Premo! Sculpey® Retro Ornament
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Premo! Sculpey® Retro Ornament

Turn a plain glass ornament into a fanciful retro one with Sculpey® oven bake clay.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Messy Rating:
1 2 3 4 5
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Premo! Sculpey® Oven-bake Clay, Accent Colors – Peacock, Magenta Pearl, Green Pearl and 18K Gold
  • Pasta Machine
  • Sculpey® Super Slicer Blade
  • Sculpey® Style and Detail Tool Set
  • Sculpey® Glitter – Gold
  • Circle Cutters – Assorted Sizes (3/8" - 1¼") and 2½"
  • Craft Glue – White
  • Vinyl Gloves (Optional)
  • Round Glass Ornament, Large – Clear or Colored
  • Polyester Fiberfill
 

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. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130°C) for 30 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. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine 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 Roll 1/3 of the package of Peacock clay through the pasta machine on #1 and then on #5 to create a very thin sheet of clay. Begin to put the clay near the top of the ornament (hanger removed), slightly stretching the clay around the middle and tucking into the bottom of the ornament.

Step 2 You will have overlaps of clay, but try to keep it as neat as you can! Carefully, use the Super Slicer blade to trim the excess layers of clay away from the base layer on the ornament. Cut as close as you can -- take several passes if you need to. Use the acrylic roller to help smooth these areas out. You may want to wear gloves if you have issues with fingerprinting!

Step 3 Roll the covered ornament in your hand to help smooth the seams and set it on your baking nest. Place the nest into the preheated oven set to the temperature indicated on your clay package. Bake for about ten minutes.

Step 4 While the ornament is baking, begin making the brightly colored circles to create the pattern. Roll 1/3 package of Pearl Green out on #1 setting and then on #3 setting. Use your circle cutters to cut first the large circle and then an offset smaller circle. You can even use your Sculpey® style and detail tools to add a quick pattern around the edge if you wish. Create about four large circles and six smaller circles from the Green Pearl and Magenta Pearl clays. Set aside.

Step 5 Once the ornament is baked and cool to touch, you can add your circles. Once all your Green and Magenta Pearl circles are in place, put the ornament back in its baking nest and bake for another ten minutes.

Step 6 While the ornament is baking again, cut out about two dozen gold circles and coat them in gold glitter. If you have two small cutters, you can punch out several options for your pattern!

Step 7 Add the gold circles to the baked ornament, using a small drop of glue on each to help hold it. Just allow the pattern of the gold circles to flow around the larger circles. Re-bake for ten minutes in the baking nest and you are done!

Tips

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

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by Syndee Holt courtesy of Polyform.