Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey ® clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. 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 ¼" (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 Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Half Flower Pieces: Condition ½ block of Silver and ½ block of Peacock Pearl together; condition the two colors together until you have a solid color, no streaks. Roll the clay out into a sheet on the next to thinnest setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Smooth the sheet of clay onto a piece of plain copy paper. Use the 2” tear drop cutter to cut out a total of 12 teardrops.
After all of the teardrops have been cut out you are going to brush some Perfect Pearl powder onto the surface. These teardrops use the Turquoise Perfect Pearl. To brush the color onto the teardrops first dip the paint brush into the powder and lightly tap off the excess. Start on the outside edge on one side about ½” from the point. Brush down the edge, around the bottom, and up to the same point on the opposite side of the teardrop. Brush a little more powder at the bottom round portion of the teardrop so you are left with a little bit of a “V” shape area and the tip pf the teardrop not covered in powder. After you have brushed powder onto each teardrop use the side of the smallest Etch “N Pearl tool to make three indented lines that run the length of the teardrop.
Condition ¾ block of Peacock Pearl and ¼ block of Graphite Pearl together; condition the two colors together until you have a solid color, no streaks. Roll the clay out into a sheet on the next to thinnest setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Smooth the sheet of clay onto a piece of plain copy paper. Use the 1.5” tear drop cutter to cut out a total of 16 teardrops.
The 16 darker teal teardrops also need to be given some detail. Following the same process outlined in step 2 use the Mint Perfect Pearl and also add three indented lines using the smallest Etch ‘N Pearl tool.
Condition ½ Block Antique Gold and ¼ block Pearl together; condition the two colors together until you have a solid color, no streaks. Roll out a sheet of clay on the next to thinnest setting. Use the Super Slicer to cut 4 pieces out of the sheet of clay that are approximately 1.25” square. Set the remaining clay to the side.
Pick up one of the small squares of gold colored clay and drape it over the mid-size round cabochon mold. Use your finger to lightly press the sheet of clay into the cavity of the mold. Pick up the leftover gold colored clay, pull off a small amount, roll it into a ball, and press the ball into the mold. Hold the side of the Super Slicer blade against the surface of the mold and slice away the excess clay. Pop the clay out of the mold and use your fingertip to gently buff some of the Perfect Gold Perfect Pearl powder into the surface of the cabochon. Repeat this process 3 more times so you have a total of 4 cabochons.
Adjust the setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine to a medium thin (needs to be less than twice the thickness of a double stack of a sheet rolled on the next to thinnest setting) setting. Roll the remaining gold colored clay into a sheet and cut out four 1” circles. Set the circles to the side.
Stack 4 of the index cards together and fold a piece of masking tape over one of the longer edges. Place the stack of index cards on top of one of the ceramic tiles so that the taped edge is about 1/3 of the of the way onto the tile. Tear off a piece of tape that is long enough to cover across the top of the index cards and fold under the edge of the ceramic tile. Tape the index cards to the ceramic tile so that the index cards do not move. Repeat this process so that all four ceramic tiles have a stack of index cards attached.
Pick up one of the gold colored clay circles and place it onto the ceramic tile so that it is against the edge of the index cards and centered from side to side on the tile. Pick up one of the smaller dark teal teardrops and place the rounded end against the circle with the side touching the edge of the index cards, try to position the teardrop so that the pointed end is aimed straight towards the outside edge of the ceramic tile. Place a second teardrop on the opposite side of the gold colored circle so you have a mirror image. Add two more teardrops to the top so they are equally spaced and create a fan shape. Once you have all four teardrops in position add a small drop of Bake ‘N Bond on the rounded end of the teardrops where they touch the gold colored circle.
Bake the 4 cabochons made in Step 6 along with the 4 partial half-flower assemblies for 20 minutes and let cool completely
Pick up one of the ceramic tiles and remove the index cards, but leave the clay piece attached to the tile. Pick up one of the large teardrops and put a couple of small drops of Bake ‘N Bond on the back near the rounded bottom. Position the tear drop on the left side of the gold colored circle so it is centered between the two smaller teardrops and with the rounded bottom about 1/8” up onto the gold colored circle. Add another large tear drop to the right side, also centered and overlapping the gold colored circle. Place one more teardrop in the center so it overlaps the two side pieces and also onto the gold colored circle.
Position the 1” circle cutter over the gold colored circle on the center of the half flower piece. Cut straight down through the small sections of the large teardrops that overlap the gold colored circle. Lift the circle cutter and remove the small cut piece of teardrop. Add a couple of small drops of Bake ‘N Bond onto the gold colored circle, pick up one of the cabochons made in Step 6, and press onto the gold colored circle. Repeat Steps 11 & 12 three more times so you end up with 4 assemblies. Set the tiles, with the clay still attached, to the side to be baked at a later point in the project.
