How do I make a ClayLinks print?
- Clean hands! This modeling compound attracts dust, dirt and ink.
- Knead the clay for several minutes until soft and warm to distribute oils evenly. You may need to use more than one ClayLinks Kit to create a large enough clay patty for your intended print. DO NOT soften in a microwave oven as this may ‘harden’ the clay.
- Roll clay into a ball and place on hard, clean, smooth and portable surface (dinner plate, plastic clipboard or a Portable Patty Pad with a Circle Mold*).
- Flatten ball into a patty and turn over to reveal smoothest side.
- Lift the portable surface to the hand or foot and center it on the clay.
- Firmly, but gently, push the center pad of the hand or foot into the clay and, without removing, press each finger or toe into the clay.
- If print does not meet your standards, start over and try again.
- When satisfied with your print, you must bake it. Click here for detailed instructions.
To Decorate a Print Before Baking:
- To add a ribbon to decorate or hang a ClayLinks print, make one or two small holes prior to baking. Use an object the width of a pen to make the holes where you would like the ribbon positioned. Be sure the opening is wide enough to pass a ribbon through once the print is baked.
- Add a name or date by using a toothpick, Stylus*, or Alphabet Stamp Kit* to carve or imprint letters.
- Add embellishments like beads or decorative charms*, arrange and press items into clay prior to baking. (Note: Decorations used must withstand oven temperatures of 275-295 degrees Fahrenheit.)
*Patty Pad/Circle Mold, Stylus, Alphabet Stamp Kit, Charms and other items available in our online store.