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 Â¼â€ (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.
Sheet Galaxy Glitter (GG) through the Clay Conditioning Machine to the third thickest setting. Cut out eight 1.5â€ circles from the sheet. Arrange the circles in a grid pattern on top of a piece of baking parchment or copier paper. Working your design on paper will make it easier to transfer to the baking pan when you are ready to cure it. Use a ruler to line your pieces up on the imaginary grid so they are evenly placed.
Turn the design 90 degrees so that it is a diamond shape. Cut several strings that are long enough to connect your circles as shown to an imaginary line at least 3â€ above the cluster. Cut your string with plenty of extra so that you have enough string to tie knots and later to connect to the hanger bar.Knot or double knot (depending on the thickness of your string) the end of a string and embed the knot into the clay in the very bottom circle. Drape the string upward until it reaches the center of the top most circle. Hand tie a knot where the string hits the middle of the top circle and gently push the knot into the clay. Repeat with separate strings so that the circles are connected as shown. At this point we still need tails of string above the lunar phases to later attach stars to and to also tie onto the hanger bar.
Sheet Glow through the Clay Conditioning Machine to the third thickest setting. Cut out four 1.25â€ circles and divide them as shown. For the two crescent pieces at the bottom, you can use a circle cutter to achieve the correct shape.
Press the Glow pieces into place over the GG circles leaving a very thin outer border of GG. Where possible, sandwich the string in between the layers.
Using the Etch â€˜n Pearls, emboss a random pattern of craters all over the Glow moon shapes.
Sheet GG through the Clay Conditioning Machine to the third thickest setting. Cut out four 1.25â€ circles. Cut out another set of the moon phases shapes as shown.
Add the GG pieces to complete each of the moon phases and sandwich the strings in between the layers of clay. The New Moon phase at the top is just a 1.25â€ circle of GG centered on the 1.5â€ circle of GG. Lift the paper youâ€™ve been working on with all the circles on it and place it on a baking sheet. Bake the moon phases following the baking instructions for Premo!
Sheet Glow through the Clay Conditioning Machine to the third thickest setting. Cut out seven very small stars. Sheet GG through the Clay Conditioning Machine to the third thickest setting. Lightly lay the Glow stars on the GG sheet and use the Super Slicer to cut out GG stars slightly larger than the Glow stars. Do not press them together yet.
When the moon phases are completely cool, tie another knot about 1â€ above the top moon on each string. Gently press the knot into one of the GG stars.
Press a Glow star centered on top of the GG star sandwiching the knot in between them.
Repeat this process until you have stars mounted to the strings as shown. Always tie a knot in the string where you want a star to be. The sandwiched knots will keep the stars from moving up and down the string once they are cured. Bake the strings again to set the stars following the baking instructions for Premo!
Roll the remaining amounts of Glow and GG into ropes. Pinch them together side by side.
Roll and twist the two colors together. Keep rolling and twisting until you have a nice striped rope.
Divide the twisted rope into two pieces.
Roll and twist the rope until it is no thinner than 1/4â€ in diameter. You will need two pieces of rope that are as long as your grouping of moons is wide plus additional tapered ends. At this point it is important that your moon phases and stars are all lined up the way you want them to remain permanently. Lay the twisted ropes across the top of the strings.
Place the strings under the bottom clay rope and drape the strings gently over the top so the tails come back toward the moons.
Carefully wrap each string tail all the way around the clay rope.
Press the second clay rope all along the top of the first rope sandwiching the strings into place. Gently curl the tapered ends of the clay ropes to finish them as shown. Use a straight edge to guide the clay ropes into a straight line. Make sure all the strings are secured by wrapping them around the bottom ropes and sandwiched between the two ropes. Curl up the other ends of the tapered ropes and bake the wall hanging one more time following the baking instructions for Premo!
When the piece is completely cool, Carefully turn the entire piece over and secure the strings to the back of the clay ropes with a knot and a dot of white craft glue. When the glue is completely dry, trim the tails from the strings. Hereâ€™s a view of my finished wall hanging from the front. Charge up your pieces by exposing them to bright light and then when the lights go out, they will glow!