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.LIQUID
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 Liquid Polymer Clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately. - Stir Liquid Sculpey® completely. Thin with Sculpey® Liquid Clay Softener as needed - Wash hands after use (we have found that baby wipes work best)
•It is important to use oven thermometer when you bake the liquids so that you can ensure your oven is at the correct temperature.•Do not microwave the liquids. They must be baked in a Preheated oven at 275 ºF (130 ºC) for liquid colors and 300 ºF (149 ºC) for Clear – Do not exceed baking temperatures.•If your piece is less than 1/4” bake for 15 minutes. For thicker pieces that are 1/4” or above bake for 30 minutes. •If your liquid project has become yellowed or discolored in the oven, when you remake it, tent it by placing either – folding an index card in half and placing your project under it or by using aluminum foil over your project.
Loosely chop about 1/2 block each of the Soufflé Sea Glass and Cowboy. Mix the two sets of color chunks together.
Roll the chunks together with the acrylic roller.
Lightly spray the selected keyhole mold firmly press the piece of mixed clay into the mold. Use the clay roller to help press it in.
Use the blade supplied in the Sculpey Essential Tool set to gently trim the excess clay by slicing along the top of the mold from the middle of the design to each edge. NOTE: You can add thin pieces you sliced off to any part of the clay still in the mold that may have got sliced a little too much or use the blade to slice a little more clay if needed.
Remove the clay from the mold and admire your handiwork!
Repeat the steps above to create the second keyhole. Make three of the keyholes. Bake them according to the directions above. NOTE: if you want to add a steampunk gear to the key hole pictured here, you can make the slit for the brad to go through before baking.
Fill the key molds with your selected Liquid Sculpey (LS) colors. NOTE: I mixed the Black and Gold to create a Bronze-ish color. You can mix the colors together in a small plastic cup or a small silicone cup and then pour into the mold. I added a little more gold to the mix while it was in the mold. Make several color keys and bake the molds according to the package directions.
While the keys are baking, begin the (fun!) surface work on the baked key holes. I started with the Bronze Metallique Wax and highlighted with the Firebird. I used a cosmetic sponge and just gradually built up the detail that I wanted highlighted. Set the finished pieces aside to dry.
Repeat this process for the keys. (NOTE: I elected to use the Sculpey Liquid Griege Granite as well because I LOVE that color)
I also added some Dark grey acrylic paint to some of the keys to “dirty them up” a little more.
Add the steampunk gears to the pieces you want to using the small metal brads.
Use a clean cosmetic sponge to lightly brush the Bronze Metallique Wax along the edges of the journal, building depth of color with repeated strokes. I focused on the edges, but added a few edge strokes of the sponge throughout the center of the cover.
Layout your pieces I elected to add a small bit of chain through the bottom of the ART metal label and place it behind a couple of the keys.
Glue your pieces in place and enjoy the journal!
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