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® 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.
Roll 1/2 of the package of Antique Gold out on the widest setting on the pasta machine. Fold and roll a couple of times. Place the clay on a clean sheet of paper and lightly spray with water. Place the texture sheet face down on the clay and press down evenly. Use an acrylic roller to get a deeper impression. Set the sheet of stamped clay aside.
Roll the Ultra Light clay into a ball and flatten it out on your work surface. Use the acrylic roller to continue to roll the clay flatter until it is about 1/4 inch thick. The clay should be wide enough to accommodate the heart cutter.
Place the sheet of stamped clay on top of the UltraLight clay. Place the plastic wrap on top of the stacked clay. Position the heart cutter to create the most pleasing pattern on your clay.
Place a large flat surface on the cutter and press firmly down. Remove the flat surface. You will have a perfect “pillowy” heart with a beautiful stamped pattern. The plastic wrap creates just enough drag in the cutter to round the edges like this and the soft Ultra Light below makes a perfect little pillow effect.
You will notice that the white UltraLight creates a white edge around the heart. Place a small amount of the Antique Gold into your extruder using the half-circle die and extrude a length about 12 inches long. Wrap this around the edge of the heart to “finish it”, starting at the top center of the heart. (You can also paint the edge of the heart and skip the extruded clay!)
Position the key hole. Trim the brads with small wire cutters to press into the heart like small nails. Position 1 or 2 small brads at the top seam of the extruded clay and push a large eye pin into the back of the top.
Use the craft blade and the Sculpey Etch to remove and smooth the clay in the key hole. Bake the heart according to the clay package directions. Allow to cool.
Brush a portion of the heart with the Dark Gray or Black acrylic paint and immediately wipe the upper surface with a damp paper towel. This should leave the paint in the depths of the stamped pattern.
If you wish, you can brush some golden highlights lightly onto the clay using either a metallic pigment ink stamp pad or gold acrylic paint applied with a dry brush.
Attach the heart to the center of the key, using as many links as necessary to suspend the heart above the key. Attached the chain to the key on either side and add your closure. Paint the back side of the heart with either the Grey or Gold paint!
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