1. Working on a smooth clean work
surface, use rolling pin to evenly flatten desired amount of Creative Paperclay® modeling
material to an approximately ¼ thick slab. Rolling it out between two sheets
of waxed paper is helpful.
2. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper. Gently, with evenly
distributed pressure, push the cookie cutter all the way into the rolled out slab.
3. Leaving the cutter in place. Use the long sharp edge of the ruler
to mark off and cut out an even square area surrounding the cookie cutter design.
4. Remove the excess Creative Paperclay® material from around the square,
as well as from the cookie cutter. Store the excess in a Zip Lock® bag for future
5. Use the long sharp edge of the ruler to cut the remaining design in
6. Roll out another larger ¼ thick piece of the Creative
Paperclay® into a slab.
7. Gently lift up the resulting four design pieces individually from the
8. Moisten the underside of each design piece using your finger to apply a
thin layer of water. Gently, but with a bit of pressure, arrange the moistened design
pieces onto the newly rolled slab.
9. Use the straight edged ruler to mark off and cut out around the
completed design, forming the composition into a rectangular plaque.
To use the air dry method, place the plaque onto a wire
cookie rack for one or two days until it dries and hardens. After its dry, it will
be lighter in color and weight than when its moist.
To use the bake method, place the plaque onto a
non-stick-baking sheet, and put into oven preheated at 250 degrees. Bake for approximately
40 minutes, turning design pieces over to other side partway through the baking time.
Remove carefully from oven and let cool.
11. Use small folded pieces of sandpaper to sand away any rough edges.
12. Paint with acrylic metallic paints. Let dry.
13. Cut nylon screen rectangle to fill the inside of the mat frame.
14. Drizzle melted glue around the edges of the reverse side of the mat
frame, and carefully place the edges of the screen rectangle onto the glue. Pull edges to
make taut and even. Let bond.
15. Drizzle melted glue onto the back of the painted plaque, then press
the plaque glue side down onto the front center of the screened mat.Glue the soda tab on
the back of the mat for a hanger.