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Liquid Sculpey® Cabochon Coaster

Liquid Sculpey® Cabochon Coaster

Designed by Amy Koranek
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Add a burst of color to your living room with these great coasters or give them as a hostess gift at the next dinner party!TIME TO COMPLETE: 2 Hours to make and bake (bakes several times)
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  • Paper towel
  • 4” Round silicone coaster mold
  • Multi sized silicone cabochon mold
  • Small sharp scissors
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Project Instructions

Step 1

    Getting Started with Liquid Sculpey®:
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 Liquid Polymer Clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately. - Stir Liquid Sculpey® completely. Thin with Sculpey® Liquid Clay Softener as needed - Wash hands after use (we have found that baby wipes work best)

  • It is important to use oven thermometer when you bake the liquids so that you can ensure your oven is at the correct temperature.
  • Do not microwave the liquids. They must be baked in a Preheated oven at 275 ºF (130 ºC) for liquid colors and 300 ºF (149 ºC) for Clear – Do not exceed baking temperatures.
  • If your piece is less than 1/4” bake for 15 minutes. For thicker pieces that are 1/4” or above bake for 30 minutes.
  • If your liquid project has become yellowed or discolored in the oven, when you remake it, tent it by placing either – folding an index card in half and placing your project under it by using aluminum foil over your project.

Here’s a tip for baking perfectly in silicone molds. Dampen a dish towel with water and wring out as much of the water as you can. Fold the damp towel so that the molds can sit level on top of it. The damp towel will slow down the curing process so that the LS will cure evenly throughout and avoid warping.

Step 2

Fill the rim of the coaster mold to level at the point where the rim meets the flat surface with Fuchsia Liquid Sculpey® (LS).
Tap the mold on the work surface to release air bubbles.
photo shows filled rim

Step 3

To make sure the corner edges of the rim are bubble free, I like to insert the Needle Tool and run it around both the inside edge and the outside edge.
Clean the Needle Tool with paper towel.
Tap the mold on the work surface to release air bubbles.
photo shows as described

Step 4

Add a pool of Pearl LS to the center of the coaster mold just to the point where it touches the Fuchsia LS. It’s okay if the two colors blur a bit where they meet because this is the bottom of the coaster.

Designer’s Note – There is a great tip for baking with LS in molds in Step 1 above!

Bake the coaster mold following the baking instructions for Liquid Sculpey®.
Allow to cool completely before flexing the mold to release the baked coaster.
photo shows filled mold

Step 5

Fill the Cabochon mold completely with Fuchsia LS.
Tap the mold on the work surface to release air bubbles.
Bake the mold following the baking instructions for Liquid Sculpey®. You can bake this at the same time as the coaster if desired.
photo shows filled cabochon mold

Step 6

Allow the mold to cool completely before flexing to remove the baked pieces.
Repeat Steps 5-6 by filling the Cabochon mold with Blue LS and baking.
Repeat Steps 5-6 by filling the Cabochon mold with Translucent Turquoise LS and baking.
You may wish to repeat these steps again with all the bright colors so that you have lots of baked cabochons to fill the coaster with.
photo shows baked cabochons

Step 7

After removing the coaster from the mold, you may notice rough edges of baked LS along the edge. Carefully trim these away with sharp scissors.
photo shows trimming edges

Step 8

Lay the baked coaster right side up on the work surface.
Add a thin layer of Pearl LS to the top side of the coaster center.
Feel free to move the Pearl LS with your fingertips all the way to the rim.
photo shows adding Pearl layer

Step 9

Add the largest baked cabochons to the design first.
photo shows as described

Step 10

My largest cabochons were much thicker than my smaller ones. I baked my coaster at this point to cure the first level so that I could add more Pearl LS to hold the smaller cabochons up level with the larger ones.
Allow the coaster to cool completely after each baking.
photo shows as described

Step 11

Add more Pearl LS to the background between the larger cabochons.
Add the smaller baked cabochons to the areas in between the larger cabochons.
photo shows as described

Step 12

Bake again following the baking instructions for Liquid Sculpey® and allow to cool completely before handling.
photo shows baked coaster