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Sculpey III® Upcycled Tin Box

Designed by Amy Koranek
Upcycle a small tin candy box with a fabulous marbled clay finish for the lid!

60 Minutes to make and bake
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Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name Qty
Sculpey III® White 2 oz
Sculpey III® Teal Pearl 2 oz
Sculpey III® Pink Glitter 2 oz
Sculpey III® Black Glitter 2 oz
Sculpey Tools™ 8-Inch Acrylic Clay Roller
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
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  • Composite silver leaf
  • Glossy acrylic paint in a coordinating color
  • Paintbrush
  • Clean and empty mint tin

Project Instructions

    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® Oven-Safe Work 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 (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure 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 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking/curing; however please note that the baking/curing 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.
First prepare the empty mint tin by painting the lid. You will probably need at least two coats of paint especially around the edges where the lid will show. Allow the paint to dry completely while preparing the clay.
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Condition 1/8 bar of each White, Pink Glitter, and Teal Pearl, and a small amount of Black Glitter.
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Bundle the colors together.
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Marble the colors by kneading and twisting.
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Roll the ball of clay in composite silver leaf.
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Flatten the clay out with the roller to a rectangle about 1/8” thick. Make sure the clay is large enough to cover the top of the box.
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Press the clay sheet to the top of the box. The dry paint will act as an adhesive for the clay. Roll over the clay with the roller to make a smooth finish and press out air bubbles.
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Trim excess clay from around the edges with a clay blade
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Bake the box with the clay together following the baking instructions for Sculpey III. Allow to cool completely before handling.
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