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® Clay 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.
Select a cup or vessel that will be nicely covered with clay. My vessel has a curved shape which will help the clay to permanently trap the vessel inside - the clay will not be able to slide off of this shape.
Roll 1/4 bar of each color Fuchsia, White Gold Glitter, and Silver into ropes. Bundle the ropes together as shown. Add little stripes of Galaxy Glitter in between each of the ropes.
Grab the bundle in your fist and squeeze it to make sure all the pieces are sticking together. Let it twist slightly.
Flatten the stripe bundle with the Acrylic Roller so that it is thin enough to go through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the thickest setting.
Sheet the remaining bar of Galaxy Glitter through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the thickest setting. Sheet the mixed sheet through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Layer the mixed sheet over the Galaxy Glitter sheet.
Press both sheets together through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting.
Fold and press the sheet through a few more times to make the colors mottle and mix.
Cut a straight edge along one of the short ends of the mixed sheet. Line the straight edge up as your starting point to wrap the vessel.
Wrap the sheet all the way around the vessel and gently press the beginning seam to the excess clay. Where they overlap, use a little fingertip pressure along the bump so that a mark is made in the excess. Carefully unroll the sheet from the vessel and trim just inside the marked line. Wrap the clay around the vessel and smooth the seam with your fingers.
Carefully wrap the excess clay over the lip of the vessel. Trim the excess clay around the opening.
Wrap the excess clay at the bottom over the bottom edge, pleating the clay to make it lay smooth.
Trim the excess clay away from the bottom using a circle cutter that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the bottom.
Use the excess Galaxy Glitter that you just trimmed away to make a rope to go around both the top and bottom edges.
From the second bar of Galaxy Glitter make a very thick rod. Border it with a few thin strands of Pearl.
Roll the rod to make it smooth but don’t allow it to twist very much.
Compress the rod from the ends toward the middle. If you alternate rolling the rod thinner with compressing it thicker, the Galaxy Glitter and the Pearl will mix just slightly where they touch each other. Repeat this process until the colors are starting to blend.
Finally, roll the rope to a diameter of 3/4” thick only allowing it to twist slightly.
Trim the ends leaving a section that is 3/4 as tall as the vessel.
Shape the piece into a shape that is tapered on both ends, rounded across the top and flat on the bottom. The piece should be a little longer than the vessel is tall. This will be a nebulous cloud.
Press the nebulous cloud onto the side of your mug covering up the seam. Angle it slightly so it looks natural and not rigid.
Smear the edges of the nebulous cloud into the background with your fingertips.
Make two more very small nebulous clouds with the remainder of the clay Step 19. These should be flat on the bottom, tapered on the ends, and rounded on the top.
Press one along the top edge of the vessel and one along the bottom edge connecting them to the big nebulous cloud. Smear the edges of these clouds to the background with your fingertips.
Press small pieces of Pearl into the star shapes of the Boho Chic Silicone Mold. I didn’t clean my fingertips after the preceding steps so I have blue streaks blended into my Pearl clay.
Gently flex the mold to release the molded pieces. Trim the scrap from around the stars with a blade or craft knife. Make as many stars as you would like to have to decorate your vessel.
Press them into position on your vessel. I concentrated mine in the nebulous cloud area.
With the 2mm ball tool, drag shallow grooves from the stars through the background color just to add a little texture.
When you’re happy with your piece, bake it following the baking instructions above in Step 1. Allow to cool completely before handling it.