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Sculpey Premo™ Forest Green Palm Leaf Dish

Designed by Gretchen Amberg

Starting at $2.79

Create a wonderful design element for your home that is as functional as it is beautiful!  Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you will get tons of compliments on your new “plant”!

 

TIME TO COMPLETION: 60 minutes

Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name Qty
Sculpey Premo™ Forest Green 2 oz
$2.79
Out of stock
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine
$39.99
Out of stock
Sculpey® Satin Glaze 1 oz
$5.99
  • Craft Knife
  • Composite Gold Leaf
  • Small Tweezers
  • Oil Base Paint Marker in Gold
  • Round Baking Dish with a Flat Bottom (for curving the edges of the palm leaf)
  • 400 Grit Wet/Dry Sandpaper – Optional
  • Small Paintbrush
  • Medium Paintbrush
  • Small Ceramic Tile

Additional Resources

    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:
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.
Condition both blocks of Forest Green clay and roll out a sheet of clay on the widest setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine.

Cut out the palm leaf paper template, including the small gaps. Place the paper palm leaf template onto the surface of the sheet of clay. Use the craft knife to trim around the outside of the palm leaf and in the small gaps. Remove the excess clay and the paper template.

If trying to choose between several options of bowls or dishes to use to create the curve of your dish use the cut piece of clay to run trials. Place the clay piece into a dish and very lightly press into the bottom of the dish so you can see how much of a curve on the edges of the palm leaf and also how much is flat so you have a stable base. If a chosen dish does not yield the desired flat base and curved edges remove the clay from the dish and try another option.

Once you have established which bowl or dish will work best your palm leaf, lay the cut piece of clay onto a sheet of plain copy paper. Pick up one sheet of the gold composite leaf and begin tearing off small pieces. Use the small tweezers to add the pieces of gold leaf to the surface of the clay.

Use your fingertip to smooth the pieces of gold leaf onto the surface of the clay.

Continue adding small pieces of gold leaf and smoothing them into place until you have the desired amount of gold leaf on the surface of the clay.

Once you are satisfied with your design, place the palm leaf into the bottom of the chosen bowl/dish and press into the bottom and against the sides of the bowl/dish. Bake according to the directions in Step 1 above.

Hold both the baked palm leaf and wet/dry sandpaper under cool running water and gently sand the outside edge and in the gaps of the leaf. Note: Although this step is optional sanding the edges will make it easier to add the gold paint to the edges.

Per the paint marker manufacturer’s instructions prep the gold paint marker. Carefully add gold paint to the outside edge of the palm leaf. Let the paint dry per the paint pen manufacturer’s instructions. Note: Letting the paint dry between painting the outside edge and the gaps will help keep the paint from transferring onto your hands and ending up on the surface of the palm leaf.

Some of the gaps in the palm leaf design may be too difficult to reach with the tip of the paint marker. After you have added the paint into as much of the small gaps you are able use a paint brush to get into the remaining small areas. To get paint from the marker press the tip into the surface of the small ceramic tile and hold in place until paint flows onto the tile. Dip the tip of the small paintbrush into the paint and carefully paint the small gaps. Let the paint dry per the paint pen manufacturer’s instructions.

If gold paint has bled onto the surface of the leaf use the wet/dry sandpaper to carefully sand the paint off the surface.

Once the paint on the edges of the palm leaf is dried completely use the medium paintbrush to coat the surface of the palm leaf with Sculpey Satin Glaze.

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