Mixed Media Pumpkin by Premo® Clay
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Mixed Media Pumpkin by Premo® Clay

Turn a basic foam craft pumpkin into a stunning centerpiece with Premo® clay.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Premo! Sculpey® Oven-bake Clay, 2oz. Bars – Gold (2), Bronze (2) and Silver (2)
  • Sculpey® Texture Wheel
  • Pasta Machine
  • Sculpey® Super Slicer
  • Ornamental Brads (At least 16)
  • Chain Pieces
  • Charms – Design of Choice
  • Acrylic Paint – Dark Grey or Black
  • Paintbrush
  • Straight Edge
  • Fast Setting Glue – Clear
  • Ruler
  • Celebrate It™ Pumpkin
 

Project Instructions

Getting Started

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 30 minutes per ¼ in (6 mm) 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 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.

  

Step 1 Unwrap the clay and set it on the work surface horizontally. Use the Super Slicer rigid blade to cut the clay into 3 pieces.

Step 2 Run each piece through the pasta machine on the #1 or widest setting with the wide end of the clay going through the machine. Press the 3 rolled out clay pieces together, overlapping slightly. Fold this new sheet in half and run through the pasta machine, now putting the narrow end of the clay through the machine. Fold the clay again and roll through the machine until the edges of the clay are fairly smooth. You should have a sheet of clay that is roughly 10½" L.

Step 3 Put the sheet of clay on a sheet of white paper. Starting from the top edge of the clay place your straight edge under where you want to roll out your first texture strip. Using the straight edge as a guide, run the texture wheel across the clay. Reposition the straightedge, working your way towards the bottom of the clay sheet. Roll as many textures as you can in the sheet of clay.

 

Step 4 Align the rigid Super Slicer blade along the top edge of the texture strip and trim. Cut all the top parts of the textures first. Then cut the other side NOTE: if you get a “notch” or an uneven trim in the clay, we recommend that you use the thinner Super Slicer blade. Curve it gently and trim that portion away

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Step 5 Measure the completed texture strip with the ruler. The longer pieces should be 10½" or slightly longer. (You can stretch the strip slightly to fit). Try your first piece on your pumpkin to make sure that it covers from about ½" away from the top “stem” to the bottom of the pumpkin (these pumpkins may vary in size). The shorter “loops” at the top should be 3¾".

Step 6 Repeat Steps 2-5 for each of the other two colors. You should end up with 3 Silver strips, 3 Bronze strips and 6 Gold strips.

Step 7 Place the longer pieces on a sheet of white paper and position them so that they are as straight as possible. Create rings out of the shorter pieces and gently press the ends together, place these on the sheet of paper. Place the filled sheet of paper on your baking pan and bake the pieces according to the directions above and allow to completely cool.

Step 8 Place one of the textures strips on a sheet of white paper and apply the paint to the about 1/3 of the length, making sure to get the paint into all the low parts of the texture. Immediately wipe the surface lightly with a damp paper towel to remove the paint from the top surfaces. Repeat this process until the entire strip has been painted. Set the strip aside to dry and repeat for all colors and all strips and curls. NOTE: make sure to smear some of the paint on the edges of the strips and on the inside of the curled clay loops.

Step 9 Once all the clay pieces have been painted and dried, assemble the pumpkin by positioning the first Gold strip. It should be positioned about ½" away from the top “stem” of the pumpkin to allow room for the looped piece of clay. Position so that the clay ring just hits the end of the clay strip and fits snuggly against the stem of the pumpkin. Glue both pieces into place using clear fast setting glue. Repeat with the other strips and curls. NOTE: to ensure even spacing, glue the second gold strip and ring on the opposite side of the pumpkin. Then glue the 2 remaining Gold sets to even divide the pumpkin into quarters. The Silver and Bronze sets were positioned in between each Gold quarter.

Step 10 Once all the pieces are glued into place, push the decorative brads through the clay and into the pumpkin. Place the brads as close as possible to the rings at the top of each strip and then one more brad randomly placed on each strip. If you have trouble pushing the brad through the pumpkin, you can also clip off the nail portion of the brad and just glue the brad head to the clay.

Step 11 Thread your selected chains through the clay loops and secure them with jump ring or decorative pins and add your charms! 

Tips

Baby wipes are the best way to clean up after playing with clay!!

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by Syndee Holt of Polyform.