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 30 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.
For the Mokume Gane pattern we will create a simple slab of just two colors. Make two parts of Ice Blue Pearl and one part of Cabernet which are equal in size and thickness. These pieces are about 2” square and 1/8” thick.
Stack as shown with the two pieces of Ice Blue stacked together and the Cabernet on top.
Roll over the stack with the Acrylic Clay Roller to flatten it and extend it to a rectangle that is double the length of the original square.
Cut the sheet in half.
Stack the pieces again lining the straight edges up.
Roll over the slab again, once again doubling its length so it’s rectangular again. Sample the size of the rectangle to make sure you can eventually cut two of the large oval shapes out of it.
Roll the clay with the Clay Roller to stick it to the work surface. This way it will stay in place as we work the design into it.
Impress the large oval shape directly into the center, going almost all the way through the clay. If you accidentally remove the shape from the clay sheet just put it back in place.
cutter embossed in center of slab
Impress the design two more times on either side of the original impression to create a repeating overlapping pattern.
Roll over the cut pattern with the Clay Roller to heal it. The lines should be barely visible.
Use a Clay Blade to shave the top layer of clay away in small sections.
Keep shaving in small sections to reveal the entire pattern. Roll the pattern lightly to smooth the surface.
Cut out two oval shapes from the patterned clay.
Sheet 1/8 bar Ice Blue to a 1/8” thick sheet and cut out two teardrops. Line up the clay pieces as they will be connected for earrings. Poke holes in the pieces as shown so they can be assembled after baking. Bake the pieces following the baking instructions for Sculpey Premo™. Allow to cool completely before handling.
Lay out the parts for the earring assembly.
Use flat nose pliers to open and close jump rings assembling the pieces as shown.
Glue ear posts to the backs and allow glue to dry completely.
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