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® Oven Safe Work Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (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. BAKING SHOULD BE DONE BY AN ADULT.
Prepare the frame by sanding rough edges. Paint all the edges and the back of the frame which won’t be covered with clay in a coordinating color. Spread a thin layer of Oven Bake Clay Adhesive over the face of the frame. T Set the frame aside for now.
Combine Purple Pearl with Gray Granite. Mix the colors completely. Sheet the Purple Granite through the clay conditioning machine to the second thickest setting. Lay the clay sheet on the work surface and make sure it is completely flat. Lay the Feathers silk screen on top of the clay shiny side down. Burnish out air bubbles with your fingers.
Place a line of dark purple paint across one of the short edges of the screen.
Pull the squeegee through the paint and across the screen holding it at a 45 degree angle. Immediately remove the screen and clean it in water.
Carefully clean the screen and blot it dry with paper towel. Repeat the screening until you have a total of three complete pieces of clay with the feathers screened on them. Allow the paint to dry on the clay completely.
I cut each of my clay feather pieces in half because it made them easier to handle and also this shape fit my frame better. I placed the first piece in the upper left corner. Push out air bubbles from between the clay pieces and the frame as much as possible.
Keep adding pieces until the whole frame is covered. Make sure to butt the pieces up next to each other so there are no gaps. When the entire frame is covered, roll over it with the Acrylic Clay Roller to make sure all air bubbles are pressed out. Trim the corners and edges as needed with the clay blade.
Make a ball of White Premo and place scraps of the screened Purple Granite onto it. [
Twist the clay to mottle the colors.
Cut pieces from the twisted rope. Press the pieces into the Feathers of the Boho Chic mold making all three sizes of feathers. Just push the clay into the mold, trim the back if they are overfilled, and flex the pieces out of the mold.
Score lines in the feathers with the Needle Tool to add more details.
Add the dark purple paint to the quills of the feathers. I speckled some of the dark purple paint on my feathers and painted the edges of the feathers as well.
Curve the feathers with your fingers to give them a natural appearance
Position the feathers on the frame as shown.
Add pearls of the Purple Granite color with the Etch ‘n Pearls.
Bake the frame following the instructions in Step 1.