Getting StartedPolymer 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.
Mix your colors if desired or choose direct from package, if choosing direct colors you may ignore the optional colors listed above. If you want to use my mixes then see belowMix your red. Crimson Red with Pomegranate Red (equal parts of each)Mix your black with a bit of the silver to make a gunmetal color (2 parts black to 1 part Silver)Mix your Green, mix Green with gold and ultramarine blue (4 parts Green, 2 parts Blue and 1 part Gold)Mix Ecru with Pearl and white (2 part Ecru with 1 part white and 1 part pearl)
For the Heart Key:Extrude a 2” length of silver clay and roll a small amount of silver clay through the pasta machine so it’s about the same thickness as the extruded clay.
Cut a mini heart using the heart cutter from your rolled out clay. Take your 2” extruded length of clay form a small loop at one end. Now push the middle of the loop down with your needle tool to form a heart (ensure your clay is well conditioned and warm to prevent cracking and breaking).
Trim the other end so the charm is just under 1” in total length. Attach the cut-out heart to other end of the key using Sculpey Bake n' Bond. Cover with silver mica powder
To make the Double Heart:Extrude a 1¾“ length of silver clay and pinch the ends together to form a loop. Using your fingers or needle tool form a heart (again ensure your clay is well conditioned and warm to prevent cracking and breaking).
Extrude a 1¾ “length of your red clay, thread it through your silver heart and pinch ends together. Carefully form a heart from the red loop and maneuver until the two are arranged in a satisfactory manner (if the hearts become too squished carefully open back up with needle tool from the inside of the heart). Using a very small paintbrush apply silver mica powder to the silver heart, being careful it doesn’t go on the red heart
To Make the Love Letter:Roll out your white clay so it is about 1/8” thick (On the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine that’s two sheets on a #2.) Cut out a rectangle, either manually with straight blade or using rectangular cutter.
Roll out your gunmetal black mix into snakes ensuring they are as thin as possible without it breaking. Cut two ½” lengths, taper both ends.Take a tiny amount of your ecru mix and roll into a tiny ball. Roll out a small amount of your red so it’s nice and thin (#5 of my pasta machine)
Squash your tiny ecru ball with your finger and then use your needle tool to form a shape, seeing I’m from the UK I attempt to imitate the UK stamps with the Queen’s head but you need some imagination to see it! Cut out a tiny rectangle of red clay and place your ecru shape on top to form your stamp.
Make your gunmetal snakes wavy to imitate writing and place them and your stamp on your white clay. Carefully add your eyepin, ensuring it goes in straight and doesn’t come out the front or back of your work.
Now make your lips for the back of the envelope! Roll a small ball of red clay (just under ¼” in size), Pinch the ends and flatten it slightly with your fingers to form a rough horizontal diamond shape. Using your needle tool press down in the center on one of the edges to form a ‘divot’, if you support the diamond with your thumb and forefinger to stop it moving whilst doing this it will also make your lips smile. Adjust your lip shape and take your needle tool and score along the center in a gentle curve to complete your lips.
Place your lips on the middle of the back of the envelope. Add some more gunmetal black snakes, trimming them to fit to simulate the envelope flap.
To Make Heart with Cupid's Arrow:Roll out your red clay so it’s ¼” thick. On the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine that’s three sheets on the #2 setting. Take some deli paper or surround wrap and cut out your heart through the wrap to give a softened edge
Roll out a small amount of silver clay so it’s ¼” thick, (on the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine that’s three sheets on the #2 setting).Roll out some white clay (On the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine at the #5 setting). Extrude a length of your Ecru clay for the arrow’s shaft.
Cut a strip of white clay just under ¼” wide and from that cut two rhombuses as arrow feathers. Flip one of your rhombuses over and then use your needle tool and craft knife to give a feathered effect.
Attach your feathers to the end of a 1” length of your extruded Ecru clay. If they look too big trim the feathers, just remember to re-texture the edges. Use your triangle cutter to cut a small triangle of Silver clay, use Deli wrap for that softer edge
Now trim the end of your arrow shaft to a rough point and so that the shaft is about ¾”. Take a second length of extruded Ecru and point both ends. Bake both parts of your arrow shaft as directed above.
Take your needle tool and make a hole in the side of your heart, wiggle it so it is big enough for your arrow shaft. Repeat in the other side ensuring the holes are in alignment (you don’t want a wonky arrow). If it’s easier place the shaft in the first hole to help you visualize this. Make a hole in your arrow head in the same manner. Now assemble all parts using your Bake and Bond. If you need to trim your arrow shafts use your craft knife to create a new point and continue. Add your eye pin as shown.
To Make a Heart:Roll out your red clay so it is about 1/8” thick. On the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine, that’s two sheets on a #2. Lightly texture with the sand paper.Cut a heart out with your cutter
You can leave the heart straight if you like or give the bottom a pinch and slight tweak to get a pleasing jaunty angle.
Place your 4mm Swarovski crystal in position and press into the clay. I find the eraser end of a pencil works wonders for me. Using your needle tool make tiny dots neatly around the edge of your heart. Insert eye pin into the top right of the heart.
To Make the Red Rose:Roll out red clay in a thin sheet (#5 on the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine). Use small round cutter to cut 8 circles, these will become the petals.
Gently roll one of the circles into a spiral, this is the center of your rose. Now add a second petal by overlapping the first one a bit. Gently ‘tweak’ the top of the new petal outwards between your thumb and finger to open the flower up. Add a 3rd petal by overlapping with the second as shown. Tweak the third petal and repeat with the rest of the petals. Occasionally 7 or 9 petals work better than 8, go with what seems right and makes the flower looks more balanced.
Sheet your Green clay through the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine on #5. Cut this green to this rough shape and size (just under 1” square and with 5 ‘spikes’ that don’t start at the ends) this should not be too accurate as nature isn’t perfect!
Reduce the end of your flower by rolling between thumb and forefinger (or between your two forefingers whichever works for you). Trim the end of the flower. Wrap the green stem around the rose. Roll and adjust to form the rose stem
Take your small oval cutter and cut out a leaf. Mark on leaf lines with needle tool on both sides of the leaf. Add the leaf to your rose. Adjust your leaf and carefully sharpen the spikes and then with a needle tool pull just the ends slightly away from the rose (not too much or design will become fragile). Trim stem is desired and add eyepin, this eyepin should be long enough to add some strength to the rose stem.
All your charms should now be ready to bake, bake as directed above. I prefer to tent my clay with foil..
Seal any of the charms that have the Pearl Ex on them with Sculpey Gloss Glaze or PMIII
Now it’s time to assemble your charms:I do this on a bead mat so they don’t roll about on me. Collect your chosen beads, open rings and wine glass hoops. Check all eyepins are secure, if not remove them, apply superglue and replace.
Take your 4 small open rings and using your 2 pairs of flat nose pliers add them to those charms with eyepins. Add the big open rings to the other 2 charms. Remember to twist the rings open rather than pull. If your beads won’t go around the bend in the hoops then gently straighten them using a pair of your flat nosed pliers. Now add your selection of beads to your wine charm hoop, remembering to place the charm in the middle. For the hoops I have, I like to use 3 or 4 beads each side and have the smallest at the ends. If you straightened the hoops bend them back again. In either case just ensure the beads can’t fall off the hoop by bending the catch far enough back.