Premo! Sculpey Swirly Designs Valentine's Jar

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by Lianne Stoddard & Paul Stoddard, Premo!

Premo! Sculpey Swirly Designs Valentine's Jar

Decorate a candy-filled jar for an extra-special gift!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include the time it will take for clay to neither bake nor cool.
    Notes:
    If you don’t have cutters in the sizes and shapes needed, make paper templates by using scrap paper and scissors.
    Any household kitchen item (such as the rolling pin) used on clay projects should not be used again on food.
  • 2
    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry well. Using wax paper, metal baking sheet or aluminum foil, knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between each of the colors of this project.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Clay should be baked on an oven-proof glass or metal surface at the 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4 inch of thickness.
  • 4
    Empty the contents of the jars and boil them to clean the inside of the jars. Set the glass bottom of the side and take your lids and with sandpaper rough up the lids. This will help the clay adhere better to the metal lid.
  • 5
    Take half of the Deep Red clay and run through the clay-conditioning machine on the #3 setting. Make sure it will cover the lid’s top and sides. Apply a coat of adhesive to the lid top and cover with piece of clay. Burnish with fingers, smoothing it out and removing any air bubbles. Use the craft knife to remove access clay from the bottom of the lid. Then take the craft knife and cut an x on the top of lid. This will prevent air bubbles when baking. Set aside your lid.
  • 6
    Take half of the Dusty Rose clay and run through the clay conditioning machine on the #4 setting. Using a 2-1/4 inch scalloped cutter, cut out scalloped shape. Then take your 1-3/4 inch round cutter and cut the center out of scalloped shape. Remove the center so you are left with a scalloped circle border.
  • 7
    Condition a piece of Dusty Rose, Blush and Pomegranate clay. We recommend starting with your lightest color first and clean your extruder tool between each color so the colors don’t mix together. Using your 1/16 disc, add your clay to the extruder and squeeze out a large enough piece: at least 12 inch for your spiral. (Tip: make more and have extra, in case a few break as you perform this step.) Do this for the three clay colors.
  • 8
    Using the scalloped disk take the lightest color string, Dusty Rose, and start in the center and create a spiral. You can decide about how many times you can go around. Remember that you have to get your three colors of clay in the center of your cut out. We went around three times with the two light colors and two times with the last color. Once you have the spiral finished use an acrylic roller to lightly blend your spiral into the scalloped shape.
  • 9
    Get the lid and apply some bake and bond to the top and then lay your scalloped swirled design in the center of your lid. Using the rolling pin, lightly burnish piece to the lid. (Tip: don’t press too hard so that you flatten your spiral design) Use your fingers to press down the scalloped pieces. Then use a knife tool from the starter set, and make a line from the center of your scalloped design to the edges, creating a pinwheel design. Don’t press down hard, just enough to make an indentation.
  • 10
    Use your needle end pointer and make two holes in the center of your lid. Take your wire cutters and a toothpick and cut off the ends and apply a little adhesive and insert them into your lid.
  • 11
    Condition a piece of Pomegranate clay and roll it into a 1 inch ball. Then using your fingers sculpt into a heart shape. Press the heart bottom flat so it will sit on the lid. Take your needle end tool and make two holes on the bottom of heart so it can fit onto the toothpicks on your lid. Take a piece of the Dusty Rose clay and run through the clay-conditioning machine on the #5 setting. Take a 3/4 inch heart cutter and cut out a shape and stick it in the center of the large heart. Then take piece of the Deep Red clay and run through the clay-conditioning machine on the #5 setting. Take a 1/4 heart cutter and cut out a shape and stick it in the center of your Dusty Rose heart. Apply more adhesive to toothpick tips on your lid and slowly insert your heart on top of the lid.
  • 12
    Place your finish piece on a ceramic tile and bake in your oven according to the manufacturers instructions on the packaging.
  • 13
    Once your piece has cooled you can add small paint embellishments to your piece. Use the tip of a toothpick to paint the eyes, eyebrows, dots around the hearts and little hearts on ever other scallop around the side of the lid. Spray a coat of matte sealer, on your whole piece. Fill your jar with your favorite candies or any small items. Use some ribbon or paper to wrap around the jars or to make a tag and add it to the glass part of the jar. Tip: Be careful when removing your lid design not to hold/carry it by the birds or heart you should always open and close it holding it carefully along the sides of your lid.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Premo! Sculpey Clay 2 oz. White 104130025
  • Premo! Sculpey Clay 2 oz. Dusty Rose 104129976
  • Premo! Sculpey Clay 2 oz. Pomegranate 104729574
  • Premo! Sculpey Clay 2 oz. Blush 104729580
  • Sculpey III Clay 2 oz. Deep Red 104556024
  • Sculpey Clay Tool Starter Set 104804182
  • Sculpey Style & Details Clay Tool Set 104804176
  • Sculpey Bake & Bond Clay Adhesive 2 oz. 104729594
  • Nicole™ Crafts Clay Machine 104136455
  • Baby Food Jars with 1-7/8 inch Lids
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Panacea Heavy Duty 8 inch Wire Cutters 104455865
  • Darice Craft Designer Copper Wire 20 gauge Red 104179269
  • Walnut Hollow Clay Extruder Set 104728875
  • Mini Flower Cutter (or Scrap Paper - see step 1)
  • 3/4 inch Heart Cutter (or Scrap Paper - see step 1)
  • 1/4 inch Heart Cutter (or Scrap Paper - see step 1)
  • 2-1/4 inch Scalloped Circle Cutter (or Scrap Paper - see step 1)
  • 1-3/4 inch Circle Cutter (or Scrap Paper - see step 1)
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Wicker White 104107634
  • Plaid Clear Acrylic Sealer Spray 12 oz. Matte 104107925
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint 2 oz. Love Bird 104588355
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint 2 oz. Chipolte 104588346
  • Coordinating Ribbon (such as Offray Spool O' Ribbon Red 104188398 and Offray Spool O' Ribbon Pink 104188396 and Offray Spool O' Ribbon Wine 104188400)
  • Candies such as Celebration Sixlets Candy Coated Chocolate Flavored Candy Shimmering Pink 14 oz. 104751176 and Celebration Sixlets Candy Coated Chocolate Flavored Candy White 14 oz. 104751205 and Celebration Sixlets Candy Coated Chocolate Flavored Candy Red 14 oz. 104751172 
  • Rolling Pin (see step 1)
  • X-ACTO Precision Instruments No. 1 Knife 104135101
  • Sandpaper
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors