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.
Using the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #1 setting, roll out a sheet of Premo! Sculpey Gold. Next, set the machine on the #2 setting and roll the Gold sheet through again to create a long thinner piece of clay. Set the sheet on your work surface and lightly mist with water. Place the ruler on the sheet of clay to use as a guide and roll the Rope texture wheel down the length of the clay, pressing gently. Cut your scrapbook paper to fit into the box to be the decrative background for your clock. Place inside box to ensure fit.
Using the Super Slicer, trim the top and bottom of the texture strip you created, leaving ¼ inch selvage on both sides. The strip should be wide enough to cover the circumference around the clock face. Make sure the strip is long enough to overlap itself about 1 inch at the ends. Bake this strip of clay according to the directions above.
Once the clay strip has baked and is just warm enough to touch, wrap it around the clock face to get the correct measurement. Use the Super Slicer to cut through the strip where the pieces overlap to make a snug joint between the pieces. Remove the strip and use clear, fast drying glue to secure the ends together.
Roll the remaining Gold through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #2 setting. Place the ring you just made on this sheet. Use a craft blade to trim around the outside of the ring. The clay should remain adhered to the bottom of the ring. Set aside. Roll the rest of the Gold clay into a ball and then into a log about ½” wide. Trim the log to about 1”. This will be the pedestal that will attach the clock face to the box once the clock is fitted into the frame just built above.
Bake the clock frame and the cylinder of clay and set aside. The clock should fit snuggly into the housing, but should be easily removable.
To decorate the edges of the box, follow steps 1 and 2 above using Antique Gold. The strips should be wide enough to cover the front edge, so adjust the selvage on each side of the texture pattern to achieve the correct width. You will need to cut out four strips to fit the front edges of the box. Apply white glue to each edge and gently press the strips into place. The metal corners will cover most of the clay seams, but keep them as neat as you can! Reserve any pieces of the texture that remain that are at least 2 inches in length.
Use the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #1 setting and roll out ½ package of Premo! Bronze into a sheet. Next, set the machine to the #2 setting and roll the Bronze sheet through again to create a long thinner piece of clay. Set the sheet on your work surface. Lightly mist the Copper Ceiling texture sheet with water and press into the sheet of clay. To achieve a deeper texture roll over the texture sheet with the Acrylic Roller. Remove the texture sheet and trim around the texture with the Super Slicer, you will not need to create a selvage edge around the texture. You will need to create a total of eight pieces of textured clay-two for each side of the box.
Position two of the textured pieces on one side of the box so the pattern matches in the center. Do not overlap the gold texture strip on the front edge. Use the Super Slicer to trim off the excess clay hanging off the box. The textures will not cover the entire length of the box edge – there will be about 3/8”-1/4” inch gap on each side. To cover the gaps, use the remaining pieces of the Gold texture strips you created above. To adjust the size of the strip to fit the gap perfectly, use the Super Slicer to trim off the excess. Apply white glue with the foam brush to the side of the box and adhere the textured pieces. You can added an extruded coil of Antique Gold to cover the seam between the Bronze and the Gold edges. The extruded clay just runs to the end of each corner. (The metal corners will cover most of the clay seams at the corners).
Position the metal corners at each corner, add a small amount of white glue to the inside of the corners and press them gently into place.
Remove the decorative paper from the inside of the box and bake the box according to the directions above.
Once the box is baked and cooled, paint the inside edges with a mixture of the 1 part brown and 1 part dark grey paint.
Once the paint is dry, glue the decorative paper into place with clear, fast drying glue. Position the clock with the gold log on the back into the box, make sure the depth is to your liking. Then use clear, fast drying glue to secure.
Antique the textured clay around the box and clock face by washing the same brown/dark grey paint mix over a portion of the surface. Quickly wipe the surface with a damp paper towel to remove the paint from the raised portion of the texture. You can also do this over the metal corners as well.
You can highlight the texture on the Bronze clay by rubbing your finger over metallic pigment ink and then rubbing your finger over the clay. Only glue the clay log to the housing of the clock. You DO NOT want to glue clock face into the housing! You need to be able to change batteries and set the time. Don't forget to put your batteries in the clock and set the time!