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. Baking: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.
Sheet entire blocks of Just Orange and Blue through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Sheet the entire block of White through the clay conditioning machine on the third or fourth thickest setting so that the White sheet is twice as large as the color sheets. Cut the White sheet in half. Stack the colors as shown - Just Orange, White, Blue, White.
Press the stacked sheet through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Cut the stack in half and stack again so you have a double layer. [
Press the stacked sheet through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting again. Cut the stack in half.
Layer one half on top of the other. Cut the stack into four equal sections.
Place the sections on top of each other in a pile.
Use hand pressure to push the pile together on all six sides, forming it into a compact loaf with smooth sides.
Stand the loaf in front of you, stripes perpendicular to the work surface. Slice down through the loaf with the wave blade parallel to the stripes. Make your slice at least 1/8” thick. Your slice will have a magnificent wave pattern of colors.
Make several slices through the loaf. Press each slice through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting to elongate the slice and to take the ripples out.
9.Smear a thin layer of white craft glue on the part of the tongs that will be covered with clay. In this example, I’m just covering the handles with clay. Allow the glue to dry completely. This will make a tacky surface for your clay to stick to. Take a sheet of wavy clay and cut a straight edge on one side. Line this straight side up to the end of the handle. My handles have a little bevel where the wood meets the metal, so I’ve left a little extra clay at the bevel so I can bend it over later.
Carefully wrap the sheet around the handle and trim it where it meets itself. Smooth the seam with your fingers. Add the next sheet making sure to always trim straight edges where the sheets meet each other
Once the handle is covered, go back and bend the excess clay around the bevel of the handle and trim.
Lay paper over the clay areas and rub back and forth with finger pressure to take out fingerprints and smooth the seams together. Do this on each side of the handle.
If you wish you can bake the handle to set it before covering the second handle. Cover the second handle and bake following the baking instructions. The BBQ expert in your home is gonna be the coolest on the block!