Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. 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 degrees F (130 degrees C) for 15 minutes per Â¼â€ (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use and oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be done by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 degrees F (130 degrees C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Since the vase Iâ€™m using is straight with no curves, itâ€™s possible that the clay might in time slip off of the vase. The clay will not bond with the glass but it will bond with craft glue.Also, the glue gives a slightly tacky surface for the uncured clay to stick to during placement. Begin by covering the entire outside of the vase with a thin layer of white craft glue. I usually do this by squirting the glue onto the surface and then spread it with my finger. Set the vase aside and allow the glue to dry completely. Prep the clay while the vase is drying.
The vase Iâ€™m decorating is quite large and I will be using all six blocks of clay. The following steps can be done using only one block of each color at a time to keep the size of the clay sheets more manageable. Then if more clay is required to complete your vase, you can always prepare the second block of each color at that time.Sheet the White through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Apply pieces of silver composite leaf to the surface of the White clay. Burnish the leaf down with your fingertips to make sure there are no air bubbles.
Sheet the clay and leaf through the pasta machine on the second thickest setting to make the silver leaf crackle.
Using the large hexagon shape cutter, cut out as many hexagons as you can from the White/silver leaf sheet of clay. As you remove the hexagons from the cutter, place them on a piece of blank copier paper so that you can move them out of your way easily. Set the White/silver leaf hexagons aside for now.
Wad up the rest of the White/silver leaf clay and sheet it through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. Sheet Black and Silver each through the pasta machine on the thickest setting also.Layer all three sheets and press them through the pasta machine together on the thickest setting.
Roll the colors up into a jelly roll.
Roll the jelly roll to thin it some and to make sure all the layers are sticking together.
Roll and twist the jelly roll.
Slice the jelly roll in half lengthwise.
Press the two halves of the jelly roll through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.
Fold each piece and press it through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. Repeat the process of folding and pressing the sheets through on the thickest setting until you get a nicely striped and randomly patterned sheet.Then sheet it one more time, without folding it, through the pasta machine on the second thickest setting to thin it.
Cut out as many hexagon shapes as you can from the striped sheet with the large hexagon cutter. Place the hexagons on a sheet of copier paper as you remove them from the cutter.Randomly choose hexagons from both the White/silver and from the striped sheet. Apply a starting row of the hexagons on the vase from top to bottom. Make sure all the pieces touch each other. Trim excess from the top and bottom edges as needed.
Continue adding hexagons in random order in rows on the vase.
Once you get all the way around you can trim the hexagons as needed to fit them into the remaining area.
Roll the vase gently on itâ€™s side to make sure the pieces are as tightly placed onto the vase as possible. Bake the vase at 275 for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before using.Make sure to only hand wash the vase as necessary. Do not place in a dishwasher.