Getting Started: br>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. br>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. br>Baking: br>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.
Instructions-Purple Flowers:Mix one (1) stick Royalty and one (1) stick Igloo together to make Light Royalty. Sheet Light Royalty through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Cut out five (5) 1.25” circles. Hold each circle in the palm of your hand. Press hard all around the edges in a rolling motion with the largest ball tool to curl the edges.
Instructions-Purple Flowers:Arrange the five (5) petals touching in the middle and overlapping each other as shown.
Instructions-Purple Flowers:For the center of the flower, sheet Royalty through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Cut out a 1” circle. Thin the edge with the largest ball tool like you did for the petals. Place the Royalty circle in the middle of the petals and make a divot in the center with the largest ball tool setting it into place.
Instructions-Purple Flowers:Mix a stick of Canary and a stick of Igloo together to make Light Canary. Make several Light Canary pearls and set them in place in the center of the flower with the medium Etch ’n Pearl. Repeat this process making as many purple flowers as you would like for your sign. I made four (4) for mine.
Instructions-Pink Flowers:Sheet Guava through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Cut out six (6) of the second smallest teardrop shapes. Hold a petal in the palm of your hand and roll the large ball tool over it to shape it.
Instructions-Pink Flowers:Pinch the small end to a point.
Repeat with each of the petals and then arrange them with the points touching in the center to make a flower.
Instructions-Pink Flowers:Sheet Igloo through the clay conditioning machine to the third thickest setting. Cut out six (6) of the smallest teardrop shapes from the Igloo. Form the tip of each white petal around the tip of the small pointed shaper and press one on each of the Guava petals as shown
Instructions-Pink Flowers:Shape a Light Canary ball and place it in the middle of the flower. Flatten the ball with the large ball tool. Make a smaller Pistachio ball and put it in the middle of the Light Canary center. Impress the center with the large ball tool. Use the medium ball tool to push the sides inward on the Light Canary center.
Repeat making as many pink flowers as you’d like, I made four (4) for my sign.
Instructions-Blue Flowers:Sheet Robin’s Egg through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Cut out five (5) of the smallest circles. Roll the center of each petal with the large ball too to shape it. Position the petals in a circle as shown.
Instructions-Blue Flowers:Make an Igloo ball and place it in the middle of the petals. Flatten it with the large ball tool. Make a Guava ball and place it in the center on top of the white. Stipple the Guava center with the small ball tool.
Repeat making as many blue flowers as you’d like. I made a total of five (5) blue flowers for my sign.
Instructions-Leaves:Sheet Jade through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Cut out leaves using the second largest teardrop shape. Hold the leaf in the palm of your hand and shape it with the large ball tool.
Make several leaves to fill in around your flowers. Make several smaller leaves out of Pistachio using the smallest teardrop shape.
Instructions-Putting the sign together:I made a practice phrase on tracing paper. Then I laid it out on the board. I placed my flowers around the words in groups to see how it looked.
When I had the flowers arranged in a way that I liked, I connected the flowers to each other using the large ball tool applying pressure in the divots. Then I baked the flowers in groupings.
I drew very light straight lines using a ruler and pencil to give myself a baseline for the words. I put little marks on each baseline to indicate where I should start and stop each word. Then I painted each letter using white acrylic paint.
I kept a baby wipe and a paper towel on hand so that I could clean and dry the stencil between each letter. This was a slow process but very much worth it to take my time and make sure the stencil was clean and that each freshly painted letter was dry before proceeding. Once the white lettering was completely done, I painted another layer of letters in purple over the top. I lined up the stencil to the white letter, then shifted the stencil down 1/8” and to the right 1/8”. Then I painted the purple on top so that the white became the shadow. After all the lettering was complete and dry, I carefully glued the flowers in place.
If your sign will be hanging outside, you might consider sealing the wood with a clear polyurethane finish so that it will not “silver” over time. The polymer will last a long time outside if it is placed in a spot that doesn’t get direct sunlight or direct weather elements.