Step 1. Getting Started:
Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 degrees F (130 degrees C) for 15 minutes per ¼” (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use and oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be done by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 degrees F (130 degrees C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
From an entire block of Cherry Pie, roll a thick log. Lay two tiny ropes of each of the other colors around the outside of the log. Roll the log gently to stick the ropes on.
Roll and twist the log to make stripes.
Fold the twist in half and then in half again. Folding the log will help multiply the stripes.
Continue rolling, twisting, and folding until you like how many stripes you have.
Once you are happy with the stripes only roll the log into a short fat shape.
Using the Super Slicer, carefully cut the log in half lengthwise. This will make it so you can utilize the beautiful stripes on all sides of the log.
Flatten each half of the log through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.
Drag the Design Comb across the stripes holding the comb at a 45 degree angle. This action will drag a pattern through the stripes. It’s okay if it makes shallow grooves in the clay.
Press the striped clay sheets through the pasta machine on the second thickest setting and again on the third thickest setting.
Sheet Grape through the pasta machine on the thickest setting and then again on the second thickest setting. Cut small hexagons out of the striped sheets and place them on the Grape sheet as shown. Turn the hexagons as you position them so the stripes will go in different directions.
Add partial pieces to the top to help make the top of the heart lobes.
Beginning at the bottom point, cut straight edges all the way up to the widest points of the heart.
Finally cut out the lobes at the top of the heart.
Bake the clay heart following the baking instructions. While the heart is baking, make the quote for your sign. Lay smooth glass over the printed quote that you want to use. Trace the quote with White Liquid Sculpey. Bake the quote following the baking instructions to set it.
Place all the clay elements on the board to see how they fit. If you like you can paint the board in a coordinating color.
When the paint is completely dry, glue the clay elements on with white craft glue and allow to dry completely before hanging.