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.
Use pieces of paper varying from 4 to 6 inches square to create cone shaped molds for the ribbons. Tape the edges together with regular tape. The tape does well in the oven for about 6 baking cycles, but by then, the paper holds it own shape. Large index cards can be used for a work surface.
Extrude your clay in the shape you like the best. One full barrel of clay will yield one ribbon. Make as many ribbons of one color as you like but don't be too worried about cleaning the barrel out really well before changing colors. Note: If you don't have a Clay Extruder, you can simply roll long "snakes" of clay as evenly as possible.
Once you have an extruded length of clay, start wrapping it from the bottom of the cone to the top, creating a small loop of clay at the top end to accept your wire hanger.
Dust lightly with glitter if you wish. It helps to apply glitter in a separate area so the glitter doesnâ€™t get mixed in with the rest of your clay.
Bake as directed on your clay package and allow to cool before removing from the paper mold.
To make longer ribbons you can use a long tapered dowel. Using this as a mold for a ribbon will give you a skinny and longer spiral. To help hold the spiral of clay to the wood dowel overlap the top end.
Dust with glitter, if desired, and bake according to package directions. Allow the clay to cool on the dowel and then just simply twist lightly and the clay will release from the dowel.
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