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This clever use of clay will surely be a conversation starter in your room! Design by Gloria Uhler.  See more of Gloria's work at NOTE: Lamp measures approximately 3.50” x 6.50”
Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name
Sculpey Premo™ White Translucent 2 oz
Sculpey Premo™ Black 2 oz
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine
Sculpey Tools™ 8-Inch Acrylic Roller
Oven-Bake Clay Adhesive 2 oz
Round glass vase 3.25” x 7.50”, Rangers Green Patina powder, Sponge applicator, Scotch Tape, Card stock, Craft knife, Upspirit LED submersible light, Plastic mesh, Tools for holes, Parchment paper, Bakers plastic|Round glass vase 3.25” x 7.50”, Rangers Green Patina powder, Sponge applicator, Scotch Tape, Card stock, Craft knife, Upspirit LED submersible light, Plastic mesh, Tools for holes, Parchment paper, Bakers plastic

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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.
Search Google for a skyline silhouette image. Size the image to fit a lamp shape of your choice. A 3.25” x 7.50” round glass vase was used to shape the cylinder in this project. You can make your lamp any size you choose as long as the cylinder will fit over the light unit, which measures 2.75” across. You can also shape your clay cylinder with a wine bottle, mailing tube, or another other oven safe, appropriately sized tube shape.
Skyline - Print your skyline on card stock. Use a craft knife or stencil cutting machine to cut out the image. Once cut, divide it into sections to make it easier to work with.
Position the card stock on black clay. Trace around the image with a craft knife. If you have a Lady Liberty in your design, slice the image with an angled curve in three places.
Create grids on the buildings by cutting plastic mesh to sizes that suit each space. Mist the mesh with water before pressing it onto the clay. Remove the mesh. The impressions in the clay will help you align the holes in the building and allow the light to shine through. Use various tools for the holes like a plastic tube from a ballpoint pen, or a Phillips head screwdriver. Look around the house or garage for tools that will create a variety of hole shapes. Arrange the holes in an uneven pattern on the buildings.
The Cylinder - Wrap parchment paper snugly around your cylinder. Tape the paper to the cylinder at the top and bottom with a minimal piece of tape.
Roll out three or more translucent strips to measure .50” less in height than your tube. The width of the clay will be determined by your tube size. Three 4” x 7” sections were joined for this project. It’s a good idea to have pieces that are slightly longer and wider to allow for adjustments later if necessary.
Join the pieces by overlapping the edges about 1/16”. Place the clay between two layers of parchment paper that has no creases or lines. Smooth the seam flat with an acrylic roller. The seam will be nearly invisible. Trim the top and bottom edges evenly.
Place parchment paper on the front of the completed translucent sheet. Flip it over. Carefully peel away the underside parchment paper. Use the front parchment to smooth the clay around your cylinder without actually touching it or leaving fingerprints. Do not stretch the clay as it may cause the seams to split while curing
Overlap the two long edges 1/16”. Cover with parchment and gently roll over the seam. Remove the Scotch tape.
Assembly - Arrange the black buildings on the translucent clay. Be sure to allow spaces between the sections of Lady Liberty
Brushing mica powder on the Lady Liberty may cause it to spread to the translucent clay. Minimize this by using a small, dry sponge applicator instead. Protect surrounding areas from the powder. Blow off excess and blot with a damp paper towel to prevent the powder from drifting and staining the other clay.
Finishing - Cure the project standing upright in the oven according to the directions above. Place the cooled lamp cylinder over the light unit. Use the remote to operate the lights.