Sculpey® Silver Steampunk Box
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Sculpey® Silver Steampunk Box

Create this unique Steampunk Box using clay and your favorite mixed media pieces.

Designed by Syndee Holt, courtesy of Polyform.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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 Sculpey III® Oven-Bake Clay, small

Sculpey III® Oven-Bake Clay

 Sculpey® Super Slicer, small

Sculpey® Super Slicer

 Sculpey® Work n' Bake Clay Mat, small

Sculpey® Work n' Bake Clay Mat

 

Material List

  • Premo! Sculpey® Accents – Silver (2 Blocks)
  • Sculpey® III Candy Pink (1 Block), Lemonade (1 Block) and Fuchsia Pearl (1 Block)
  • Sculpey® Clay Conditioning Machine or Clay Dedicated Pasta Machine
  • Sculpey® Clay Mat
  • Sculpey® Super Slicer
  • Round Chipboard Box, 3"
  • Industrial Chic™ Pendant – Metal and Glass with Dancer
  • Crystazzi® Rhinestones, Small and Large
  • Crystazzi® Chain with 4-Piece Crystals, 6mm
  • Recollections™ Eyelets, Small – Antique Silver
  • Glue – White
  • Foam Brush, Small
  • Spray Water Bottle, Small
  • JudiKins Background Texture Stamp – J Stone shown
  • Tim Holtz® Idea-ology® Charm – Foliage Leaf
 

Project Instructions

Step 1 To create flowers, roll the Lemonade clay out on the widest setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine, and cut a rectangle that is approximately 2"x4". Roll out the Fuchsia clay and lay the Lemonade rectangle on top. Trim the Fuchsia clay to the same size. Immediately separate the two rectangles.

Step 2 Use the Super Slicer to bisect the first rectangle from the bottom right corner to the top center.

Step 3 Rotate the small triangle on the right 90° to the left, so that it now sits on top of the larger piece of clay to create a large right angle triangle. It should fit together just like a jigsaw puzzle!

Step 4 Repeat Steps 2 and 3 with the Lemonade rectangle.

Step 5 Put the two right-angled triangles back together to create one large square, by inverting one of the triangles. OK, this is geometry in action here – the edge that is mostly Lemonade will stay that color, as well as the edge that is mostly Fuchsia, while the middle with the diagonal line of colors will blend from one color to another.

Step 6 Fold the top half of the square down onto the bottom half; now we have a double-stacked rectangle that is the same size as our original rectangles.

Step 7 Put this folded rectangle into the Clay Conditioning Machine with the long Lemonade side first. Roll through the machine. Continue to fold and roll the clay through the machine several times, always folding the bottom up to meet the top and putting the folded edge into the machine first. DO NOT ROTATE THE CLAY. Keep the long edge in the machine. It takes about eight to fourteen times through the machine to see the smooth blend of colors emerge.

Step 8 When you are satisfied with the blend of colors, lay it on your work surface and trim the edges to make it neat and even. Then set the Clay Conditioning Machine on #5 and roll it through, this time with the NARROW edge into the machine. For some reason, tradition dictates that we always put the lighter colored edge in first. This is going to give you a very long, thin piece of clay with a smooth blend of one color to the other.

Step 9 Lay the strip of blended clay on your work surface and cut off the very end of the Lemonade clay to even it out again. Roll this cut-off portion into a small cylinder and place it at the edge strip on the lemonade end (it doesn't matter if it is longer than the strip). Begin to slowly roll up the strip around this cylinder until you reach the other end (the fuchsia portion).

Step 10 Once you have the clay rolled up, you can look at the end and see how the layers have created a blend from the Lemonade to the Fuchsia.

NOTE: I prefer to make a #5 long thin strip of just the outside color, in this case the Fuchsia, to put a single layer around the outside of the rolled-up clay. You can do this by setting the rolled clay onto the sheet of Fuchsia and trimming the edges of the sheet to the same length as the rolled clay. Then just roll up the clay and the sheet until the edges of the sheet meet each other. Trim the edges so that they just touch.

Step 11 Place the rolled clay on your work surface and, with BOTH hands, start to roll the clay back and forth from the tip of your fingers to the heel of your hands, pressing with a medium pressure. This will cause the clay to get longer and smaller. Make sure to move your hands out to the ends of the clay roll (called a cane, when you reduce it like this) to keep the entire length an even diameter. STOP when the cane is about 3/8" in diameter.

Step 12 Cut the cane in the middle, quickly and firmly, and you will see the smooth blend from the Lemonade center to the Fuchsia outer portion!

Step 13 Set this aside and repeat Steps 1-12 with the Candy Pink to Lemonade and the Candy Pink to Fuchsia.

Step 14 Cut six thin slices from one of your canes. Gently flatten the outer edge of the slice and roll the first slice tightly at the bottom for the center of the flower.

Step 15 Gently flatten the outer edge of the remaining slices and wrap them around that center rolled slice, so that they slightly overlap. Use your finger to push the outer portion of the “petal” out and away from the flower center.

Step 16 Use the Super Slicer blade to cut off the bottom of the assembled flower, to enable it to sit upright on your box.

Step 17 Roll out the Premo! Sculpey® Silver clay on the widest setting (#1) on the Sculpey® Clay Conditioning Machine and then set it on #2 and roll the clay through again. Place the sheet of clay on a piece of clean white paper and lightly spray your background/texture stamp with water (acts as mold release). Place the sheet of paper with the clay on a hard surface, put the stamp on top and step on it. Remove the stamp and reposition it on the unstamped clay and repeat until the whole sheet of clay is stamped.

Step 18 Apply glue to the sides of the lid and glue a strip of clay to the side, using your Super Slicer blade slide along the top and bottom and trim the clay.

Step 19 Set the lid face down onto a sheet of the textured clay and use a craft knife to trace around the edge of the lid.

Step 20 Use your texture stamp to blend in the seam from the side and top.

Step 21 Set the lid onto the bottom of the box and mark with a pencil where the lid sits on the bottom.

Step 22 Apply glue to the bottom sides BELOW the pencil line and apply textured clay to the bottom. If you cut a straight line on one side of the clay, this line can be butted up to the pencil line and you won' t have to re-cut the line. Slide your blade along the bottom to trim the clay to the bottom edge. If you need to add clay to complete the cover, don't worry about blending in the seams. We will use those with the eyelets later.

Step 23 The Industrial Chic™ pendant is really designed so that you can put your own photo into it, but I really liked their sample dancer in it. I mixed a tiny amount of Candy Pink into some Lemonade clay and rolled it out on #3 on the Clay Conditioning Machine. Trace and cut a circle of the clay and press it onto the back of the glass portion of the pendant so that the image will stand out on the darker silver clay.

Step 24 Position the pendant and press gently into place. Press the short chain of crystals into place near the bail at the top of the pendant, adding another small drop of glue to each end of the chain to anchor it. Add the clay flowers (described above) around the pendant (trim the backs of the flowers flat so that they can sit upright). Add some of the eyelets by pressing them into the clay.

Step 25 Press eyelets into the clay on the box bottom on either side of any seam you have in the clay. Don't have seams? Use the back of your Super Slicer to draw some in! Bake the lid and bottom according to the clay package directions. If you wish, you can paint the inside of the box with acrylic paint after the clay has cooled.

Tips

Use white glue to cover the box. It gives the clay texture to adhere to.