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.
Roll out one each of the marked sections of each color of clay (about 1/3 of the block) and condition according to the directions in step one. Roll each clay into a snake that is about 4 inches long by 3/8 inch diameter and twist the snakes together as shown. Twist until the stripes are vertical.
Flatten the twist with your fingers and the acrylic roller, keeping the stripes as vertical as possible. The clay should be just a little wider than the widest setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine.
Run the twist through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the widest setting, taking care to keep the stripes as vertical as possible.
Fold the clay in half from the bottom to the top (keep the stripes vertical) and roll through the machine again with the fold first. You want to keep the stripes kind of matched, but a little off-center too to allow for some blending. You can see in the photo how the colors are creating some beautiful blended areas as well.
Repeat step 5. Now we can really see some nice blending happening! Cut the blended clay in half vertically now, and set aside one piece of the clay.
I cut my strip up into matchsticks (cutting horizontally across the stripes). The width of the cut pieces doesn’t have to exactly match. Then I laid the pieces onto a thinner sheet of Sea Glass to add more the of the Sea Glass color into the mix.
Put the strips of clay onto a small sheet of paper (Patty Paper) Now chop those matchsticks up into smaller pieces. Again, they do not have to be exactly the same. Once you have them chopped up, smoosh them together as shown.
Use the acrylic roller to first, press down the stack and then to smooth the stack out.
Now you can carefully run the sheet of clay through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the widest setting. The widest setting was a perfect thickness for my inset area of my knobs, so I didn’t need to make the layers any thinner. IF you need to make yours thinner for your hardware, go down one setting at a time on the Clay Conditioning Machine.
Hopefully one of the circle cutters will be a perfect size for your knob like mine were! Cut out two pieces if you can before you repeat steps 6-10 above with the piece of clay that you had set aside in Step 5.
Here are the four pieces that I cut out of the two pieces that I started with. You can also press the scrap together and reroll them and cut more pieces as well!
This is one of my favorite tips – Use a clay blade to gently trim the back at an angle. This will create a slightly smaller back than the front, so that the clay will easily slip into the bezel of the knob, but perfectly fill the top.
Flip the knob over and press gently against a sheet of clean paper. Slide your clay blade along the top edge of the bezel to remove any excess clay and bake according to the directions in Step 1 above. After the clay has baked and cooled, pop it out of the knob and glue it back into place.