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.
•It is important to use oven thermometer when you bake the liquids so that you can ensure your oven is at the correct temperature.•Do not microwave the liquids. They must be baked in a Preheated oven at 275 ºF (130 ºC) for liquid colors and 300 ºF (149 ºC) for Clear – Do not exceed baking temperatures.•If your piece is less than 1/4” bake for 15 minutes. For thicker pieces that are 1/4” or above bake for 30 minutes. •If your liquid project has become yellowed or discolored in the oven, when you remake it, tent it by placing either – folding an index card in half and placing your project under it or by using aluminum foil over your project.
Sheet Navy Premo through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the thickest setting. Hand roll the clay with the Acrylic Clay Roller to smooth out ripples. Cut out one 3”, one 2.5”, and one 2” circle from the clay.
Use the side of the small Etch ‘n Pearl to mark shallow lines on each circle. Snowflakes in nature have six points, so I generally stick with this style when making my own snowflakes. I make one line down the middle and then mark an X across it dividing the circle into six equal pie shapes. For this design, I stayed back from the edges of the circle so they would have a Navy border all the way around.
Use the large Etch ‘n Pearl to make a hole in each ornament. Press the tool down into the clay and spin it in a circular motion. If the hole does not completely release, you can use the tip of the Etch ‘n Pearl to help remove it. In the rest of my photos, the hole is not shown. But, believe me, you’ll be happiest if you poke the holes in the ornaments before you do the decorating with the Liquid Sculpey
Before beginning your designs, test your White Liquid Sculpey on a scrap piece of paper or a piece of glass or even on scrap clay. Look to see how quickly the White LS spreads. Generally, the White LS is thicker than the other colors and ideal for drawing with. This spread test will help you know if your LS is going to make a wide line or a thin line. Now for the fun part! Trace over the lines on the blue base with the White LS gently squeezing the bottle. This will be the basic bones for the snowflake. When you lift the nozzle from the line, always go backwards toward the line that you just drew, releasing the pressure on the bottle and allowing the drip of LS to go back into the line.
Next add a series of little V’s close to the middle and connecting the lines together.
On each of the arms, add a series of three V’s - larger toward the middle and smaller going outward.
Then go back and make sure the first set of larger V’s in the middle are connected at the tips if desired
Repeat the process to make snowflakes on each of the other circles. Bake the ornaments following the baking instructions for Premo. When they are completely cool, add ribbons.
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