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.
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 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.
Begin by making enough candy sticks for the entire project of two (2) votives, two (2) napkin rings, and two (2) place card holders. Section all of your Soufflé into four sticks as the blocks are marked. Set one stick aside for each color. From the remaining three (3) sticks make two (2) fat logs of each color as shown. Set the fat logs aside for now
Next make the stripe snakes. From the remaining one (1) stick of each color, divide each stick into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces. From the 2/3 size piece, roll a long rope 3/16” wide and flatten it by pressing through the clay conditioning machine on the third thickest setting or by hand rolling it with the acrylic roller. Roll the 1/3 size piece into a long thin rope about 1/16” thick. Do this for each of the three colors so you have a long flat rope and a long skinny rope of each color as shown.
Take each of the fat logs you made in Step 1 and press pieces of the stripe ropes along the sides. I made each one of mine a unique stripe pattern. With the left over clay, I gathered each color up to itself and made short logs to form the seventh three colored log at the bottom of the photo.
Roll each log gently to stick the stripes on well and to start making it thinner. When the log gets to be about 1/2” thick, you can start twisting it to make the stripes spin.
Keep rolling and twisting each log until it is about 3/16” thick.
For the votives, you will need approximately 21 pieces. I cut my pieces into sections that are 1” long, 1.25” long, and 1.5” long as shown. I made very blunt cuts trimming off the rounded ends so that the clay looks like candy sticks.
Begin randomly placing the sticks around the outside of the glass votive as shown.
Finish putting the candy sticks all the way around the votive in a random pattern. Use gentle pressure to make sure the candy sticks are sticking to each other well but do not distort their shape. You should have plenty of candy sticks to make two (2) of these votives if you wish. The votives are ready to bake with the glass in place following the baking directions above.
Next make the napkin rings. I used my 1” circle cutter as the form for my napkin holder. I took the end scraps from Step 7 and made a thin band of clay. Place the thin band around the circle cutter. This will provide a piece of clay to hold all the sticks together once the metal cutter is removed.
Cut approximately 13 candy sticks like you did in Step 6 and place them around the cutter centered over the clay band. I avoided pressing the sticks to the metal cutter itself and focused on pressing the sticks to the clay band. Also make sure the sticks are securing to each other without distorting their shape. The napkin ring is ready to bake following the baking directions. When the piece is completely cool, gently remove it from the metal cutter. You should have enough candy sticks to make two (2) napkin rings.
For the place card holder, I used two (2) 1.25” sticks and one (1) 1.5” stick as shown. Press the sticks together sides touching without distorting their shape.
Make name cards from index cards or card stock. Gently press the card half way down into the candy sticks at a slight angle. Carefully remove the card for baking following the baking instructions. You should have enough clay sticks to make at least two (2) name cards.
When all the pieces are baked and cool, insert tea lights, napkins, name cards, and set your table for your festive holiday time.