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Sculpey III Embellished Match Box

Starting at $2.49

A decorative match box makes a beautiful finishing touch to the gift of a candle. You can even make the box coordinate to any color scheme. This is also a great project to use up scrap clays  since scrap clays make beautiful patterns using this technique.

By Amy Koranek
Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name
Sculpey Tools™ 8-Inch Acrylic Roller
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine
Sculpey III® Blue 2 oz
Sculpey III® White 2 oz
Sculpey III® Silver 2 oz
Sculpey III® Teal Pearl 2 oz
Little match box

Additional Resources

Polymer Clay
    Getting Started:
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay 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 15 minutes per ¼" (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.
Open the match box and remove all the matches. Set them aside until the project is complete. Coat the top cover of the box with a thin layer of white craft glue. When dry, flip the box over and coat the bottom cover as well. Be careful to not get glue on the sides of the box where the flint is. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Make equal size logs from the four colors. Or if you are using scrap clays that already have a mixture of several colors, you can skip to step 5
Roll and twist the log until it starts to make stripes. Fold the log in half and half again to multiply the stripes
Keep folding, rolling, and twisting the log until there are lots and lots of stripes. [
Flatten the log with the clay roller until it is thin enough to press through the pasta machine. Sheet the striped clay through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. Then again on the second thickest setting.
Drag the Design Block Comb through the clay perpendicular to the stripes. Hold the comb at a 45 degree angle to the clay and apply slight pressure so that you make slight grooves in the clay
Press the sheet through the pasta machine on the third thickest setting. Using the match box as a template, cut two rectangles the same size as the top and the bottom. Carefully place the clay pieces onto the glue areas of the match box. Trim as needed and smooth all the cut edges with your fingertips. Bake following the baking instructions. When the box is completely cool, replace the matches.