Create this sophisticated box in no time. It’s easy and sure to become a focal point in your home.
Designed by Syndee Holt
- Craftsman Clay: Black (8 oz.)
- Pasta Machine (clay dedicated)
- Sculpey Super Slicer
- Sculpey Satin Glaze
- Plain Wooden Jewelry Box
- Stampology Floral Borders
- Pearl Ex Powder: Spring Green, Super Copper
- Crafter's Pick “Ultimate” Glue
- Small Foam Brushes (2)
Note: Create a test piece of clay to see if the stamped pattern and Pearl Ex colors will combine to create the desired effect. It also serves as practice for the overlayed stamping to see how hard to press.
Roll out several long sheets of Craftsman clay on #3 on the pasta machine. Note: Always roll the clay out on the widest setting (#1) first, then move to the desired smaller setting.
Start with the bottom edges of the box. Trim to straighten the short edges of a sheet of clay then cut pieces that are about a ½-inch wider than the section you wish to cover. Plan to overlap the clay around the corners of the box.
Set the clay strip aside and use a foam brush to apply the glue to the area you are covering with clay. Bring the glue to the edges, but wipe any excess glue off the bottom and top edges.
Carefully lay the selected strip of clay onto the glue area, lining up the straight edge with the top edge of the box. Remember to wrap the clay around the corner of the box. Slide the blade along the bottom edge of the box to remove the excess clay. Note: Make sure to wipe the blade on a damp paper towel to remove any glue. Make sure there is no glue or excess clay before adding it back to the unused clay.
Randomly stamp the clay, over-stamping the pattern. Stamp up to ½-inch from each edge of the clay strip. When adding the next strip of clay, just butt it up against the edge of this strip and when you stamp the clay the press of the stamp will seal the edges together and blend them.
The box hardware areas can be cut out before stamping that section of clay. The cut out does not have to be perfect because the pressure of stamping will bring the clay right up to the edge of the brass. Small pieces of clay can be added to any blank areas and textured to blend in.
Don't cover the actual bottom of the box with clay; paint it after baking. Once the sides are covered and stamped, apply the Spring Green Pearl Ex by rubbing your finger in the lid of the jar and lightly rubbing across the stamped clay. Note: A small amount of Pearl Ex can be poured onto a scrap sheet of paper and you can dip several fingers in it to apply on large surface areas. Just make sure that you rub the excess off before applying to the clay.
Once the Spring Green Pearl Ex is applied, add small amounts of the Super Copper Pearl Ex to create a verdigris effect.
Once the bottom of the box is complete, trim any excess clay from the top and bottom edges and bake according to the clay package directions. Use small pieces of a wooden dowel (old paintbrush handles) to keep the lid open slightly.
When the bottom is baked and cooled, apply the clay to the top of the box in the same manner as the sides. Stamp the clay and Pearl Ex it before baking again. Note: You may have the clay create “gift wrap” corners on the lid. Squeeze these corners tightly to remove any air and carefully slice away the excess clay and repress the clay seam to seal it.
The finished box can be sealed with Sculpey Satin Glaze.
Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.
Condition all clay before using; it makes your finished project stronger.