Bake Shop Magnets
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Bake Shop Variety Pack–Hot Pink, Yellow, Purple and Orange
- Acrylic roller
- 5 in 1 Set - Knife tool
- Laser printer
- Rubbing alcohol (72%)
- Cotton balls
- Plain white paper or index cards
- White glue
- Wax paper, metal baking sheet, or aluminum foil
- Pasta machine
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 hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) 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.
Preheat 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.
1. Scan in some black and white drawings from students and print them out on a toner based printer (like a laser printer, NOT an ink jet printer). The paper should just be plain computer paper. If there are words on the transfer, they will need to be flipped horizontally so that they are backwards.
2. Pinch off a small section of the selected clay color and knead in hands for a moment until the clay is soft and somewhat flexible. Flatten this ball of clay and place on a sheet of paper and use the acrylic roller to smooth and flatten it to 1/4" - 1/8” thickness. Place on a sheet of paper.
3. Cut out around the transfer, leaving a small amount of paper around the image.
4. Place the transfer FACE DOWN on the sheet of clay and lightly press into place. Dampen a cotton ball with the rubbing alcohol and sweep the alcohol across the entire sheet of paper of the transfer as quickly as possible. Make sure to cover the entire paper or it will wrinkle.
5. The paper should be dampened so that the image can be seen through the paper and there are no air bubbles. Don't get the paper too wet though or the paper will float on a layer of alcohol and won't touch the clay.
6. Allow the alcohol to evaporate for a couple of minutes until the paper looks almost dry again. Resoak the paper with the alcohol. Once the paper is almost dry again, swipe it with the cotton ball again and gently peel the paper up slowly. If there is a spot that didn't transfer, just lay the paper down and rub it gently with finger in that area.
7. Once the paper is removed completely, check the transfer. Small amounts of the paper may stick to the transferred ink on the clay. Gently rub this area with a dampened cotton ball using a small circular motion to remove the paper before baking.
8. Use the Sculpey Knife Tool from the 5 in 1 Tool Set to cut out around the transfer.
9. Repeat steps 2-6 for all of the transfers being made.
10. Place the completed transfers on a sheet of clean paper and place the paper on the baking sheet. Do not let the pieces of clay touch each other. Bake according to the directions above.
11. Once the clay is baked and cooled, glue the magnets to the back of each finished piece.