Sculpey® III Tile Frame
Really get your creative juices flowing designing this frame by experimenting with different colors and textures.
Designed by Amy Koranek, courtesy of Polyform.
- Sculpey® III Oven-bake Clay – Just Orange, Suede Brown, White, Candy Pink, Granny Smith, Sky Blue and Tan
- Sculpey® Super Slicer with rigid blade
- Clay Dedicated Pasta Machine
- Sculpey® Texture Sheets – Swirls and Chantilly Lace
- Sculpey® Texture Wheels – Rope, Chicken Scratch and Vine or Various Rubber Stamps or Textures
- Acrylic Roller
- Water Spritzer Bottle
- Unfinished Wood Frame
- Sandpaper, 300 Grit
- Acrylic Craft Paint, Glossy – White
- Paper Towels
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 for 30 minutes per ¼" 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.
Begin by preheating oven to 275°F. 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.
Sand rough edges on the wood frame.
Paint the entire frame with white acrylic glossy paint. Use as many coats as needed to achieve a smooth finish. NOTE: the paint must be glossy. Glossy paint actually acts as an adhesive between the polymer clay and the wood frame.
While the paint is drying you can condition and texture the clays.
Making Clay Tiles
For each color make sheets of clay through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. For the Just Orange and the Candy Pink sheets, press the clay through on the thickest setting and then fold each sheet in half to double the thickness. This adds a little more of a random feel to the design.
Decide which textures you would like to use with each color. For mine I used Swirls on Just Orange, Chantilly Lace on the Candy Pink, Rope wheel on White, Chicken Scratch wheel on Suede Brown, Vine wheel on Granny Smith, a simple flower rubber stamp on Sky Blue, and I left the Tan clay untextured.
To keep the clay from sticking to the texture sheets or the texture wheels it's important to lightly spritz the clay with water first. Applying firm pressure, press the texture sheet into the clay. Once the texture sheet has bitten into the clay you can roll over the entire sheet with an acrylic roller, making sure you get a deep texture all over the clay sheet. Likewise when using the clay texture wheels, spritz the clay with water first and then roll over the clay, applying a lot of pressure to get a deep texture. Blot off excess water from the textured clay sheets with a paper towel.
Cut each clay sheet into 1"x1" square tiles. Leave a few tiles oversized for filling in around the edges or in areas where you may need a bigger tile than 1"x1".
Lay the tiles lightly on your painted frame. Make sure the tiles are butted together and use larger tiles as needed to fill in any odd-sized spots. Once you are happy with the layout of your tiles, press them into place seating them firmly on the glossy paint.
Carefully trim all the way around the outside of the frame and the inner edge to trim back any excess clay from the edges.
Bake the entire frame according to manufacturer's instructions.