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.
Roll Light Pink Premo™ to a 1/8” thick sheet. I made my sheet as large as the texture mat so I would have a large area of textured clay to choose from. This is 1/2 bar of the clay.
To make a deep texture, first use heavy hand pressure to make the texture sheet bite into the clay.
Being careful not to move the texture sheet, roll over it with heavy pressure using the roller to impress the entire sheet
Carefully peel back the texture sheet.
Line up the cutter on the clay so that there will be a similar pattern on each cut piece.
Cut two scalloped shapes.
Line up the clay pieces to the findings to make sure the clay shape is open enough to swing freely around the brass findings once cured. Make any adjustments necessary in the raw clay.
NOTE: the original brass findings had 7 hanging tassels. I removed the two longest ones to make my finished design more delicate. I used flat nose pliers to open and close the big jump ring to easily remove the largest dangles.
Add mica powder highlights to the raised surface of the texture. Dip a fingertip into the mica powder and then swirl your fingertip in the cap of the mica powder container to release excess powder.
Highlight the raised areas by carefully dragging your fingertip over the surface. Repeat as much as needed to cover all the raised areas.
Place the raw clay pieces over the findings to make sure once again that they lay nicely around and over the findings.
Where the top corners of the clay come into close contact with the large jump ring, poke a hole on each side so that you can connect the clay to the ring after curing. br> Bake the clay pieces draped over the metal findings following the baking instructions for Sculpey Premo™. Allow to cool completely before handling.
Assemble as shown. Use flat nose pliers to open and close jump rings connecting the clay pieces to the large brass rings. Use flat nose pliers to attach the ear wires.
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