Slab building is easy and fun and creates a large landscape of beautifully patterned clay for use in lots of designs. Use cutters to divide the slab into smaller shapes for an endless array of earring styles. In this tutorial you will see how to create six unique pairs of earrings, but the possibilities are endless!
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.
Sheet 1/4 bar of Igloo into a thin sheet 1/8” thick. Make sure the Igloo piece is large enough to accommodate two large half circles and two small half donuts. Roll very thin snakes of Bluestone and make random curved lines across the sheet for the background. Press the thin lines down flattening them slightly.
Make petal shapes in Cherry Pie and in Cinnamon and arrange these in clusters on top of the background lines.
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