Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. 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 dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
The baby jars come in various heights but the lids measure the same 1 7/8” round.Empty the contents of the jars and boil them to clean the inside of the jars. Set the glass bottom of the side and take your lids and rough up the lids with the sandpaper. This will help the clay adhere better to the metal lid.
Take half of the Alizarin Crimson clay and run through the clay conditioning machine on the #3 setting. Make sure it will cover the lid’s top and sides. Apply a coat of Sculpey Bake & Bond to the lid top and cover with piece of clay. Burnish with fingers, smoothing it out and removing any air bubbles. Use Super Slicer to remove excess clay from the bottom of the lid. Then take Super Slicer and cut an x on the top of lid. This will prevent air bubbles when baking. Set aside your lid.
Take half of the Dusty Rose clay and run through the clay conditioning machine on the #4 setting. Using a 2 ¼ scalloped cutter, cut out scalloped shape. Then take your 1 ¾ round cutter and cut the center out of scalloped shape. Remove the center so your left with a scalloped circle border.
Condition a piece of Dusty Rose, Blush and Pomegranate clay. We recommend starting with your lightest color first and clean your extruder tool between each color so the colors don’t mix together. Using your 1/16 disc, add your clay to the extruder and squeeze out a large enough piece: at least 12” for your spiral. (It’s best to make more and have extra, or in case your clay breaks you would have to go back re-clean your extruder.) Do this for the three clay colors.
Using the scalloped disk take the lightest color string, Dusty Rose, and start in the center and create a spiral. You can decide about how many times you can go around. Remember that you have to get your three colors of clay in the center of your cut out. We went around three times with the two light colors and two times with the last color. Once you have the spiral finished use an acrylic roller to lightly blend your spiral into the scalloped shape.
Take the lid and apply some Bake and Bond to the top and then lay your scalloped swirled design in the center of your lid. Using an acrylic roller, lightly burnish piece to the lid. (Don’t press too hard so that you flatten your spiral design)Use your fingers to press down the scalloped pieces. Then use a knife tool from the Sculpey clay tool starter set, and make a line from the center of your scalloped design to the edges, creating a pinwheel design. Don’t press down hard, just enough to make an indentation.
Use your needle end pointer and make two holes in the center of your lid. Take your wire cutters and a toothpick and cut off the ends and apply a little Bake & Bond and insert them into your lid.
Condition a piece of Pomegranate clay and roll it into a 1” ball. Then using your fingers sculpt into a heart shape. Press the heart bottom flat so it will sit on the lid. Take your needle end tool and make two holes on the bottom of heart so it can fit onto the toothpicks on your lid. Take a piece of the Dusty Rose clay and run through the clay conditioning machine on the #5 setting. Take a ¾ heart cutter and cut out a shape and stick it in the center of the large heart. Then take piece of the Alizarin Crimson clay and run through the clay conditioning machine on the #5 setting. Take a 1/4 heart cutter and cut out a shape and stick it in the center of your dusty rose heart. Apply more Bake and Bond to toothpick tips on your lid and slowly insert your heart on top of the lid.
Take a piece of clay approx ½ ball size of White & Dusty Rose. One at a time sculpt and mold with your fingers your birds. Pinch your fingers together to create a beak and curl up the end to make their tail feather. Use a clay knife and make three marks on the tail and a needle end tool to make eyes. Cut two pieces of a toothpick and add bake & bond to the ends and insert them on your heart. Then add more Bake & Bond to the tips and attach your birds. Take a small piece of the Blush clay and run through the clay conditioning machine on the #4 setting. Use a mini flower cutter to cut a flower and attach it to the white birds head. Cut three small pieces of the Red wire, add Bake & Bond and insert into the top of the pink bird
Place your finish piece on a ceramic tile and bake in your oven according to the directions above.
Once your piece has cooled you can add small paint embellishments to your piece. We use the tip of a toothpick to paint the eyes, eyebrows, dots around the hearts and little hearts on ever other scallop around the side of the lid. Paint a coat of matte varnish on your whole piece.
Happy Valentine’s DayFill your jar with your favorite candies or any small items. Use some ribbon or paper to wrap around the jars or to make a tag and add it to the glass part of the jar.**Reminder: Be careful when removing your lid design, do not hold/carry it by the birds or heart you should always open and close it holding it carefully along the sides of your lid.