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.
Sheet one bar of Spring Green to 1/8” thick in a rectangular shape.
Check to see if the sheet will fully wrap your votive. If you have a lot of extra you can trim it away and save it.
Lay the trimmed sheet flat on the work surface. Measure and score a 1/2” grid in the clay. Use the Clay Blade to make very light score lines.
Roll White into very thin ropes. Press pieces of the rope on top of the grid to make thin vertical stripes.
Repeat to make thin horizontal stripes.
Roll over the sheet with the Clay Roller to flatten the lines.
Cut a straight edge in one of the short ends of the clay sheet. Line up the straight edge on the side of the votive.
Completely wrap the votive with the clay. Where clay meets clay, cut a straight edge and butt the two straight ends together - do not overlap the seam. Carefully smooth the seam with your fingertips.
Trim the excess clay along the top and bottom edges. Smooth the edges with your fingertips. Bake the votive following the baking instructions for Sculpey SIII®. Allow to cool completely before handling.
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