Premo! Sculpey® Swirls Christmas Ornaments
- Premo! Sculpey® Oven-bake Clay – Magenta Pearl and Bright Green Pearl or Green and Red Translucent
- Extruder (Medium Round Die)
- Sculpey® Style and Details Tools Set – Small Ball Tool
- Glass Ornament
- Baking Parchment Paper
- Polyester Fiberfill
- Box, Small (or Round Cutter)
- Craft Blade
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 Extrude the clay, by loading the extruder and extruding in about 12" lengths. I like to set a TV tray up next to my work table and cover it with baking parchment paper. Then I lay the lengths of clay on the parchment paper as I create them. Create at least 8-10 lengths of each color.
Step 2 Start by wrapping one of the colors a couple of times around the top of the ornament, ending with a small coil of clay.
Step 3 Add the second color, by cutting the end of the coil at an angle to fit into the space created at the intersection of the first color coil. Use the craft blade to cut the end to match the other intersection.
Step 4 Add a second coil of clay with the green color, putting it as close as possible to the pattern. NOTE: I often create my coils flat on a sheet of paper and then transfer them to the ornament.
Step 5 Fill the space left between the coils of clay with a small ball of clay and use the small ball tool to press it into place.
Step 6 Use a small piece of the baking parchment to gently press the clay coils to better adhere them to the glass and to create a smoother surface to the ornament.
Step 7 Because we are only using two colors of clay, we can add more variety to the pattern by adding lines of color, textured lines of color and lines of small balls of clay to the pattern.
Step 8 When the ornament is about 1/3 completed, bake it for about 10 minutes at the temperature specified on the clay package directions. Of course, since the ornament is round, you need to anchor it for baking. I use a small cardboard box and a piece of polyester fiberfill to “nest” the ornament. The fiberfill will NOT burn and it will not adhere to the clay.
Step 9 Once the clay is baked and cooled, you can continue with your pattern. I tend to bake the ornaments three times, regardless of the size of the ornament.