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Sculpey Soufflé™ Tropical Trinket Tray

Sculpey Soufflé™ Tropical Trinket Tray

Designed by syndee holt
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I love little serving and trinket trays! Polymer clay is water proof, so these are great little additions under my houseplant pots as well. This unique combination of Soufflé™ clay colors and clever surface treatments really makes this simple tray a standout.TIME TO COMPLETION: 45 minutes to make, 30 minutes to bake
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  • Silkscreen in your favorite pattern- mine is a leaf fromMoiko. Make sure that it is at least the size of one half of your tray (4x3 inches for me)
  • A plastic scraper for your silkscreen- I like to use a silicone brush for both my silkscreens and my transfers.
  • Light green acrylic paint (mine is Folk Art Citrus Green), brush
  • Embossing powder in a white or light color (mine is Ranger White Embossing Powder)
  • Optional: A clean microfiber towel
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Project Instructions
    Getting Started:
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.

    Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure 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/curing; however please note that the baking/curing 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.
Condition and sheet out a package of the Soufflé™ Racing Green on a medium setting. Make sure that it will fit the silkscreen you are using.

Place the silkscreen with the emulsion down and load your brush with your selected paint
photo shows as described
Quickly apply the paint to the entire screen and remove any excess paint from the screen with your scraper.
photo shows applying paint to screen
Remove the silkscreen. Check your screened clay to make sure that you got a clean pattern.

Wash your silkscreen under running water immediately. I like to dry mine by putting it in a folded microfiber towel and rubbing gently. Remove the screen and allow it to completely dry.

Set the screened clay aside to dry completely.

Artist Tip: If I don’t get a perfect silkcreen, I have found that if I wash the sheet of clay immediately and dry it, that I can often rescreen on the same piece of clay!
photo shows removing silkscreen
While the silkscreened clay is drying, sheet out your conditioned Soufflé™ Guava on the same setting on your clay machine.

Add a couple of pinches of embossing powder to the sheet of clay spreading it with your fingertip. Excess powder can be tipped back into the bottle.
photo shows mixing emobossing powder into clay
Fold the clay so that the embossing powder side is completely inside the fold.
Run the clay through your conditioning machine several times to evenly spread the embossing powder.
You can add more embossing powder if you wish, but remember that it will “bloom” or look a little larger when it bakes.

You can even bake a small piece to see if you like the effect or if you need to add more.

Sheet the clay out on the same thickness as your silkscreen.
photo shows as described
Trim both pieces to the same size.

Condition and sheet out the second block of Soufflé™ Racing Green on the same thickness as before. We are looking for a sheet that will be larger than the two pieces together.
photo shows as described
Gently roll the two sheets to make sure that there are no air bubbles between the top and the bottom sheets of clay and to help blend the center seam of the Racing Green and Guava.
br>Trim the bottom sheet to leave just a small selvage around each side.
photo shows blending sheets into backing sheet
Use your fingers to start to curl the edge of a long side up, gently pinching a curve as you work down the edge.
photo shows lifting edges
Pinch up a short edge and use your thumb and forefinger to form the corner.
Continue until all the edges are pinched/curled up
photo shows working corner
I put a sheet of thin deli paper (or plastic wrap) over the seam and gently rubbed it with my finger to make sure that the seam was blended after all the edge manipulations in the previous steps.
photo shows blending seam
I rolled the edge of my Etch n’ Pearl to smooth the pinched edges. Any smooth round tool with work, but I liked the gently curve to the tip of the Etch n’ Pearl for this.

Bake the tray as directed in Step 1 above.
photo shows as described
Once the tray has baked and cooled, I sanded the sharp corners just a bit before I applied a thin layer of the Sculpey Gloss Glaze to the inside of the tray. I like to spray a bit of water on my brush to help dilute the glaze and prevent brush marks. Allow the glaze to dry.
photo shows applying glaze
Here is a look at my final dish!
photo shows final dish