A while ago my pal Lisa Pavelka was showing off her fabulous Pardo Jewellry Clay by Viva Decor at CHA Winter 2011- it’s so flexible after baking, you can actually use a paper punch to cut it! So I got to thinking- why not cut it with a Cricut? I played around a bit, and actually got it to work. Here’s how you do it.
Step 1: Condition Your Clay
Condition your clay well- I actually used scrap clay from various projects, so it’s a mish-mash of Pardo, Sculpey and Premo. (PS- I tried this later with straight-up Premo & it did not work as well as the mixed clay.) Roll it through a pasta machine (yes, you kinda need one for this) until it’s at it’s thinnest setting. Then place the clay on a sheet of deli-wrap and roll it through again. Do this carefully-make sure there are no bubbles or huge wrinkles- because you’ll bake the clay on this sheet.
Step 2: Cure Your Clay
Bake your clay. Watch it carefully- it’s so thin it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes or so! Remove the deli paper as quickly as you can. It likes to stick if it cools fully. (That’s not a problem, though- you can just use a scrubbie to remove the excess paper that has stuck on.)
Step 3: Prepare Your Mat
Step 4: Cut!
You may need to troubleshoot a bit if it doens't work perfectly the first time-like uou may need to go back over it a bit with a craft blade or replace your blade, but I’m still pretty impressed with the results!
Step 5: Ta-DA!
I have also written a follow-up article on what brands of polymer clays are best formaking polymer clay sheets, or "veneers" , for using with punches and both manual and electric die-cutting machines. That may help you out, too.
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