starting at $2.49

Create and decorate your home this Halloween with this glowing Pumpkin jar luminary. Made with clay and a recycled baby food jar. Once you try this spooky project you won’t be able to stop making them. Designed by: Swirly Designs
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Sculpey Tools™ 8-Inch Acrylic Roller
$8.99
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
$14.99
Sculpey Tools™ Dual End Detail Tools
$9.99
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$2.79
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Sculpey Premo™ Zinc Yellow Hue 2 oz
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Sculpey III® Glow In The Dark 2 oz
$2.49
Sculpey Premo™ Black 2 oz
$2.79
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Ceramic Tile xacto- knife 1/2" size Circle Cutter 3/8" size Circle Cutter 1/4" size Circle Cutter Small baby food jar (for this project we used a 1 3/4" tall jar) 1 Battery operated tea light

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Your workspace:
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.
Getting Started:
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.
Baking:
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 15 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.
Prepare your jar: If you know someone who has a baby and has empty food jars ask to them to save them for you. If not you can pick up a few at any supermarket. Remove the food, label and lid and wash the jar. Set aside to dry.Next, test to make sure your battery-operated tea light works and fits inside your jar.
Making the pumpkin skin:Take your transparent clay and mix some orange clay, condition it and use your acrylic roller to mix the clay together.
Covering the jarTake your super slicer and cut strips approx. ¾ x 2” ¾ from your clay to wrap around your jar. Take your jar, apply some bake and bond to it first. Take your first strip and start at the top. Fold over 1/8” piece into the jar and smooth the strip on to the jar and fold over the extra to the bottom. Continue adding bake and bond and then strips until you’ve covered the whole piece. Use your fingers and the acrylic roller to smooth and blend the edges together.Turn your jar upside down and with your xacto knife cut out a circle from the bottom of the jar removing all the excess clay. By removing the clay from the bottom of the jar you are less likely to create air bubbles in your piece.
Take the piece and run it through the clay-conditioning machine on the #6 setting, folding it a few times to create color stripes.
Covering the jar:Take your super slicer and cut strips approx. ¾ x 2” ¾ from your clay to wrap around your jar. Take your jar, apply some bake and bond to it first. Take your first strip and start at the top.
Fold over 1/8” piece into the jar and smooth the strip on to the jar and fold over the extra to the bottom. Continue adding bake and bond and then strips until you’ve covered the whole piece.
Use your fingers and the acrylic roller to smooth and blend the edges together.Turn your jar upside down and with your xacto knife cut out a circle from the bottom of the jar removing all the excess clay. By removing the clay from the bottom of the jar you are less likely to create air bubbles in your piece.
Carving the faceDecide on an area on the jar to carve your pumpkin’s face. Take a ½ circle cutter and punch out two eye holes and use your xacto knife to carve out a mouth.
Adding Features: Take your glow in the dark clay, condition it, and run it through the clay-conditioning machine on the #4 setting.Punch out two circles with the 3/8 size circle cutter. Apply a bit of bake and bond and stick your eyes on. Then use your ¼ circle cutter to stamp an inner circle in the pumpkin eyes.Cut out a small rectangle shape for the toothRoll out two tinted black balls and attached them to the center of your eyes.Use a piece of orange clay condition it and run it through the clay-conditioning machine on the #4 setting. With your super slicer make a triangle shape nose.
Place on your ceramic tile and bake your piece in the oven according to the manufacturers instructions on the packaging. Let cool. Once cooled insert your tea light and lower the lights and watch your pumpkin jar light up the night.
Tips:• Don’t mix a lot of colored clay in your transparent clay. You want to use only enough to tint the transparent clay or else your clay won’t be transparent after baking.
• Place your finished piece under a lamp or in a sunny window for a bit so you can activate the glow in the dark clay.
• If any of your pieces fall off your jar over time just super glue them back on.
• Use some 20 gauge green wire to create a handle for hanging on a Halloween tree.
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