Hi guys! Have you crafted with oven-bake clay?
Except for baking time and temperature, the package didn't really give instructions on how to use it.
I kneaded the clay to soften it and leveled it out with a rolling pin.
I used this leaf-shaped cutter/punch that's handy for cookies and pies.
I transfered the cutouts in a mini muffin pan to achieve a bowl-shape. To avoid the clay from sticking, I put a little cornstarch in the grooves of the pan (which, after baking, I realized you don't really need).
I put the muffin tin inside a pre-heated oven (275 degrees Fahrenheit) and baked for 22 minutes (the length of time depends on the item's thickness).
After letting the leaves cool, I painted them with watercolor. This kind of paint doesn't adhere well but this was the look I was envisioning -- uneven and streaky (like pottery baked in a kiln).
I allowed the paint to dry and here's how I used my polymer clay leaves:
As a chopstick rest for an Asian-themed dinner. TADA!
It can also function as a paintbrush or pen rest. Double TADA!