Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. 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 1/4"(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 dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Remove the cap from the glass ornament. Pour a small amount of gold glitter paint inside of the ornament. Swirl the paint around, making sure to cover the entire inside of the ornament. Depending on the opacity you desire you can continue to add paint until you like the results. Set the ornament aside and allow to dry.
Use the Clay Conditioning Machine to roll out a sheet of Magenta Pearl on the #1 setting. Use the Super Slicer to cut the sheet in half vertically and press the ends together to form one long sheet. Run the sheet through the Clay Conditioning Machine again. You want to create one long sheet of clay.
Place the sheet on your work surface. Lightly mist the clay with water. Use a ruler to create a long straight edge. Position the ruler horizontally towards the top of the sheet. Gently roll the texture wheel (Wrought Iron) across the clay, using the straight edge as a guide. Reposition the straight edge lower on the sheet of clay, at least an inch from the completed row of texture. Create another row of texture. Repeat this process until the sheet of clay is filled.
Use the Super Slicer to trim the top and bottom edge of the first line of texture. Repeat this until you have trimmed 4 texture strips. It doesn't matter how much selvage is on the texture strips, as long as you leave the same amount on each piece.
Select two strips of the textured “ribbons” and trim to about 5” and cut one end on a diagonal. Position two of the textured “ribbons” on both sides of the front middle of the ornament, adding ripples to the clay like ribbon. The diagonal edge should be the bottom edge of the “ribbon”. Use a smaller piece of clay to wrap around the top edge of the ornament hanger.
Position two shorter ribbons the front center of the ornament.
Cut two more strips of “ribbon” about 4 inches in length each. These will form the loops of the bow after they are baked. Bake the ornament and the two strips according to the directions above. To hold the ornament in place you can place it on a mound of fiberfill to keep it from rolling around.
Once the clay is cool, fold the two strips into loops and use clear, fast setting glue to secure the ends. Glue these into position on both sides of the ornament top, make sure to leave room to place the hanger through the loop! You may want to place the hanger through the loop before gluing the clay ribbon loops into place!
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