TCS009 Scottish Thistle Clay Casting Instructions
Clay Casting Instructions
for
Rycraft's 5" Tile Cookie Stamp & Bread Warmer



 

One side is a giant
square cookie stamp


 

The other side is a decorative tile
you can
use as a bread warmer

and use BOTH SIDES for Clay Casting!

 
Materials Needed:

Vegetable oil and toothbrush

1 pkg Creative Paperclay® (an 8-ounce package makes 2 giant clay castings), non-toxic, air dries (no oven needed), pure white finish suitable for painting.


Rycraft  5" Tile Bread Warmer & Cookie Stamp Combo #TCS009 – Scottish Thistle (shown right)

Plastic zip-lock bag to store clay in while not using (it dries out very fast); remoisten with water if needed while using.

Rolling pin

Acrylic paints (optional)

Acrylic varnish (optional)
                 

            
    

Prepare the tile:

1.  Use a toothbrush to coat both sides of tile with oil to season it. Wash in mild soapy water and rinse. Dry with towel or in warm oven for a few minutes before beginning your clay casting.

2.  Open the package of clay and cut the 8-0z bar in half. Store one half in the zip-lock bag to keep it moist. Use the remaining 4 ounces of clay make your first casting.

3.  Use flour or baby powder to dust the mold thoroughly to prevent the clay from sticking to the mold.





Apply paperclay to tile:

 4.  Use either side of the tile you prefer. Break off small pieces of clay and begin to fill in the design on the mold. Be sure to work the clay deep into the crevices of the design. Keep the mold well-dusted. 

Alternative method for a round casting: 

Make a giant ball of clay, dust it with powder, and then press the tile down onto the dusted tile to form a round shape. Turn the tile over and work the edges of the clay into a nice circle, and use your fingers to work the clay deep into the crevices of the design. Then smooth with the rolling pin.



Smooth back of casting:

 5.  When you have all the clay applied in an even layer, use a rolling pin to smooth the back of the casting and eliminate your fingerprints. This will allow your casting to lie flat.




Repair any thin spots:

 6.  If you have any spots where the casting is too thin, add a little more clay, work it in, then smooth with the rolling pin again.




Shape edges of wet casting:

 7. Use your fingers and/or a knife to remove clay around edges of the casting until you have a satisfactory round shape (or square if you prefer). We left ours sort of ragged around the edges (right).

Remove wet casting:

8.  Carefully loosen the edges of the casting all the way around. Keep your powder and brush handy in case you need to use more to release the casting.

9.  Turn the tile over with the casting on the bottom, so gravity will help the casting to release from the mold. Work your way around the tile, lifting more and more of the clay casting away from the tile until the center lifts away and the casting is free.




Repair wet casting:

 10.  If any of the clay stayed in the design (we had trouble with one of the leaves), dampen your finger (or a paintbrush) with water and smooth out the design, using a toothpick to make the crease in the leaves again (as we had to do).

11.  If there are any cracks in the casting, use the same method of smoothing out the flaws with a bit of water.

Make hole for hanger:

12.  If you are making an ornament to hang in a window or on a Christmas tree, use a straw of ice pick (or whatever device you have) to poke a hole at the top of your casting while the clay is still wet.





Dry casting:

13.  Place casting on a drying rack so air can circulate around all sides of the casting. Dry at room temperature for 12 - 36 hours, depending on how thick your casting is.


Protect casting with varnish:

 15.  AFTER you have painted your casting (optional), then spray or paint on a final coating of clear acrylic varnish to protect the finished casting from stains, dirt, and dust.





Optional:  Decorating with Paint

14. Apply acrylic paints one color at a time, drying in between coats of paint so colors won't run into each other.

Use in a greeting card, or place on decorative paper and frame, or use as a Christmas tree ornament ..... let your imagination go wild, and HAVE FUN








Click here for Paper Casting Instructions
Click here for Cookie Baking Instructions