Polymer Clay Pyramid Box
Project designed and demonstrated by Michelle Ross.
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Materials and Tools:
card stock for patterns
Kato Polyclay: black, white, copper, plus mix*
pasta machine or roller
7/8" wide satin ribbon
charms & beads of your choice
waterproof stamp pad
toner-based black & white image
burnt umber acrylic paint
acrylic brayer or rod
*To mix the clay used in this project, you'll need: 1 part beige flesh, 1/16th part yellow, 1/16th part brown combined and then mixed with 2 parts white.
Note: All clay thicknesses are given for an Atlas Pasta Machine.
1. Using the card stock, create a paper pattern for the pyramid box and the inner box as explained in the following steps.
2. For the pyramid box bottom, make a square that is 2-3/4 inches across. For the triangular sides, draw a line that is 2-3/4 inches long. From the center of that line, measure up 4 inches and make a mark. Draw two lines, one from the mark to the right side of the 2-3/4-inch line, and one from the mark to the left side.
3. For the inner box, make a 2-inch square and make four sides that are each 3/4" x 2". Tape the small box shape together to use as a support for baking.
4. To make the striped triangle cane, you'll need about half a small block of each color. Condition and roll black and white clay on a #1 setting.
5. Cut eight black and eight white pieces about 3/4" x 2", and stack them alternating colors. Reduce the stack into a longer, thinner piece.
6. Pinch the top edge where you can see the stripes to form a triangle.
7. To make the clay pyramid: Condition the clay and roll to a #1 thickness.
8. Using the paper pattern, cut four triangles, one 2-3/4-inch square, one 2-inch square, and one 3/4" x 8" strip. Stamp two of the triangles with the rubber stamp.
9. Use alcohol to transfer a black and white image on each of the remaining two triangles.
10. Roll copper clay on the #5 setting of the pasta machine and place a strip on the bottom section on two of the triangles.
11. Cut thin slices of the triangle cane and place on the copper clay and decoratively on the two triangles with rubber stamp images.
12. Shape the 2-inch square and the 8-inch strip of clay around the paper pattern you made and bake it on the card stock. Bake at 275 F degrees for 45 minutes.
13. Apply crackle medium according to manufacturer's directions.
16. Cut decorative paper slightly smaller than each triangle and the bottom of the pyramid, and use white glue to adhere it to the inside of the box. This will also conceal the hinges.