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 degrees F (130 degrees C) for 15 minutes per ¼” (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use and oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be done by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 degrees F (130 degrees 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.
Condition 1/8 bar of Translucent premo into a ball. Dip the ball into pearl mica powder.
Work the mica powder in by kneading the clay. Repeat dipping the ball of clay into the powder and kneading it in until you have achieved a cloudy look.
Press the tinted premo into the moon face mold. Use a lot of fingertip pressure to make sure the clay is entering into all the details.
Carefully shave away excess clay from the mold with the Super Slicer.
Lay an eye pin on top of the moon clay. Use a scrap of the mixed clay to make a star shape from the mold as well. Overfill the star shape overflowing the clay into a little pancake. Gently flex the mold to remove the star and flip it over. Use a circle cutter to clean up the edge of the background around the star.
Use the star to sandwich the eye pin in place on the back of the moon.
Use the flat edge of the purple knife tool to score radiating lines around the star. This will add detail and also help the star to connect to the back of the moon. You can either bake the molded piece in the mold or carefully flex it out of the mold and then bake following the baking instructionsin Step 1.
Place a paper mini baking liner in the mini cupcake baking pan. Stir Clear Liquid Sculpey® (LS) completely to make sure there are no lumps in it. Pour a little Clear LS into the paper liner. Add one drop of dark blue alcohol ink and a little iridescent glitter. Stir completely.
Pre-heat your oven to 300 °F. This is the temperature we will need to cure and to “clear” Clear LS. When the mold is completely cool, add the tinted LS to the two star shapes. Lay the eye of an eye pin into each one of the stars. Cover the eye of each eye pin with a drop of the tinted LS as shown. Bake at 300 °F for 20 minutes.
When the mold is completely cool, gently flex it to remove the pieces. Trim the eye pin of the moon to 3/4” above the moon. Carefully curl a loop in the tail to just above the moon with round nose pliers. Trim the eye pin of a star to 1”. Carefully curl a loop in the tail to 1/4” above the star with round nose pliers. Do not trim the eye pin of the last star. Carefully curl a loop to 1” above the star with round nose pliers
Connect the short tail star to the large jump ring with a 4mm jump ring using flat nose pliers. Connect the moon to 1” of chain with a 4mm jump ring. Connect the 1” chain to the large jump ring with another 4mm jump ring using flat nose pliers. Connect the last star to the remaining 1.5” of chain. Connect the 1.5” chain to the large jump ring with another 4mm jump ring using flat nose pliers. Cut the necklace chain in half. Connect both ends of the necklace chain to the large jump ring with 4mm jump rings using flat nose pliers.
Designer’s Note - I use miniature paper baking liners for mixing Liquid Sculpey® for projects that require only a small amount of each color. If I’m mixing up several different colors, I use a mini muffin baking pan to hold the paper cups steady while I’m mixing. When I’m all finished with a project, I fill my mold with any remaining tinted LS and bake the pieces to save for later projects. Then I bake the paper cups with the residue of the LS in them. When they are completely cool the cups can be discarded. The paper cups I use are from the baking department and designed for use as mini cupcake liners.