Unlock My Heart Pendant
- Premo! Sculpey® Oven-bake Clay – Antique Gold
- Sculpey® UltraLight™ Oven-bake Clay
- Pasta Machine
- Sculpey® Super Slicer
- Sculpey® Edgy Texture Sheet
- Sculpey® Etch 'N Pearl Tool Set
- Clay Extruder (with Half Circle Die)
- Acrylic Roller
- Cookie Cutter – 3" Heart
- Tim Holtz® Keyhole and Large Antique Style Key
- Chain and Clasp
- Matching Brads, Small (3-4)
- Acrylic Craft Paint – Dark Gray or Black
- Brush, Small
- Plastic Wrap
- Craft Knife
- Bottled Water, Small
- Pigment Ink Pad (or Acrylic Paint) – Gold Metallic
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 ½ of the package of Antique Gold out on the widest setting on the pasta machine. Fold and roll a couple of times. Place the clay on a clean sheet of paper and lightly spray with water. Place the texture sheet face down on the clay and press down evenly. Use an acrylic roller to get a deeper impression. Set the sheet of textured clay aside.
Step 2 Roll the UltraLight™ clay into a ball and flatten it out on your work surface. Use the acrylic roller to continue to roll the clay flatter until it is about ¼" thick. The clay should be wide enough to accommodate the heart cutter.
Step 3 Place the sheet of stamped clay on top of the UltraLight™ clay. Place the plastic wrap on top of the stacked clay. Position the heart cutter to create the most pleasing pattern on your clay.
Step 4 Place a large flat surface on the cutter and press firmly down. Remove the flat surface. You will have a perfect “pillowy” heart with a beautiful textured pattern. The plastic wrap creates just enough drag in the cutter to round the edges like this and the soft UltraLight™ clay below makes a perfect little pillow effect.
Step 5 You will notice that the white clay creates a white edge around the heart. Place a small amount of the Antique Gold into your extruder, using the half-circle die, and extrude a length about 12" long. Wrap this around the edge of the heart to “finish it”, starting at the top center of the heart. (You can also paint the edge of the heart and skip the extruded clay!)
Step 6 Position the keyhole. Trim the brads with small wire cutters to press into the heart like small nails.
Step 7 Position one or two small brads at the top seam of the extruded clay and push a large eye pin into the back of the top.
Step 8 Use the craft blade and the Sculpey® Etch 'N Pearl to remove and smooth the clay in the keyhole.
Step 9 Bake the heart according to the clay package directions. Allow to cool.
Step 10 Brush a portion of the heart with the dark grey or black acrylic paint and immediately wipe the upper surface with a damp paper towel. This should leave the paint in the depths of the stamped pattern.
Step 11 If you wish, you can brush some golden highlights lightly onto the clay, using either a metallic pigment ink stamp pad or gold acrylic paint applied with a dry brush.
Step 12 Attach the heart to the center of the key, using as many links as necessary to suspend the heart above the key. Attach the chain to the key on either side and add your closure.
Step 13 Paint the back side of the heart with either the grey or Antique Gold paint!