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.
Condition and roll out each block of Sedona one the widest setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine (Pasta machine) or roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Make sure that it is wide enough to fit your cutter (or small dish inverted to use rim).
Cut out your circle. I like to put a small board over my cutter and then press firmly down on the board to get a clean, even cut.
Touch your finger into the LID of the Pearl Ex jar and wipe across the stamp. Repeat until you have built a nice layer of Pearl Ex on the stamp.
Repeat this with the other two stamps.
I put my three stamps together and gently placed them onto the clay.
NOTE: If you stamps are too long for your circle, you can tear an uneven line across a piece of paper and put that between the stamp and the clay so that it doesn’t impress the entire length of the stem for you.
Once more, I placed my small block of wood on top of the stamps and GENTLY pressed down to emboss the images into the clay.
Use a small piece of tape to help remove any excess Pearl Ex from areas you don’t want it. I also used it to lightly rub out any lines that showed from the edges of my stamps.
Use the small ball tool from the Dual Ended Tools to lightly texture across the surface. I even used my fingernails and a piece of rough sandpaper in some areas!
Pinch the edges of the clay and gently roll them up using your fingers as shown. The goal is to have a “rustic” look to the edge and not a perfect edge.
NOTE: See that strip of clay in the background? I decided that I need to cut some clay from one edge to help even out my stamp in the center, so I used one edge of the round cutter to do so!
Once again, dip your finger into the lid of the Pearl Ex jar and build a lovely golden edge along the rim of your dish.
Bake the bowl according to the directions above in Step 1.
Here is a look at my final dish. I put a little bit of the Sculpey Satin Glaze on my fingertip and gently rubbed it along that Pearl Ex edge of the bowl to help seal the Pearl Ex in that area. You can also opt to apply a light coat to the entire dish with a small soft brush.
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