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.
Mix the Poppy Seed and Igloo to a color just a little lighter than Souffle Concrete – about 4 parts Igloo to 1 part Poppy Seed. You can also just use Concrete if you wish!
Sheet out the clay on the second from widest setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine. Select your colors for the bracelet and start swiping them onto the clay, using your finger. I like to do a sweeping pattern, but you can experiment with whatever pattern you wish!
Cover the entire sheet of clay with color goodness!
Cut a small piece of paper to the width of your crimps and the length you want the longest piece of your bracelet. (I have one long piece that covers the top of my wrist and 2 short pieces on the side). Cut out as many pieces as you can from your sheet of clay, using the template
Pour a small amount of Black and Gold Liquid Sculpey into the plastic cups. Mix in a little clay softener if the LS is thick to make it the consistency of craft paints. Brush a little of the Black LS onto the ribbon, using the brush. Don’t glob it on, build it up and make sure that it is evenly covered. Check the back of the ribbon to make sure that the LS hasn't dripped onto the backside.
Place the ribbon, LS side down on a piece of the clay and press lightly. Remove the lace and repeat for the other pieces of clay.
Repeat the same process with a clean piece of ribbon and the Gold LS, starting with the first piece that you imprinted with the Black LS. Add the Gold in the fashion to the remaining clay pieces. Set the completed pieces aside for 30-45 minutes to allow the LS to kind of absorb into the Souffle. This will make the next step a little easier!
Place the empty soda can in the preheated oven for about 90 seconds to warm it. Gently lay the bracelet pieces onto the warmed can and press the ends to the can. NOTE: The cool thing about Souffle is that the little bit of LS we added to these pieces will almost “dry” on the clay in about 30 minutes, so you don’t really have to worry about smearing your design when you put them onto the can. BE CAREFUL preheating that can! Use an oven mitt! (Do as I say, not as I do..). Bake according to the directions above by setting the can into the preheated oven.
Once the clay has baked and cooled, if the pieces haven’t dropped off on their own, pop them off the can. Dip your varnish brush into water and then dip just the tip of the brush into the varnish. Lay the brush almost flat on the baked clay (allows the water and varnish to mix!) and brush across the entire surface. Use your finger to wipe off the excess – there will be no finger marks! Allow the pieces to dry.
Select your favorite piece for the center/top of the bracelet and LIGHTLY squeeze the crimps into place with the nylon jaw pliers (they don’t mar the metal of the crimps).
Trim the two side pieces to the approximate length you will need by standing them on their sides and using your blade. Add the crimps (light pressure again) . The side pieces usually tend to be shorter than the center piece for me because I like the center piece to cover the the length of of the top of my wrist. OF COURSE, you can make all 3 pieces the same length!
Use the jump rings to attach the links together and check for fit size. The great thing about Souffle is how easy it is to cut after baking. Use a craft blade (Exacto) to slide into a crimp and twist it to “spring” the crimp and remove it. Stand the clay link on the side and trim before replacing the crimp. Once the bracelet pieces are the correct length, FIRMLY crimp into place with the pliers. NOTE: I like to use double jump rings for extra security and I like the look of the double rings. NOTE: since the metal loops on the crimps are quite thin, it makes it easier for the jump rings to slide out, so consider either using double jump rings or split rings.
I use a Bronze metallic pen to color the sides of the baked clay. Then I start deciding what color combination of pastels and Souffle I want to try next!