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Sculpey® III Lentil Dish

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This adorable little dish gets its design from a bead making technique - the Lentil Bead. This technique gives both the inside and the outside of the bowl a fantastic swirl pattern.

Design by Amy Koranek   Sculpey III Navy Pearl and Poppy coming soon!
Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name Qty
Sculpey III® Teal Pearl 2 oz
Sculpey III® Suede Brown 2 oz
Sculpey® III Pearl 2 oz
Sculpey III® Gold 2 oz
Heavy glass plate with a smooth bottom. A clear glass plate would be ideal but an opaque plate will work too; Bowl form - I’m using a Fat Daddio 3.5” diameter bowl to achieve the dish shape. You can use any oven safe bowl to form your bowl. If you use a shiny glass or metal bowl, the clay will become shiny from contact with it; 300-400 grit wet/dry sandpaper; Texture that is small and random like heavy sandpaper or rubber stair tread; Gold acrylic paint

Additional Resources

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 ¼” (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.
Condition 1/4 bar of each color into ropes. Twist the ropes together to make one large log.
Roll the log up into a ball. Position the ball so that an area with a lot of colors is on top.
Place the plate on top of the ball. Grasp the plate with both hands. Swirl the ball of clay between the plate and the work surface by moving the plate in a circular motion. If the plate is clear, you’ll be able to see the colors in the clay start to swirl. If you make large swirling motions, the clay will grab the plate and the work surface and turn into a bi-cone shape. This is okay to achieve the swirls but to make it into a dish we need the clay to be lentil shaped. Make the circular motions smaller to turn the bi-cone shape into a lentil shape. The lentil shape should have a swirled pattern on both sides.
Decide which side of the lentil will be the inside of the dish and which side will be the outside of the dish. Press the inside choice to the side of a bowl form. Start in the middle with hand pressure to mount the bowl. Make sure the top edge of the clay bowl is touching all the way around the form. This little dish is really quite thick. I did not try to spread the clay out over the form. I just pushed the thick lentil shape onto the form leaving it quite thick. When the clay is securely mounted to the form, press the clay down on the work surface to give the bottom of the bowl a flat spot so that it will sit nicely. In this photo I’m showing that the edges are completely touching the form and that the bottom of the clay dish is flat.
Rest the form on the work surface with the clay dish facing up. Texture the outside of the bowl with a random small texture. I have a piece of rubber stair tread that I keep for this type of design but any random small texture will work. Even if you have a larger texture, you can make it more random by applying it in several layers overlapping itself. Bake the dish on the form following the baking instructions.
When the dish is completely cool, carefully work it off of the form. Sand the top edge of the dish on wet/dry sandpaper to make sure the edge is really even and smooth
Turn the dish over. Dry it off completely. Paint the edge of the dish with opaque gold acrylic paint. I dabbed the paint on with my fingertip so that it would go on thick and I had more control over placing the paint only on the edge.