Your Work Space:
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. First thing to do spray the ornament with rubbing alcohol and wiping it off to get dust off. There’s no telling how long the ornaments have been on a shelf collecting dust.
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.
Choosing what color polymer clay you would like for this project (I am using Sculpey III Black) and knead it so its workable soft. If you are using a 2oz. bar I recommend using the whole bar. The thing that usually works for me is to build a large mound of clay on top of the mold. After doing that I recommend using an acrylic roller to flatten the top a for easy slicing.
Next step is to use the Tissue Blade and slice like your attempting the Sutton Slice technique. This is were you need to start being careful. As you get closer and closer to the mold take smaller and smaller cuts. I’ve had the Tissue blade take off whole pieces and had to redo the entire thing.
Make sure there aren’t any open areas. If they are small you can just fill them in with a little bit of clay and slice them down to the mold.
Double check to make sure the clay is in only the areas you want it.
Now you are ready for the clay to come out of the mold. There are two ways for this to work. The first one works the best is to bend the silicone mold so the end pieces of the clay start popping out. If they don’t seem to come out, take a finger and quickly run your finger under the clay. The second way is to get an ornament( doesn’t really have to be the one you are working with, just has to be clean) and run the ornament on the corner of the mold. Then pressing from the back of the silicone mat and peel the mat so the clay sticks to the ornament. This way is a bit tricky and doesn’t always seem to work.
Before Baking make sure to use a finger to tap the clay onto the ornament so for it to stay in place. If you aren’t sure that its completely patted down, just put the ornament in the palm of your hand and lightly roll it around. This will make sure everything is pressed down.If you wanted to include Powdered Pigments in the clay this is where you would decorate Then place in preheated oven to bake.
After cooling they are ready to decorate. I’ve decorated ornaments a couple of different ways on different shaped ornaments.
Glass Disc Ornaments- I just poured Metallic Acrylic Paint inside the ornaments and made sure to cover the entire inside. After that I quickly painted the polymer clay with more paint( could be the same color or a different color). After doing this you’ll want to get a paper towel and wipe off as much paint as you can get. This will leave the cracks areas where the paper towel couldn’t and will leave a more detailed impression.
Round Glass Ornaments (Faux Stained Glass)- While these were cooling. Mix some Clear Liquid Sculpey with what color Alcohol inks you want. To decorate these ornaments because there were small areas where paint brushes or toothpicks could reach, I used a small piece of 24 gauge wire. I carefully painted with the piece of wire and made sure that all areas that were filled in and there will be air bubbles in the colors so the wire also comes in handy to pop the bubbles. After you’ve filled in the areas that you want to be colored. It needs to be baked again, you can probably just use a heat gun to finish it but sometimes certain areas don’t bake at the same temp. Bake as directed.
That’s how you make these type of ornaments. Hope you have fun playing around with this technique.