Sculpey® Mixed Media Journal
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Sculpey® Mixed Media Journal

Your journal should be an expression of yourself on the outside cover as well as the inside pages. So really let your imagination go wild...break some rules with this mixed media project and just have fun with it.

Designed by Syndee Holt, courtesy of Polyform.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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 Sculpey® Super Slicer, small

Sculpey® Super Slicer

 Clay Extruder Set, small

Clay Extruder Set

 Sculpey III® Oven-Bake Clay, small

Sculpey III® Oven-Bake Clay

 

Material List

  • Sculpey® III Oven Bake Clay – Jewelry Gold
  • Sculpey® Super Slicer
  • Clay Extruder
  • Pasta Machine
  • Paper Mache Journal
  • Scrapbook Paper, Patterned – Natural
  • Scrapbook Brads
  • Metal Scrapbook Embellishments, Steampunk-style – Clock Faces and Gears
  • Metal Jewelry Chain
  • Wire Cutters
  • Acrylic Paint – Brown
  • Glue – White
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Bamboo Skewer
 

Project Instructions

Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per ¼" (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.

Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Condition all clay by kneading until it’s soft and smooth or by running it through a clay dedicated pasta machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.

Cut out scrapbook paper and adhere to journal cover using white glue. Make sure the paper does not cover the entire journal. You want to leave some of the cover exposed.

With pasta machine at #3 setting, roll a sheet of clay. Use the Super Slicer to cut four strips to outline the edges of the scrapbook paper. Lay clay strips on journal (make sure they are slightly overlapping at the corners) and use bamboo skewer to texture the clay and blend the seams.

Using a clay extruder, extrude a length of clay to wrap around the first of the clock faces and create a swirl down past the center of the collage.

Add a second swirl coming from the bottom of this clock face. Position the second clock face over the junctions of these coils, using a small piece of clay on the back of it to help support it.

Slide a couple of the gears underneath the second clock piece as well.

Roll out some of the remaining clay on the #3 setting and place the third clock face on top, roughly trimming to ¼" around the edge of the clock.

Gently wrap this extra clay up around the edge of the clock face.

Slide the Super Slicer blade along the top surface of the clock face to trim off the excess clay.

Set the covered clock face on its edge on the work surface and roll gently to seal the clay to the clock face, to create a golden frame around the clock face as shown in the bottom right of the collage. Set into place in your collage, using a bit of chain to tie to the collage pieces above.

Add small brads to the center of each clock face by clipping off the brad posts in back to about 1/8".

Carefully move the journal to your baking sheet and bake the completed collage at 275 °F (130 °C) for about 25 minutes. Allow it to cool before touching.

Use a toothpick and the white glue to glue each piece into place after baking. Slide the toothpick with glue under the edges of the clay “frame” to secure it.

Put a very small amount of dark brown paint on a cotton swab and spritz it with water. Wipe the surface of the clay frame with this paint, covering about an inch at a time. Use a clean swab (sprayed with water) to remove the excess paint. Continue this process until the entire frame is “antiqued” with the brown paint. (Dip a small brush into the dark brown paint and then into clean water. Wipe it on a paper until it is almost dry and use this remaining paint to lightly brush the coils and other clay surfaces to antique them.)

Tips

Baby wipes are a great way to clean up after playing with clay!