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.
Pre-heat the wine glass in the oven at 275F for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the glass using oven mitts. Create a pattern of dots around the base of the wine glass by placing drops of Silver Liquid Sculpey® (LS) directly onto the warm glass. The heat from the glass will help the LS set up quickly so that it does not run. If the glass cools before you are done decorating it, you can re-heat it and add more dots while the glass is hot. When you are all done with the dots, bake the glass at 275F for 20 minutes to set them. When the glass is completely cool, add a thin layer of Clear LS all over the base with your fingertip so that the dots will be held in place by the Clear LS. Turn the temperature of your oven up to 325F and bake the glass again for 15 minutes. Clear LS will only turn clear if it is brought up to 325F.
Sheet 1/4 block of each of the Soufflé colors through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. Place pieces of silver leaf on each sheet of clay. Burnish the leaf flat with your fingertips and make sure there are no air bubbles between the leaf and the clay.
Roll the stack with the acrylic clay roller. Use enough pressure to thin the stack slightly and this will make the silver leaf crackle.
Fold the stack in half as shown.
Fold in half again in the other direction. The piece will be very thick now.
Compress the clay into a rectangular cube shape with your hands.
Cover the outside of the rectangular cube with pieces of silver leaf. This layer doesn’t have to be even. Press out air bubbles with your fingertips.
Cut the loaf into 3/8” thick chunks.
Slice each chunk in half and open them up like a book. You will immediately see how the two slices are a mirror image of each other
Press each set of mirror image slices together in the middle matching the patterns.
Cut half of each slice away on the right side and half away on the left side. Match the right side that was removed to the left side that was removed so that they match as well. Now you have two sets of mirror image pieces from the previous piece. Repeat this step with each of the chunks from Step 11.
Make sure the pieces are well attached to each other down the middle seam. Flatten each piece carefully first with the acrylic clay roller and then by pressing them through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. Make sure the seam down the middle is perpendicular to the pasta machine roller. If they are bulky, you can press them through the pasta machine again on the second thickest setting to thin them
Flatten several of the matched pieces. Each one will be different and unique
Using the largest Teardrop Cutter, cut a teardrop out of each slice making sure to line up the pattern right down the middle of the teardrop shape.
Pinch the point of each teardrop shape to make it more delicate and slightly curved. Turn a wine glass upside down and place the teardrops around the widest part of the glass with sides touching. Make sure the pieces follow the shape of the glass. Make sure the pieces attach to each other at the seams. The clay pieces will not bond with the glass but they can encapsulate the glass enough to stick onto it.
Bake the wine glass again following the baking instructions for Soufflé. When the glass is completely cool, paint a thin layer of Sculpey Glossy Glaze over the clay pieces so that the silver leaf will not tarnish over time.