Covering the Tissue Box: Condition 3 blocks of Silver with 1 Block of Pearl; condition the two colors together until you have a solid color, no streaks. Roll the clay out into a sheet on the next to thinnest setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Cut the sheet in half and set one half to the side. Place the half sheet of clay onto a piece of copy paper.
Pick up the tissue box cover piece. Squeeze a small amount of Bake ‘N Bond onto the top of the box. Use the make-up sponge to spread the Bake ‘N Bond into a thin coat over the entire surface of the top of the box. Place the box top-side down onto the sheet of clay and press the box firmly onto the sheet of clay.
Pick up the Super Slicer blade and hold it so that the side of the blade is flush with one side of the box. Press the blade straight down through the sheet of clay. Lift the blade out of the clay, turn the box 90-degrees and repeat the process of cutting the clay up to the side of the box. Repeat this process with the two remaining sides. Once you have all 4 sides trimmed use the craft knife to cut around the inside of the hole in the top of the box. Remove all excess clay from the piece of copy paper, lift the box off the paper and set onto the baking sheet so it is top-side up. Bake the clay covered box top and the 4 half-flowers you completed assembling in the last section for 15 minutes and let cool completely.
Place the second light silver sheet of clay onto a piece of copy paper. Pick one side of the tissue box cover and apply Bake “N Bond using the make-up sponge like you did when adding the top layer of clay. Press the side of the box onto the sheet of clay. Use the Super Slicer blade to trim the sheet of clay flush with the edges of the box. Lift the box off of the copy paper.
Rather than baking the box after clay is added to each side it is easier to add clay to two sides of the box before each baking. Set the box to the side and prepare another sheet of the light silver clay using the clay leftover from covering the top and one side of the box. Add some Bake ‘N Bond to the side of the box that is directly opposite from the side you just covered. When pressing the box onto the sheet of clay press the box down from the inside and use the opening at the top as a place to grip the box when lifting it off of the sheet of paper. Trim the clay the sheet of clay so it is flush against the side of the box. Bake the box for 15 minutes and let cool. After the box has cooled add clay to the remaining two side and bake the box again. The image depicting the sides of box numbered 1-4 shows the order the side should be added. Baking can take place after sides 1 & 2 have been covered in clay and again after sides 3 & 4 have been covered in clay.
Adding the Flower Pieces to the Box: Condition 1/4 block of Silver with ½ block of Bright Green Pearl; condition the two colors together until you have a solid color, no streaks. Roll the clay out into a long narrow sheet on the next to thinnest setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Lay the strip of clay onto a piece of copy paper.
Use the craft knife to cut out at least 8 narrow strips. When cutting the strips try to cut them so one end is slightly pointed and with slight waves along the edges. The strips will end up being used as vine-looking pieces, the pointed end and wavy edges will give the piece a more natural look.
Lay the tissue box cover onto its side on your work surface with the top end pointing away from you. Peel one of the strips out of the sheet of clay. Lightly pinch the pointed end to smooth out the clay into a nice point. Pick a spot towards the top of the box and press the point of the strip of clay onto the box. Gently wind and curve of clay onto the surface of the box so it takes on the look of a growing, curling vine. Once you have the piece laid out the way you like gently press the clay onto the box. Trim away the excess length of clay, make sure you do not trim the strip of clay more than 1.5” up from the bottom of the box. Use your finger to smear the clay flat to the box. Add another strip of clay using the same process so you have two vine-like pieces on the side of the box.
Rotate the box 90 degrees and add another two vine pieces to this blank side of the box. After adding the vine pieces to the second side of the box you will have to stand the box upright in order to continue. If you do not stand the box upright you run the risk of smashing the clay vines that are on the side opposite where you are now adding vines. Once you have added vines to all four sides continue on to the next step.
Pick up one of the half flower pieces made in the first section of the instructions. Add some Bake ‘N Bond to the back of the half flower. Position the piece so it is centered from side to side and touching the work surface. Press the half flower firmly onto the box. Add the half flowers to the remaining 3 sides of the box and bake the full assembly for 15 minutes. Let cool completely and you’re done.
If you intend on using this tissue box cover in a humid environment, such as a bathroom, it is a good idea to paint a coat of sealer over all areas not covered by clay. Since the box form is made from paper there is a risk of the paper swelling in humidity and ruining the piece.