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premo! Sculpey® Shoot for the Stars Mason Jar

Designed by Amy Koranek

Starting at $2.79

Decorate a mason jar with clay - perfect for gifts, candy, desk tops - the possibilites are endless 

Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name Qty
Sculpey Tools™ 8-Inch Acrylic Roller
$8.99
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
$14.99
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine
$39.99
Sculpey Premo™ Peacock Pearl 2 oz
$2.79
Out of stock
Sculpey Premo™ Purple Pearl 2 oz
$2.79
Sculpey Premo™ Twinkle Twinkle 2 oz
$2.79
Out of stock
  • Mason Jar
  • Star shaped cutters in various small sizes
  • Knitting needle or toothpick or other blunt poking tool
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Printed phrase template for etching
  • Tape
  • Silicone glue
  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Damp cloth for wiping away glass dust
  • Dremel Stylo Versatile Craft Tool with glass etching bit

Additional Resources

    Getting Started:
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.

    Baking:
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.
Instructions-Etching:Print out a copy of the phrase to be etched in the glass. Tape the phrase to the inside of the jar following the curve of the glass.
Instructions-Etching:Wear protective mask and glasses while etching glass. Begin by etching the outside edges of all the letters and design elements. Wipe away glass dust with a damp cloth if the design gets cloudy and hard to read.
Instructions-Etching:Go back and fill in all the letters and shapes with the etching bit to your satisfaction. Wipe the glass dust away with a damp cloth.
Instructions-Mokume Gane Lid:Sheet 1/2 block each of Twinkle Twinkle, Purple Pearl, and Peacock Pearl through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Layer the colors as shown.
Roll over the stack of colors with the clay roller to thin it enough to press through the clay conditioning machine.
Sheet the stack through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Cut the sheet in half.
Stack the two halves again.
Sheet the stack through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting.
Cut the sheet in quarters.
Stack the quarters.
Roll over the stack to seal all the layers together.
Lay the lid ring over the stack and make sure the stack is large enough to accommodate the ring. If the stack is not large enough, roll over it in each direction to stretch it. Once it is large enough to accommodate the ring, leave it on the work surface. The mokume gane will work best if the clay stack is stuck down to the work surface. I’m working my stack with the darkest color on top because that is the color that will create the image in the stack.
I’ve selected a variety of my smallest star shaped cutters. I have aspic cutters shown in silver; some tiny star shaped tubes; and Kemper cutters with plungers.
On the first pass, I just filled the area with a field of the largest star shape in a random pattern. I left space between them to fill in with smaller stars. I did not press all the way through the stack. I pushed the shape in about half way into the clay and then pulled it back out. This way I didn’t get the clay stuck in the cutter.
Then I filled in with the next largest shape.
Add another size of stars filling in the spaces from largest to smallest. Be sure to turn the cutters so you don’t always have the stars pointing the same direction.
Keep adding the smaller stars in the small spaces.
Finally, I filled in all the spaces with the tiniest stars and then added some pokes with a knitting needle in places where stars would not fit.
Finally, I filled in all the spaces with the tiniest stars and then added some pokes with a knitting needle in places where stars would not fit.
You should barely be able to see the pattern in the clay stack.
Make sure your blade is very clean before slicing the stack. I hold my blade at a slight angle and pull it toward me just slicing off a thin layer of clay parallel to the stack.
When you flip the slice over, you will see the color layers and the stars shining through.
Continue slicing off thin layers until the whole pattern is revealed. If you like, the slices can also be used in a project. Just roll out another coordinating sheet of clay and mount the slices to it in a random pattern.
Use the lid ring to scope out the area of the pattern that you like best.
Use a sharp craft knife to cut out around the inner edge of the lid ring.
Carefully lay the patterned clay cut out on the lid seal. Smooth the cut edges with your fingers. Carefully remove the clay cut out from the lid seal and set aside.
From scrap clay, create a shallow domed piece that fits the inner circle on the lid seal. Make sure this domed piece is very smooth on the top.
Curve the starry clay piece over the dome. Make sure the entire domed piece now fits on the inner circle of the lid seal. Also make sure the lid ring will fit back onto the seal with the clay in the center of the seal.
Carefully remove the clay piece one more time and bake it separately so that the lid seal is not damaged by the heat from the oven.
When the clay is completely cool, glue it to the lid seal, put the jar together, and enjoy!
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