Getting StartedPolymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Condition each color of clay to form a rectangular piece approximately 4 by 6 inches on a medium setting.
Use a light color of clay for your silk screen, pick either gold or silver paint (included in kit) and follow directions in your kit.Recommend that you have the shiny side of the screen face down next to the clay and always have a basin of water to put the screen in immediately after using.
While the clay silk screen is drying, use your texture sheets to pattern the remaining colors. I recommend a full sheet with lots of pattern. Here I would also recommend two different texture sheets if available.
Cut each sheet in half so that you have 6 pieces about 2 by 3 inches. They do not have to be exact! Put one piece of each color aside to use for the back of your pieces.
Stack the remaining three pieces gently one on top of the other. I put the silk screen sheet on top. If the clay seems soft or warm you can put them in the refrigerator for a few minutes or use a very small amount of water as a release. I have not had any trouble with the sheets sticking to each other.
You are going to make two cuts through the three sheets. Use the flexible blade or a straight blade (if you prefer) for the cuts. Refer to picture.
Reassemble your nine pieces to make three new pieces, each using all three colors.
Decide on a shape for each of your pieces and put the cutter to include as much or little of a color as you like. I prefer either a round, oval or square cutter as they show all your colors. A diamond or teardrop shape is much harder to include all 3 colors.
Take the three sheets you have set aside ( 2 by 3) and cut a back for each of your pieces. They all have either a pattern or a silk screen so your back is finished.
The pieces are ready to bake. I would smooth around the outside of the piece. If you would like to add black or any other embellishments to the piece you can do so before baking. You will have enough scraps to make earrings. You have finished three pieces at once!