Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay 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 ¼" (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.
Measure your frame and decide how your clay will be positioned on the frame. Make paper templates to represent the areas that you want to cover on the frame. On my frame the pink paper represents areas where the Turnip color will be positioned and the green paper represents areas where the Pistachio color will be positioned.
Place Bake ’N Bond on the frame and spread it with a craft spatula.
Spread the Bake ’N Bond all over the frame but only on areas that will be covered with the solid polymer colors.
Sheet Turnip through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Spritz the clay lightly with water to act as a release between the clay and the texture sheet. Position the graphic flower texture sheet (or texture of your choice) texture side down on the clay sheet.
Using hand pressure, emboss the texture in to the clay as deeply as possible.
Sheet Pistachio through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Spritz the clay lightly with water to act as a release between the clay and the texture sheet. Position the snakeskin texture sheet (or texture of your choice) texture side down on the clay sheet. Lift one corner of the sheet to make sure the texture is deep enough. A deeper texture will hold more paint in later steps.
Blot excess water from the surface of the textured clays with paper towel. Position a template on the Turnip sheet. Cut out the shape using a straight blade.
Place the clay shape on the frame. The Bake ’N Bond will hold the clay to the frame. Tap the clay piece gently all over to make sure it is seated well in the Bake ’N Bond and that no air bubbles are trapped. Repeat cutting and placing the other Turnip piece(s) as you wish.
Repeat cutting out all the Pistachio pieces.
Position the Pistachio pieces on the frame. Trim if necessary. Use your hand to make sure all the pieces are well seated on the frame with no air bubbles between the clay and the frame.
Sheet Latte through the clay conditioning machine on the #3 setting. Make textured strips in the Latte with the Wrought Iron texture wheel or another texture of your choice.
Sheet Cowboy through the clay conditioning machine on the #3 setting. Make textured strips in the Cowboy with the Greek Key texture wheel or another texture of your choice.
Cut out the strips by lining up the straight blade along the edges of the textured patterns.
Position Cowboy textured strips on the horizontal seams over the Turnip and Pistachio on the frame. Trim as needed.
Position Latte textured strips on the vertical seams over the Turnip and Pistachio on the frame. Trim as needed.
Squirt a small amount of gold acrylic paint on one of the textured Turnip areas.
Smear the gold paint around with your finger moving the paint into the recessed areas and creating a swirling pattern on the raised surfaces. Continue swirling the paint until you are happy with the results. You can blot excess paint from the surface with a paper towel. Apply gold paint in the same manner on all the Turnip and Pistachio areas.
Apply a small amount of silver paint on the Cowboy areas. Repeat the process of smearing the paint into the recessed areas and swirling it on the raised surfaces.
Repeat with silver paint on the Latte strips too.
Lay a length of ball chain along the edge of the Latte strips. Trim the ball chain with wire cutters. Use the flat side of the straight blade to push the ball chain and embed it into the clay.
Embed ball chain along both sides of all the narrow strips.
Make sure all the paint is dry before baking the frame. Bake the entire frame as directed above.