Quick Extrude Leaf Frame
Leaves and vine are appealing no matter what season it is. The leaves in this frame are created by laying pieces of extruded clay together and using a cutter to create a leaf shape. Simple yet sophisticated.
- Sculpey III, Leaf Green, 1 package
- Sculpey III, Hazelnut or Chocolate, 1 package
- Sculpey Extruder
- Clay dedicated pasta machine
- Sculpey Super Slicer Blade
- Small leaf cutter – Wilton® leaf set
- Small half glass “pebbles” in any color
- Simple wooden frame
- Two colors of acrylic paint- turquoise and a royal blue color seen in picture
- Small foam brush and small piece of sea sponge
- White glue
Getting Started: Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Knead clay for 2 minutes. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 130 ºC (275 ºF for US customers) for 15 minutes per 6 mm (1/4”) of thickness. Do not use in microwave oven. Do not exceed the above temperatures or recommended baking time. Baking should be completed by an adult. Wash hands after use.
Paint the frame, using the foam brush, with the lighter color of paint. Set aside and allow to dry. Once the paint is dry, pick a small amount of the darker color up on your foam brush and brush is across the small piece of sea sponge and lightly daub the darker color onto the frame. Add more paint to the sponge using the brush until the entire frame is covered. Set aside to dry.
Knead ½ the package of Leaf Green clay in your hands until it is soft and pliable. Roll it into a cylinder and put it into the extruder. Put the small circle (NOT the pinhole!) dye into the tip of the extruder. You can invert the extruder, placing the plunger against a hard surface. (Use a soft pad underneath the plunger to keep it from marring a tabletop). Then push the extruder down towards the hard surface to extrude the clay.
Roll the remaining Leaf Green clay through a clay dedicated pasta machine or use an acrylic roller. Roll to the medium setting on the pasta machine or to 1/16” with the roller.
Cut a 2 inch piece of extruded clay and position it on the sheet of clay so that it is nice and straight.
Begin cutting ½ inch pieces of the extruded clay and lay them at 90 degree angle to the 2 inch piece, aligning them so that they are even on either side and stacked right next to each other. When you have filled the length of the original 2 inch piece of extruded clay, align the leaf cutter to the center piece of extruded clay and cut out your leaf. Repeat these steps to create about a dozen leaves.
NOTE: Use a rounded blunt tool to help push the clay out of the mold if necessary.
Extrude a small amount of brown clay and coil to create the rest of your design, adding the half round glass to represent a bloom.
Create your design on the dried frame before baking your clay. Then carefully remove the clay pieces and bake them, according to the clay package directions, allow to cool. Put the pieces back into place on the frame with white craft glue once they are baked and cooled. Add the half glass pebble accents as desired.
Make sure your clay is well conditioned, it makes using the extruder that much easier.