Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven Safe Work 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® Oven Safe Work Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4" (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. BAKING SHOULD BE DONE BY AN ADULT.
Take a piece of aluminum foil that is approximately 12” x 12”. Wad the foil up into a ball
Keep compressing the ball tighter.
Continue compressing and turning the shape of the ball into an egg
If your egg shape has wonky sides, you can correct them by rolling the shape hard on your work surface to smooth it. You can also add more pieces of foil if you want your eggs to be larger.
Here’s a look at the size and shape I’m going to use for my wreath. The egg is very smooth with very few gaps in the foil.
Next make enough eggs to cover your wreath. I made a total of 12 eggs so I could make two of each color combination.
Compare your eggs to the size of your wreath. This will also give you a good indication if you have enough eggs to make your wreath look as full as you would like.
Poke a hole at least 3/4” deep in the base end of each egg using the Needle Tool. Ream the hole out so that it is large enough to glue onto an empty stem in your wreath.
Fill the little gaps in the foil with very thin pieces of the clay so the outside is very smooth. I did not cover the entire surface with this thin layer, I only concentrated on filling in the larger gaps
Sheet Clearwater Blue through the pasta machine on the thickest setting or use the Acrylic Clay Roller to make a sheet that is 1/8” thick. Cut the sheet into 1/2” wide strips using the Super Slicer.
Begin in the center of the egg carefully and tightly wrapping the strips around it.
Continue wrapping strips around the egg butting them end to end until the whole egg is covered. Repeat with a second egg in the same color. Smooth all the seams with your fingertips. Roll the egg gently in the palms of your hands to smooth.
Poke the hole in the base of the egg again making it as large as it was before it was covered with clay. The Clearwater Blue eggs will be left solid colored.
Fill two eggs with thin bits of Apricot to fill in gaps. Sheet Apricot through the pasta machine on the thickest setting or use the Acrylic Clay Roller to make a sheet that is 1/8” thick. Apply random pieces of gold composite leaf to the sheet and burnish them down with your fingertips. Cut the sheet into 1/2” wide strips using the Super Slicer.
Begin in the center of the egg carefully and tightly wrapping the strips around it. Continue wrapping strips around the egg butting them end to end until the whole egg is covered. Repeat with a second egg in the same color.
Repeat Steps 15 and 16 with the Smoky Gray clay and gold leaf. Always make sure to poke the hole into the base of the eggs again before baking. I used the little pad of batting from the Sculpey Bead Making Kit to bake the eggs on top of so they would not have a flat or shiny side.
Follow Steps 10-14 making two Rose Quartz eggs. Add Smoky Gray speckles to the outside of the pink eggs.
Follow Steps 10-14 making two Pale Amethyst eggs. Add little strings of Rose Quartz to one of the Pale Amethyst eggs
Add little strings of Clearwater Blue to the other Pale Amethyst Egg.
Follow Steps 10-14 to make two eggs in Mint Green. Add strings of Smoky Gray to the Mint Green eggs. All the eggs are ready to be baked following the baking instructions for Premo.
When the eggs are completely cool, they can be hot glued to the little stems of the wreath. If your wreath does not have any empty stems you can make them by gently removing a leaf here and there. Ordinarily I would not use hot glue with polymer clay projects, but in this case it works quite well because the hot glue is completely trapped inside the egg and bonds well with the plastic wreath.
Allow the glue to cool completely before installing your wreath.