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.
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 30 minutes per 1/4" (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.
Mix Blue and White (this is base layer) just enough to have patches of White (like clouds) roll through Clay Conditioning Machine on the widest setting. Apply to switchplate, press on with fingers all over surface and edges trim off excess clay. Use Acrylic Roller to smooth surface. Use Knife from 5-in-1 Tool Set to trim out hole and use screws to poke out screw holes.
Roll Gold color through Clay Conditioning Machine on setting #2 (second thickest) and cut out a 1 1/2"x 3 1/2 " rectangle, apply and press on at bottom of plate for the brick ground, trim off excess around edges. Roll 1/4" diameter snake of Gold color, about 8-10" long for the arched window, flatten somewhat. Use Knife from 5-in-1 Tool Set to draw in bricks. Use toothpick or Knife to create diagonal lines for the window.
For the stones roll out different size and shaped balls of Gold color and apply around outside of window arch. Remember the balls will double in size when pressing them somewhat flat, Use Shaping Tool from 5-in-1 Tool Set and fingertip to close gaps between the stones.
Use a toothpick and stamp on stones to create a stone like texture. Use a tool to redefine edges of stones. Trim edge of switch plate.
Using Stringbean, roll out about 4 - 1/32” diameter coils about 4” long. Arrange the coils around archway and press onto stones, these are the grapevine trestles.
Roll out a 1/4" diameter snake flatten one edge and let rest for about 10 min, then slice 1mm thick or thinner slices with clay blade. These are the leaves, use toothpick to pick up at broad end and apply around vines. Use Exacto knife to texture in leaf veins.
Mix Purple and Stringbean to create 3 different hues of Purplish Green color and roll out a lot of 1/32” to 1/16” balls for grapes. Gently press grapes on in bunches around various places of the vines, add more leaves to tops of grape bunches, texture leaves with knife or toothpick.
I use mixed green and purple pieces for wine bottle, shape into small wine bottles and press onto switchplate, use fingers to create bottle shape, again the size will double when pressing onto switchplate, so make them half the size you want them to be.
Next cut out small flat squares of assorted scrapes for labels of wine bottles, apply and texture labels with knife. Use tools to create top of wine bottle and find tiny pieces of yellowish scraps for the wine bottle corks.
Look over and inspect your project closely, smooth out any unwanted finger prints or bumps, be sure edges are trimmed.Bake in 275 °F degree oven for 30 minutes. Cool completely before handling and installing to wall.