Your workspace: Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay 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.Getting Started: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 wipe before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use. Baking Premo:Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). For best results bake clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat 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.
Sheet out 1/3 block of the conditioned Graphite clay on the second to widest setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine. Select the silkscreen you wish to use and lightly rub it into place on the sheet of clay with the shiny side of the silkscreen DOWN. Shake the bottle of Gold paint from the silkscreen kit and apply a thin line of the paint across the silkscreen just about your selected round screen.
NOTE! I prefer to cut the paint spreader supplied in the kit in half so that it fits these mandala silkscreens better and I am not accidently overscreening their neighboring screens. Plus, it gives me two chances to misplace the spreader!
Quickly spread the paint down the selected screen with the spreader angled almost flat to the screen. Do NOT hold the spreader upright and use the edge of it! That will cause “chatter” in the painted screen and will eventually damage your screen!
Pull the painted screen up from the clay quickly.
Immediately put it face down in your bowl of water. Swish it around a little and use your fingers to lightly rub it, if necessary to remove the paint. I use really nice paper towels in my studio (nicer than my kitchen ones!) so I can dry my silkscreens and reuse the paper towels over and over (I actually dry them and reuse them). Lay the screen in the towel, fold the towel over it and rub your hand across the top of the towel. Remove the screen and allow it to sit out to further dry. Wipe the paint off the spreader on another paper towel.
When you are SURE that the paint has dried on your clay (this will differ with temp/humidity conditions in your studio). Use the second from largest circle cutter to cut out the silkscreen. I prefer to stand up and look down on the cutter to make sure that I have it lined up right.
Select the smallest of the oval cutters and position it near the top center of the screen. These is no real direction for this screen, so you don’t have to worry about getting it straight! Press the cutter firmly down to remove the clay. Repeat these steps for both earrings.
If you happen to have a third screened scrap of clay you can make a ring easily! Place the screened side of the clay face down and firmly press the ring finding into the clay, using it like a cutter. Peel the excess clay from around the ring.
You can use the back edge of the Super Slicer (I prefer to use my thumbnail) to gently scrape the excess clay from the edge of the ring finding. I love the mix of metal colors on this ring!
Bake all the finished pieces according to the baking directions in Step 1 above. Bake the clay right in the ring finding. Once the clay has baked and cooled add your large gold ring through the oval hole in the earring, a smaller gold ring and the earring finding. For the ring, just carefully pop out the clay, add a small amount of gel instant glue and pop the clay right back in!
If you want to get really fancy, double screen the sheets of clay for the earrings using the provided Gold and Silver clay. Allow the first color to dry completely before screening the second color.